Taipei--Civilian groups commemorating the 28th anniversary of China's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Beijing's Tiananmen Square said Sunday that in addition to showing concerns for China's human rights record, they were also expressing their support for detained Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che (???).
Secretary General Chiu E-ling (???) of Taiwan Association for Human Rights, one of the organizers of the Taipei gathering, said Lee will not be the last Taiwanese to be detained on dubious charges and she regrets that both President Tsai Ing-wen and former President Ma Ying-jeou have just issued bland statements calling on China to free Lee as soon as possible.
If the Chinese government keeps ignoring the agreements it signed with Taiwan and refusing to answer Taiwan government's calls for supplying information on Lee's situation, "should Taiwan just acquiesce or stand up and look for effective ways to force it to respond?" she asked.
The organizers said in a statement that 28 years have passed since China's brutal suppression of civilian protesters calling for democracy on June 4, 1989, and their calls have yet to be realized.
"Even more saddening is that the Communist Party of China's clampdown on freedom and democracy activists remains as violent it was 28 years ago," it said.
It pointed out that "complicated political-business relations" among China's dictatorship, its business community and Taiwanese businesses operating in China will have "far reaching impacts on Taiwan" -- as can be seen in the Lee case in which a Taiwan businessman was seen to have played the role of a broker.
"As Taiwanese, we must not harbor any illusion that China's despotic rule will not be expanded to Taiwan as long as we mind our own business well," it said.
"As foreign supporters have helped Taiwanese gain freedom from an authoritarian government, Taiwan - which now enjoys freedom, democracy and human rights - should also help Chinese fight for their human rights," it said.