In Taiwan, the vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Commission Qiu Chuizheng said that he is paying close attention to the incident in which 11 Hong Kong residents including Huang Guotong, the founder of Taiwan Umbrella Restaurant, were arrested by the Hong Kong police on suspicion of assisting 12 Hong Kong residents smuggling into Taiwan. He called on the Hong Kong government to be tolerant. Face the demands of the people. Lin Rongji, the director of Taiwan’s Causeway Bay Bookstore, believes that Hong Kong people no longer have personal safety and called for leaving as soon as possible. He believes that the third wave of arrests is coming, and speculates that online media and online speech may be purged to ensure that no one can criticize anymore. Hong Kong Government.
In response to the arrest of the Hong Kong police, Vice Chairman Qiu Chuizheng of the Mainland Affairs Council stated that in Hong Kong today, lawyer Huang Guotong and other people were arrested. The international community and Taiwan will closely follow the development of the incident.
On January 14, 2021, the vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Commission Qiu Chuizheng: Don’t change things and suppress dissidents. This is the fundamental way to maintain Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
Qiu Chuizheng said: Since the CCP claims to implement one country, two systems, Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong and a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong, it should implement its promise to protect and respect the rights of Hong Kong people to freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. However, since the implementation of the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law, the international community has repeatedly questioned and criticized the actions of related parties that harm human rights.
Qiu Chuizheng pointed out that recent polls in Hong Kong also showed that up to 72% of Hong Kong people were dissatisfied with the development of Hong Kong in the past year, and 60% of the people believed that their lives were unhappy in the past year.
Qiu Chuizheng said: We must once again call for the relevant parties to adopt an tolerant and rational attitude to face the demands of the people and not to intensify politically suppressing dissidents. This is the fundamental way to maintain Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
In an interview with Taiwan’s Causeway Bay Bookstore, Lin Rongji said that when the Hong Kong government conducted the first large-scale arrest, it was expected that there would be a second, but he did not expect it to happen so soon. He believes that the current situation of Hong Kong people is quite dangerous and their own safety is not guaranteed, and he called on those who can leave to leave Hong Kong as soon as possible.
Lin Rongji said: Now Hong Kong is like Stalin, there is no way, Hong Kong people really can’t leave. And I am worried that this is the second wave of arrests, and I believe the third wave will come one after another. Obviously, the Hong Kong government used an excuse to first confiscate the passports of the rebels and prevent them from leaving Hong Kong. Does this restrict the personal freedom of Hong Kong people in a disguised form? We don’t know if they were involved in the so-called 12 Hong Kong people leaving Hong Kong. Although the Hong Kong police said so, didn’t they use this excuse to enlarge it all the way in the third wave? This is really dangerous for everyone.
Lin Rongji called on the Taiwan authorities to relax and speed up the acceptance of Hong Kong people who apply for political reasons to come to Taiwan at a time when Hong Kong people are facing persecution.
Lin Rongji said: I hope that the government of the Republic of China will speed up the approval process for some protesters who want to come over. As far as I know, some people want to leave because the procedures here (Taiwan) are not fast enough. As a result, they cannot come to Taiwan and are prosecuted. This is what I heard.
Lin Rongji believes that the recent two consecutive rounds of large-scale arrests by the Hong Kong government are the moment when the U.S. government has been spotted and there is no time to respond to the Hong Kong issue. He predicts that the third wave of arrests is coming, but it might well be to eliminate Internet speech.
Lin Rongji said: You see that the content of the National Security Act is very vague. So will the next wave be those who write comments on the Internet? Will the scope of capture be enlarged? Everyone has seen that there are still many people in Hong Kong expressing political opinions on the Internet and criticizing the Hong Kong government. Will these people be the next wave? Even now that some online media are being searched, will their reporters be okay? I am worried that they will get involved all the way out. What the Hong Kong government wants is for the people of Hong Kong to shut up, that is, there should be no protest.
As for the umbrella restaurant set up by Huang Guotong opposite the National Taiwan University in Taipei, it is open today, and the staff in the store are unwilling to respond to the incident. National Taiwan University students who ate in the restaurant said that they saw the news and knew that the founder was arrested, so they came to dine to express their support for Hong Kong people.
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