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UK: Demo in support of Hong Kong protests held in London

2 19.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Protesters with signs on Downing Street, London
C/U Protester holding sign reading "No Rioters Only Tyranny"
M/S Protesters with signs
W/S Protesters
M/S Protesters
M/S Protesters with signs
M/S Signs reading "The new generation of Hong Kong, never surrender!" and "If UK does not hold China to account, what else will they let CCP do"
W/S Protesters
SOT, Arnold, Protester: "We're here today, I mean the most immediate cause was because of the police assault at Polytechnic University in Hong Kong yesterday. We're seeing police sieged to a university campus, where people are running low on food, where the wounded aren't being treated, or even are getting both the wounded and the people treating them are getting arrested. And I mean of bigger picture, we've been doing this since June, first of all against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, also against police brutality and arbitrary prosecutions in Hong Kong and obviously [we're] calling for universal suffrage. And we're here at the sit-in at Downing Street because we are urging the UK government to take much stronger action, to make sure that the PRC [People's Republic of China] complies with the Joint Declaration and to speak up for rights in Hong Kong."
M/S Protesters with signs
SOT, Janet, Protester: "There's been increasing violence in Hong Kong. Especially when, two days ago, the police just attacked the university and didn't allow anyone to leave. And that was just really unacceptable, because universities are supposed to be open for everyone and people have the freedom to gather and simply just be there. But now it became illegal, it's just really absurd. And they fire a lot of tear gas, and even the principal of the university tried to negotiate with them, ask them to just let go of the students. They refused to talk. And this level of violence is just out of control and I don't think we can ever accept it. I know there's not much we can do here, but we're still here just to show that we won't give up on fighting, that's all."
W/S Protesters *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Janet, protester: "Well, we have no hope actually. I know that the British government wouldn't do much, they won't grant us the British citizenship, we know that. But still, we just hope that they will at least try to talk to the China government and make sure the [Joint] Declaration they signed in 1989 [signed in 1984], that the terms [are] still valid. That's the only hope we have now."
M/S Protesters with signs
C/U Protester's helmet with sticker on it
W/S Protesters with signs
M/S Downing Street
SCRIPT
Demonstrators gathered on Downing Street in London, on Monday, to stand in solidarity with the ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Demonstrators were seen with signs reading "The new generation of Hong Kong, never surrender!" and "No Rioters Only Tyranny."
The protesters touched on the situation inside the Polytechnic University, where protesters have been holed up for almost a week.
"There's been increasing violence in Hong Kong. Especially when, two days ago, the police just attacked the university and didn't allow anyone to leave. And that was just really unacceptable, because universities are supposed to be open for everyone," said Janet, one of the protesters.
Another demonstrator, Arnold, explained that their sit-in aims at "urging the UK government to take much stronger action, to make sure that the PRC [People's Republic of China] complies with the Joint Declaration and to speak up for rights in Hong Kong."
Janet added that although there is "not much" they can do, they protest to "show that we won't give up on fighting."
Police are said to have arrested at least 40 students trying to break through a security cordon at the university campus on Monday.
Polytechnic University has become the scene of some of the most tense confrontations between police and protesters in more than five months of unrest in the Chinese territory.
Hong Kong has been rocked by protests sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March. The rallies have since evolved into a wider movement against the government, marked by violent clashes between protesters and the authorities.