As the world is looking forward to the trade deal negotiations between China and the United States at G20 Osaka Summit 2019 this Thursday and Friday (28th and 29th June), Hong Kongers are currently grasping any opportunities to express their concerns, with regards to the series of events occured due to the proposed Extradition Bill, before the G20 meeting.
The Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zhang Jun, declared on Monday (24th June) that the Chinese government “would not allow the issues of Hong Kong to be brought up at the G20 summit”.
In fact, it has been common for the Chinese government to denounce attempts of discussing domestic affairs at global forums in order to avoid foreign intervention. Likewise, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, added on last Wednesday (19th June) that, “[W]e want to say this loudly: Pull back the black hand you have shown. Hong Kong is China's domestic affair. You shouldn't interfere in Hong Kong,"
Meanwhile, as mentioned, Hong Kongers are trying to have their concerns raised and addressed at G20 by different means. Andy Chan Ho-tin, a Hong Kong pro-independence political activist, announced on Facebook that he will be joining a protest organised by Free Indo-Pacific Alliance (FIPA) in Osaka. FIPA is an organisation that aims to strive for human rights and freedom of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ population in face of the threat posed by the ‘expansionist and authoritarian tactics of China’.
In hopes of making the anti-Extradition Bill an issue to be highlighted at G20, the general public has initiated a fundraising campaign on GoGetFunding to seek for publicity around the globe. Within hours, a sum of HK$5 million was gathered through crowdfunding.
There was a protest of 1500 people to foreign embassies in Hong Kong today (26th June). The Civil Human Rights Front has organised the G20 Free Hong Kong Assembly at 8pm at Edinburgh Place, Central. It is said that if the government does not withdraw charges against the protesters on the 12 June, further actions would be taken by the protesters tomorrow (27th June).
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