Date
21 September 2017
Pro-democracy campaigners are urging Britain to stand up more firmly for the rights of Hong Kong people. Photo: EJ Insight
Pro-democracy campaigners are urging Britain to stand up more firmly for the rights of Hong Kong people. Photo: EJ Insight

Activists eye mass sit-in outside British consulate

Some netizens are planning to issue a call for a mass sit-in outside the office of the British Consulate-General in a bid to pressure the UK government to stand up for the rights of Hong Kong people, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Activists aim to mobilize about 500 people for an indefinite sit-in from November 21, according to the report. 

Posters have already been put up in Mong Kok and Admiralty, reminding Britain that it is obliged to fulfill its responsibilities as Beijing has violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984 regarding the future of Hong Kong.

One of the organizers of the planned sit-in, who gave her surname as Ching, said authorities have been ignoring citizens’ demand for genuine universal suffrage despite the so-called umbrella revolution. Activists now want to follow the lead of a citizen who had in early October tried to “occupy” the British consulate, she said.

She said they are aware that some British lawmakers are due to visit Hong Kong between late November and early December, and that they want to seize the opportunity to submit a petition letter.

Hongkongers have the right to decide their affairs on their own, except on matters related to defense and foreign affairs, and the citizens are entitled to universal suffrage under the Basic Law, UK officials will be urged to tell Beijing.

Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last colonial governor, said in a British parliament hearing last week that Beijing violated the Basic law by restricting development of democracy in Hong Kong.

Britain has some responsibility over the affairs of its former colony for 50 years based on the joint declaration with Beijing, he said.

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