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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters on Friday that her government would treat “friends from Hong Kong” humanely in response reports that dozens of pro-democracy protesters are seeking political asylum in the island nation.
Millions throughout Hong Kong have consistently taken the streets in the past two months demanding autonomy from an increasingly overbearing Chinese Communist Party. At their peak, the protests attracted 2 million people, or nearly one out of three people living in Hong Kong. Protesters originally began organizing against a legislative bill to allow China to extradite anyone present in Hong Kong if it accused them of breaking China’s repressive communist laws.
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Tsai, on a tour of allied Caribbean states, told reporters that “relevant departments are keeping abreast of the situation” regarding potential Hong Kong refugees.
“These friends from Hong Kong will be treated in an appropriate way on humanitarian grounds,” she promised, according to the South China Morning Post.
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Radio Free Asia (RFA) published a report Thursday revealing that as many as 30 Hong Kong residents, who are technically Chinese citizens, have fled to Taiwan. Many of those who left, according to the outlet, were involved in the storming of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) at the beginning of the month. Following Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s announcement that the government had tabled, but not withdrawn, the extradition bill – which allowed lawmakers to revive it at any time – a large crowd broke through the glass exterior of the LegCo headquarters building and destroyed the legislative floor, spray-painting anti-China slogans all over the building and destroying the equipment necessary to hold parliamentary sessions. The protesters were careful not to destroy any areas housing historical artifacts and police reported no incidents of looting.
Despite this, the Chinese government – through hand-picked local Hong Kong authorities – called the incident a “riot”...
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