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MAC News Reference Material: Explanation on the June 9th Protests in Hong Kong against the Extradition to China Bill

June 9, 2019

1. Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong joined a protest against the Extradiciton to China bill today. The protesters demand that the Hong Kong government withdraw the draft amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (FOO). This concrete action fully demonstrates their strong determination and will to defend freedom, the rule of law, and human rights. They also are saying "No" to the Hong Kong government's peremptory legal amendments. Taiwan sincerely admires the Hong Kong public for such action and calls on the Hong Kong government to not continue to feign ignorance and disregard the society's concerns and doubts.

2. The Hong Kong government has claimed that the proposed amendments to the FOO are aimed at resolving a case involving the murder of a Hong Kong woman (in Taiwan). The government of the Republic of China (ROC) has repeatedly stated firmly that it will never accept any actions intended to eradicate national sovereignty and refuse to accept case-by-case extradition premised on the legal amendments. The Hong Kong government has unreasonably pushed ahead with the amendments based on the upcoming release of the suspect in the said murder case later this October. In fact the government is undermining human rights under the pretense of seeking justice. Taiwan believes that the Hong Kong government should withdraw the draft amendments and not repeat its errors by opening the malicious door of extradition to China.

3. Since Hong Kong's handover to mainland China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has steadily eroded freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in Hong Kong. The legal amendments that the Hong Kong government is trying to ram through will undoubtedly ring the death knell for "one country, two systems." We therefore appeal to the people of Taiwan to learn from Hong Kong. The public should be on high alert to the deceitful nature of the CCP regime, clearly recognize the ruse of "one country, two systems model for Taiwan," jointly defend the sovereignty of the ROC, and resist the CCP's insidious schemes.