Despite the cold and wet weather, protestors gathered on June 13 at Rundle Mall in the Adelaide CBD, the capital city of South Australia, to mark the first anniversary of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
The demonstrators were mostly university students from Hong Kong. They stood quietly, several feet apart, forming a chain 100 meters down a pedestrian mall.
It was a stark contrast to recent protests that saw several capital city centers crowded with up to 20,000 protestors and social distancing rules ignored.
Standing in Rundle Mall, the Hong Kong students banners read “Liberate Hong Kong: the Revolution of Our Times” and “CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is a Terrorist Organisation.”
They expressed their support for Hong Kongers ongoing fight for freedom against the tyrannical Chinese communist regime.
They also called for Australians to stand up to the CCPs bullying of other countries in recent months—what has become known as the CCPs aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomacy.
Fiona Hui, one of the participants, told the Chinese Epoch Times that the demonstration was to raise awareness and deliver a key message: “Protect Australia; Free Hong.”
“We are here to back Hong Kongers ongoing fight for dual universal suffrage for the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive to elect a truly democratic government,” Hui said.
Hui explained that it is their right, stipulated in the Joint Declaration signed by Britain and China in 1984, but it has been banned by Beijing and Hong Kongs government.
Among the protestors biggest concerns is the Hong Kong National Security Law Beijing legislated in May.
On May 28, Beijing passed sweeping national security laws on the city of Hong Kong. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the law would “curtail the Hong Kong peoples liberties” and “dramatically erode Hong Kongs autonomy and the system.”
“We are here to say no to the national security law as it will drastically threaten our basic right such as free speech, free press, free assembly rights, etc,” said Hui.
“We are also requesting the release of lawmaker Ted Hui who was arrested by police brutally yesterday (on June 12),” she added.
Living and studying in Australia, the group were also concerned about the CCPs infiltration of Australia and expressed their support for Australia protecting its sovereignty.
“We fully support Australia governments request for an independent inquiry into the origin of COVID-19 pandemic, as it has not only claimed millions of lives, but also impacted many businesses, which could have been avoided if not were for the CCPs lying and cover-up, ”said Hui.
The Hong Kongers also resonated with the recent advocacy to reduce economic reliance on China by Australian businesses and consumers. Hui said she believes everyone can play a part.
“We are urging for Australians to boycott One Belt One Road initiative pushed by the CCP, as we cannot afford to trade off our resources for short term money,” she said. “Also do not buy products made in China if possible.”
The demonstration amidst the rain caught the attention of many passers-by, with some stopping to express their condemnation of the CCP and support for the Hong Kongers.
Hui said she was encouraged that some passersby were from mainland China and showed an interest in the protest.
She said more people around the world, including mainland Chinese people, were now awakening to the “true colour” of the CCP, but also said: “We still need to get across the message to a wider audiencRead More – Source