Protest group calls for foreign help

Top News | Amy Nip 8 Aug 2019

An alliance of university student unions and an online group known for inviting foreign intervention will organize an assembly next week to call on the British and US governments to safeguard Hong Kong from Beijing interference.

Unions from 11 higher institutions - including the eight universities that qualify for government grants and the Shue Yan, Education and Open universities as well as the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - established the Hong Kong Higher Institutions International Affairs Delegation last month.

The group is joining forces with the Lihkg forum's "scorched-earth team" to organize a rally on Friday next week in Chater Garden, Central. The group filed an application to police yesterday for a letter of no objection.

The Stand With Hong Kong, Power to the People rally aims to unite local and international efforts in fighting for universal suffrage.

"We look to the UK and US governments to declare a breach of the internationally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration by the Chinese government and legislate sanctions to return power to Hongkongers and safeguard Hong Kong from Chinese interference," the group stated.

Even if Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng quits and an independent commission of inquiry is set up, "only a truly democratic government established by universal suffrage can ensure that the political turmoil and continuous police brutality inflicted upon the city in the last two months will not be repeated," the group added.

The scorched-earth team is behind a crowdfunding campaign covering breaches of the joint declaration.

And during the past three weeks the team has published advertisements in British media, set up billboard displays and organized events in UK cities that include a double-decker bus rally and a bike-ride protest to focus on the fugitive bill controversy.

Online messages have gone out to call on people to gather at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui today and also to "welcome visitors arriving at Hong Kong International Airport" for three consecutive days starting tomorrow.

A rally will be held in Tai Po on Saturday and another in the east of Hong Kong Island on Sunday.

Meanwhile in Australia, four masked men tore down anti-extradition messages on a "Lennon wall" inside the University of Queensland in Brisbane, which drew condemnation from authorities there. They hope CCTV coverage could identify the vandals.

Also yesterday, the Hong Kong Journalists Association condemned protesters who damaged a TVB News vehicle in Wong Tai Sin on Monday.

It highlighted the fact the action threatened the physical safety of journalists and infringed on freedom of the press.

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