Hongkong: Taiwan and China are again accusing each other on Hong Kong issue.
Taiwan lacks a formal legal mechanism for assessing and granting asylum requests,
although it has granted residency to several vocal opponents of the Chinese government.
On Monday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office,
said Taiwan’s offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants”
and encourage their “audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a “heaven for ducking the law.”
Mr. Ma demanded that Taiwan’s government “cease undermining the rule of law” in Hong Kong, cease interfering in its affairs and not “condone criminals.”
Taiwan interference came after violence escalated
They participated in Sunday’s Hong Kong rally and march, although the police estimate was far lower.
Police said the protest was “generally peaceful” but accused a large group of people
of “breaching public peace” afterward by occupying a major thoroughfare and using
slingshots to shoot “hard objects” at government headquarters and pointing lasers at police officers.
The protests have at times been marked by violent clashes with police,
who say they have arrested more than 700 participants since the demonstrations started in June.
However, law enforcement officers kept a low profile Sunday, with no riot police seen from
the procession’s main routes. When stragglers convened outside a government complex in the late evening, other protesters urged them to go home.
More protests are planned for the coming weeks, with various rallies organized by accountants, transport workers, high school students and relatives of police officers.
Demonstrators’ frustrations over what they perceive to be the government’s refusal to
respond to their demands boiled over last week with the occupation of Hong Kong’s
international airport, during which a reporter for a Chinese Communist Party-owned
newspaper was assaulted, and attacks on a number of police stations.
A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to Beijing in 1997 under the framework
of “one country, two systems,” which promised residents certain democratic rights not
afforded to people in mainland China. But some Hong Kongers have accused the
Communist Party-ruled central government of eroding their freedoms in recent years.