Tag Archives : Politics: Activism


PHOTOGRAPHY – Hong Kong Snowden Rally Photos (Part 3 of 4) 7

Hundreds gathered last weekend for a rally in support of Edward Snowden. Photos below, as part of our four-part coverage of the event… See also:

The panoramas below were taken by See-ming Lee


ACTIVISM – Hong Kong Snowden Rally Media Coverage (Part 2 of 4) 30

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Media coverage below, as part of our four-part coverage of the event… See also:

An unprecedented number of local social and political groups came together on Saturday at the supportsnowden.org rally in solidarity with the American NSA whistleblower. 27 co-organisers joined more than 900 Hong Kong and foreign demonstrators (according to an independent head count). With 6 speakers, including 3 LEGCO members, they marched in the rain from Chater Garden to the US Consulate, demanding an end to surveillance of innocent citizens. A letter (PDF) was handed in to Ambassador Steve Young demanding that the human right to a private life is upheld (Article 8 of the UN declaration). Accompanied by the world’s media, marchers then convened at HK Government HQ in Admiralty, demanding that Chief Executive CY Leung speak up, protect Snowden and ensure rule of law is upheld without interference from Beijing.

Despite the weather and warnings from the US consulate to avoid the area and Chater Garden, this was the biggest rally yet, worldwide, on the NSA/PRISM issue. The SCMP reported that, for some, it was their first ever march. A large proportion were expats and many bought their children along. More details, photos and videos will be up on the blog later this week. Collected below is some of the early coverage – this page will update on Sunday. Also be sure to check out the SCMP live blog.

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ACTIVISM – Preview of Today’s Hong Kong ‘Support Snowden’ Rally (Part 1 of 4) 11

Preview below, as part of our four-part coverage of the event… See also:

Today at 3pm, hundreds will gather at Chater Garden (exit J2, Central)  in support of Edward Snowden. Over 15,000 have been invited online with 600+ confirmed. The world’s media will cover the event live. An unprecedented 28 groups are now on board – a diverse and unified showing of concerned Hong Kongers. 6 speakers are confirmed, half of whom are serving LEGCO members, and we’ll be rallying at three key locations in the heart of the city this afternoon…

Preparations at the InMedia HQ took place last night – we have some whistles, waterproof placards and decorated umbrellas but please bring your own. This afternoon, we will all be whistleblowers! You can download placards here and be sure to join us, even if it rains. (Especially if it rains!).


EVENT – Rally to Support Edward Snowden in Hong Kong: This Saturday, 3pm 44

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Hong Kong Rally in Support of Edward Snowden this Saturday, 3pm Chater Garden (exit J2, Central). Hosted by InMedia and Hong Wrong. See supportsnowden.org for details and bring a whistle! Over 14,000+ invited at the time of writing, but we need you to show up with your whistles!

Event

Rally tag: #snowdenhk Live updates on Twitter here.
Click to tweet this event in English or in Chinese.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Albert Ho, Director, HK Alliance & HK election Democratic runner-up, “Why this case is important for HK’s future” 
  • Law Yuk Kai, Director, HK Human Rights Monitor: “Hong Kong’s legal system & international legal system”
  • Ip lam Chong, In-Media HK: “The implications of Edward Snowden coming to Hong Kong”
  • Claudia Mo, LegCo member, founding member of Civic Party: “Whistleblowers and free speech in HK”
  • Charles Mok, LegCo: “The right to communicate safely online and freedom of expression”

Download placards or make your own…

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ACTIVISM – Giant Dog Shit is Re-dedicated to Politician Chan Kam-Lam 11

Dreadful pro-Beijing DAB politician Chan Kam-lam reckons that art in HK should be censored, believing that works such as Tiananmen by Ai Wei Wei have no place at the upcoming contemporary art museum, Mobile+.  

The SCMP reported that Chan said that “Works that are indecent, vulgar, political and insulting are not works of art”. As a response to this viewpoint – a re-dedication ceremony took place yesterday at the Cultural District, where a giant inflatable pile of dog shit was renamed in his honour. Permanent signage was erected to inform visitors of the new commemoration…

‘Complex Shit’ by Paul McCarthy re-dedicated to Mr Chan.

