Former Taiwanese student leader proposes international group to support Hong Kong

Hong Kong democracy activists fear for their lives: Joshua Wong

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Lin Fei-fan (center) at a 2019 protest to support Hong Kong democracy 

Lin Fei-fan (center) at a 2019 protest to support Hong Kong democracy  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following China’s decision to introduce a national security law to crush dissent in Hong Kong, former Sunflower Movement leader Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) on Friday (May 22) proposed forming an international humanitarian team to support the former British territory’s democracy activists.

Lin, who now serves as deputy secretary general of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggested the island’s government reach out to friendly countries such as the United States in order to set up a framework for cooperation or an international team to support Hong Kong, CNA reported.

He said democracy activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) had told him on the phone Friday that as a result of the proposed Chinese law, many of his friends and colleagues in Hong Kong now fear for their lives.

As freedoms and human rights in the special administrative region retreat, Taiwan needs to play an even stronger role as a defender of democratic values in the region, Lin said.

He also proposed a joint reaction to China’s security law by both the ruling and the opposition camps at the Legislative Yuan and the drawing up of more measures to assist Hongkongers. Following widespread protests in the territory against the extradition law proposed last year, applications to emigrate to Taiwan rose significantly, according to reports.