Taipei, An exhibition of over 1,000 letters, mostly from Hong Kong people who wrote to their family members or friends in Taiwan, opened in Taipei Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.
Documentary film director Chou Shi-lun (周世倫), a co-organizer of the event, said some of the letters displayed are also from Hong Kongers around the world who wanted to send letters home to their family, but did not dare to, while many others are sent from Hong Kong to Hong Kongers living in Taiwan.
Chou said the exhibition is held to salute Hong Kongers who took part in the ongoing pro-democracy movement that started in June last year after the Hong Kong government pushed a draft extradition bill in the territory’s legislature and more recently fueled by China’s plan to apply a national security law in Hong Kong.
“People in Taiwan welcome you to come and settle in Taiwan, and live with us,” said Chou, who expects to see more Hong Kong people facing persecution take refuge abroad.
The exhibition at the Legislative Yuan’s coffee shop, which will run through June 26, is organized by Chou, Ho Chih-wei (何志偉), a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, independent Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐), the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and two groups.
In a recorded video message, Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) thanked Taiwan’s people, government and lawmakers across the parties for their support of Hong Kone people’s fight to protect their freedom.
“Taiwan stands with you,” said Ho, noting it was the Hong Kong government that made students in Hong Kong take to the streets and then accused them of rioting.
Lim, meanwhile, said Taiwan received help from the international community during its democratization in previous decades, which enabled it to enjoy freedoms today. Taiwan is now capable of joining the world in helping Hong Kong pursue democracy, he said.
Apart from the exhibition, another event is planned for Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong by 19 groups, including the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, at Liberty Plaza in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
The Saturday event will start with a press conference at 10 a.m., a gathering of participants in the afternoon and will formally start at 6 p.m., according to organizers.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel