Hundreds rally in Taiwan, call for release of Hong Kong people arrested by China

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Hundreds of people rallied in Taiwan’s capital on Sunday to call for China to release 12 Hongkongers arrested at sea by mainland authorities as part of a global campaign to support the pro-democracy movement in the financial hub. Many demonstrators wore black shirts, with some holding signs demanding “immediate release” for the 12 and others trampling over a Chinese flag, to show a distaste for the Chinese Communist Party. The 12 were arrested on Aug. 23 for alleged illegal entry into mainland China after setting off from Hong Kong in a boat bound for Taiwan, amid a crackdown by Beijing on pro-democracy activists in the former British colony. Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has said all 12 were suspected of committing crimes including manufacturing or possessing explosives, arson and rioting in Hong Kong. Ten of them were on bail and not allowed to leave Hong Kong, authorities have said. Taiwan shares with the Hong Kong protesters a deep antipathy for Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. MORE: For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: #HongKong #GlobalNews #Taiwan

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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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