The pile of shit has a lot in common with Chan Kam-lam – not only does he talk a lot of crap, but both of them are full of hot air and lacking in intellect.

It is not the only dubious accolade Chan received this year… He also happens also to be the laziest lawmaker in LEGCO. In February, it was reported that he had not initiated one single question or tabled a motion since the Legislative Council resumed last October.

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Left: Tiananmen (1998) by Ai Wei Wei. Right: Chan Kam-lam looking proper miserable.

By closing time last night, security and volunteers at the site were happy to leave the tribute to Mr Chan in place.


ACTIVISM – Torture Victims March for Protection: This Sat, 2pm, Central 2

Refugees, torture survivors, NGOs and faith groups will march through the centre of HK this Saturday to protest the government’s treatment of torture victims and to call for an urgent review of the screening system for assessing protection claims.

Despite its international obligations, HK has only ever recognised a total of three torture claimants out of 12,400 applications since 1992. 99.98% of claims were rejected, with the victims often being sent back to the horrors they thought they’d escaped. This blanket rejection of practically all applications brings international shame on our city. A city which is exceptionally wealthy and supposedly  respects human right.

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In 1992, the Hong Kong Government signed up to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The Immigration Department set up a screening mechanism to assess refugees’ claims


ACTIVISM – Shots from Today’s National Education Protest 5

Below are some shots from this afternoon’s LEGCO demonstration against gov’t plans for patriotic ‘national education’ classes. As this latest political shitstorm hits the headlines across the world, 10,000 protesters, teachers, parents and students are expected to continue pouring into the government site. It is likely the gathering will progress long into the night.

Meanwhile, the new SCMP website comes kicking-and-screaming into the 21st century with a live blog (viewable even to non-subscribing peasants).

Coverage:

(Meanwhile, China Daily insists Hong Kongers are ‘ignorant and biassed’.)


ACTIVISM – £2420 ‘Arrest Blair’ Bounty Awarded 6

George Monbiot’s arrestblair.org campaign awarded a bounty of £2,420.89 this week for my attempted arrest of Tony Blair in Hong Kong this summer. It comes on the day Desmond Tutu refused to share a platform with Blair in South Africa.

The sum will be converted to Hong Kong dollars and donated to: The Palestinian Centre for Human RightsDemocracy Now!West Sahara Resource WatchStudents for Justice in Palestine National Conference and others. Receipts to be published on my personal blog.

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ACTIVISM – Why I Attempted to Arrest Tony Blair 3

This entry below is a piece for New Internationalist Magazine and is a cross-post from my personal site

Click here for news on the HK$30,000 Arrest Blair ‘bounty’ award.

Mr Blair last month

Last Thursday, I attempted a citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair for crimes against peace as he was about to present a speech at Hong Kong University about faith. It seems particularly dubious for the ex-British Prime Minister to address the subject of religion, as he has done so much to enrage the Muslim world and thus set back religious tolerance by decades.


ACTIVISM – HK LGBT Anti-Discrimination Rally: Photos 3

Yesterday, Hong Kongers marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in preparation for a soon-to-be-released ‘climate report’ into the cultural state of affairs for the LGBT community in HK. Over 100 people gathered in Chater Garden, Central dressed in black to give a ‘final burial’ to homophobic and transphobic bullying.

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The emotional rally came days after Obama voiced his support for gay marriage and almost a month after local Cantopop star Anthony Wong came out at a live concert

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The city often plays ‘catch-up’ with the rest of the democratic world in that homosexuality was only legalised in the 90’s and the age of consent was only equalised for gay couples in 2006 (despite opposition from Donald Tsang). In 2008, a judge upheld a ruling against RTHK for broadcasting a programme about homosexuality which failed to give air-time to homophobic counter viewpoints. And until as recently as 2009 , co-habiting gay couples were not recognised in the Domestic Violence Ordinance.

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