Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists attend the press conference by Taiwanese legislators on Monday. Photo: AFP
Demosisto legislator Nathan Law has denied “colluding” with Taiwanese independence advocates in fighting for a more democratic SAR.
Law and a number of other pro-democracy lawmakers and activists, including Chu Hoi-dick and Ray Chan, on Monday attended a press conference by 18 Taiwanese politicians who have formed an alliance to support calls for democracy in Hong Kong.
Their move drew fire from the pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao newspaper, which on its front page, accused them of violating their Legco oaths, when they swore allegiance to the HKSAR.
The paper also alleged that the Taiwanese lawmakers had blatantly interfered in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.
But Law denied such accusations, pointing out that he and the other Hong Kong lawmakers did not actually join the alliance. He said they were simply at the press conference to thank their Taiwanese counterparts for their support, and said there was nothing wrong with exchanging ideas with them.
Demosisto’s Secretary-General, Joshua Wong, also said the two sides will not touch on issues such as the idea of Hong Kong independence or the mainland’s sovereignty over the SAR.
Lawmaker Raymond Chan also denied that they were teaming up with Taiwan independence activists. He said CY Leung is tarring all those who disagree with Beijing as separatists and advocates of independence.
But Democratic Party lawmaker James To said he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to co-operate with Taiwanese politicians on democratic development as the two places have a very different political and historical background.
He said it was only during the last five years that the idea of independence emerged and he blamed CY Leung’s government for that, saying it was down to its failed implementation of the One Country, Two Systems principle.