Nearly thousand people attended a rally in Hong Kong today to urge people and governments abroad to support the city’s pro-democracy movement and oppose China’s ruling Communist Party.
Representatives of allied activist groups from Canada, Europe and Taiwan led the attendees in the rally. Speakers also celebrated the results of yesterday’s presidential election in Taiwan that saw the Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen voted to a second term in a landslide.
Months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, have driven home to many in Taiwan the contrast between their democratically governed island and authoritarian mainland China.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Central on Sunday afternoon for a rally calling for international sanctions against #HongKong and Chinese government.
Hong Kong’s economy sank into a recession for the first time in 10 years in the third quarter of 2019, as the protests kept tourists away, dealing a severe blow to the semi-autonomous territory’s shops and restaurants.
Many protests involved violent clashes between protesters and the police on central streets lined by the city’s tallest towers hosting top finance companies.
Some financial firms have been caught in the middle, with branches of mainland banks repeatedly vandalized as protesters vented their anger at what they perceive as Beijing meddling in the city’s affairs, an accusation denied by Beijing which blames the West for fomenting unrest.