October 1st and 2nd (Wednesday and Thursday) will be public holidays. October 1st will be the 65th anniversary of the Communist Party's seizure of power in Peking. Fireworks celebrations scheduled for Wednesday evening have been cancelled in Hong Kong.



Chi-Com President Xi Jinping 習近平:

"We will continue to carry out 'one country, two systems' and the Basic Law in Hong Kong, which serve the interests of the nation, the interests of Hong Kong people, and the interests of foreign investors."

Hua Chunying 華春瑩, Chi-Com Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman:

"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong!"


Lai Zhen-chang 賴振昌, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip:

"China has broken the promises it gave to Tibet in the 17-Point Peace Agreement signed in 1951 and those given to Hong Kong — that it would be allowed autonomy for at least 50 years — prior to China's takeover of the territory in 1997. This shows that any agreements signed with China are meaningless."

Chou Ni-an 周倪安, a TSU legislator:

"We should learn the lesson from Hong Kong on what might happen when we are economically overdependent on China. The TSU condemns Hong Kong police for violence against student protesters and we voice our support for Hong Kong's campaign for democracy. We also call on the government to learn from Hong Kong and suspend the signing of any agreements with China."

Hsiao Bi-khim 蕭美琴, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip:

"The DPP caucus strongly condemns violent crackdowns and any acts against democracy. The caucus will also propose a resolution to show our concerns for the democratic movement in Hong Kong, as well as our objection to the 'one country, two systems' scheme."

Tsai Huang-liang 蔡煌瑯, a DPP Legislator:

"I felt saddened last night when I saw a picture on the Internet of a man holding a placard that read: 'I am Hong Kongese; I would like to urge all Taiwanese to stand on our corpses and think about your future.' The crackdown in Hong Kong teaches the lesson that 'one country, two systems' is only a big lie. No matter which political party you support, all Taiwanese should show support for Hong Kong’s democracy movement."

Taipei Times Editorial:

"Tibetans living in exile in Taiwan have warned of the dangers of Chinese rule, and now, Hong Kongers have joined their calls. At an event to support the Hong Kong demonstrators held at Liberty Square in Taipei, several tearful Hong Kong expatriates spoke about their suffering and warned Taiwanese not to trust Beijing. Unfortunately, government officials in Taipei do not seem to be alert to the situation in Hong Kong."

Taipei Times:

"Demonstrators stormed the lobby of the Hong Kong representative office in Taipei late on Sunday night. About 100 demonstrators, mostly students, dispersed at about 10am after a tense exchange with office director John Leung 梁志仁 and minor clashes with police. Throughout the night, demonstrators sang songs and chanted slogans in Mandarin, Taiwanese and Cantonese, with many taught on the spot by students from Hong Kong. Headed by Sunflower movement leaders Chen Wei-ting 陳為廷 and Lin Fei-fan 林飛帆, the group demanded that President Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九 halt all political and economic cross-strait negotiations."


Alex Chow Yongkang 周永康, leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students:

"We demand the government responds to our call to endorse civil nominations. Hong Kongers must reject fake elections."

Nicola Cheung, an 18-year-old student at Baptist University:

"Yes, it's going to get violent again because the Hong Kong government isn't going to stand for us occupying this area. We are fighting for our core values of democracy and freedom, and that is not something violence can scare us away from."

Edward Yeung, a 55-year-old taxi driver:

"If today I don’t stand up, I will hate myself in future. Even if I get a criminal record, it will be a glorious one."

Ivan Yeung, a 27-year-old who works in marketing:

"We are more confident now. The police don't have enough officers to close down the districts where there are protests."

Surya Deva, a law professor at the City University of Hong Kong:

"The difficulty is that there seems to be no going back for both sides. Which side will blink first is difficult to say, but I think protestors will prevail in the long run."

Cheung Tak-keung, Assistant Police Commissioner:

"Tear gas was used 87 times, at nine different locations. Force is used in a situation when we have no other alternatives."

The Hong Kong Bar Association:

"We condemn the excessive and disproportionate use of force against crowds which were clearly predominantly peaceful."

Leung Chun-ying 梁振英, Hong Kong Chief Executive:

"Occupy Central founders had said repeatedly that if the movement is getting out of control, they would call for it to stop. I'm now asking them to fulfill the promise they made to society, and stop this campaign immediately. The central government will not be coerced into submission."

Chan Kin-man, a co-founder of 'Occupy Central':

"If Leung Chun-ying announces his resignation, this occupation will be at least temporarily stopped in a short period of time, and we will decide on the next move."

Phoebe Wong, a 23-year-old demonstrator:

"We have to keep fighting for freedom and democracy because it has been gradually taken away from us. People won't stop until we have a result we're happy with. It feels like the government doesn't care about us and isn't listening."

Lau Ka-yee 劉家儀, a Hong Kong political activist:

"Taiwanese often say that today's Hong Kong will be tomorrow's Taiwan. However, I think: 'Today's Hong Kong is today's Taiwan' is closer to the truth. People need to gain a sense of urgency."

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