TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Hong Kong political dissident Lui Chi-hang (呂智恆) began a hunger strike at Taiwan’s legislature on Tuesday night with an intention of warning Taiwanese people who stand for unification with China not to harbor unrealistic expectations.
Lui pitched a tent at a side entrance to the legislature around 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. He told the media that his hunger strike will last for a week from Oct. 3 to the Double Ten Day. He said he would only rely on sports drinks to survive the week.
Liu said he chose to stage the hunger strike on Mid-Autumn Festival also because he wanted to remind people in Taiwan and Hong Kong not to forget Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-cheh (李明哲), who was detained after traveling to China and was forced to plead guilty to Chinese state subversion charges, as well as Hong Kong student movement leader Wong Chi-fung, who was arrested for his role in the Occupation Movement.
He said the Taiwanese government was weak in the handling of the Lee Ming-cheh.
He also urged Taiwanese people not to trust China’s “ one country, two systems” model, saying if they accept it, the hard-earned democracy Taiwanese people are now enjoying could disappear one day.