Taiwan Church News
October 6 - October 12, 2014
Taiwan Supports Hong Kong's Occupy Central Movement For Substantial Universal Suffrage and Real Democracy
Reported by Lin Yi-yin
To support HK's Occupy Central democratic movement, many Taiwanese social groups summoned by 318 Student Movement leaders, Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, take part in an assembly at Taipei's Liberty Square in the evening of October 1. It is estimated over 10,000 people have attended this demonstration.
Pioneering campaigner or peaceful and non-violent movement in Taiwan, Professor Lin Tse-fu, also attends this assembly accompanied by three PCT officials: Rev. Ng Tiat-gan, Director of R&D; Evangelist Yeh Chin-an of Ecumenical and International Committee; Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of Church and Society Committee.
Rev. Lin said that a 100% universal suffrage is the basic rights of HK people, it should never be dictated by Beijing's power elite and make HK people running to vote like a squirrel in the cage. Rev. Ng points out the reasons, why HK people are taking on the street, are due to their fury toward the void universal suffrage and the clamp down on the freedom of expression. Ng talk in straight that HK's current situation, "one nation, two system" under China ruling, is a mirror image for future Taiwan. And Taiwan's Ma administration should take a serious thought about her China-inclined policy and practices.
Evangelist Yeh pays his tribute to the prophetic statement of HK Church: condemning police violence and rejecting the empty election of HK chief executive from 2017 on, as such courageous stance by HK people is consistent with PCT's confession of faith: It [the Church] is both universal and rooted in this land, identifying with all its inhabitants, and through love and suffering becoming the sign of hope. PCT will carry on to support and concern about HK's umbrella revolution, says Yeh.
Promoting a famous social action guidance, SELF-LIBERATION: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship and Other Oppression by Dr. Gene Sharp, Professor Lin Tse-fu urges HK student leaders and social activists to learn from this book as early as possible in order to deliver a holistic strategy to be applied on peaceful action. This book can be free download from website: www.aeinstein.org.
Lin stresses that the strategically planned peaceful and non-violent action, though still could not avoid inevitable threats and dangers, the chance of success is relatively high with low risks. To consolidate the achievements of umbrella revolution and make it blossoms further, Lin earnestly wish HK people would learn such peaceful and non-violent action early and setup some strategies to respond.
Translated by Peter Wolfe