The situation

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From 9 June, over a million people came out to protest on the streets of Hong Kong. But instead of listening to the people and withdrawing the bill, the government’s response was to crack down on protests with excessive police violence.

On 12 June police used tear gas, pepper spray, and in some instances fired bean bags and rubber bullets to disperse a largely peaceful protest.

There were 81 casualties on the day - our research has shown that this police violence violated international human rights law and standards.

Attack by armed thugs

On 22 July a group of masked men wearing white t-shirts descended on a train station in downtown Hong Kong, beating up passengers at random with bats and metal rods.

Suspected to be triad gangsters, there are worrying reports that these men could have been hired by Beijing, and that Hong Kong police allowed the attacks to happen unchallenged.

Many of the passengers attacked were on their way back from a pro-democracy rally, suggesting this was an attempt to scare off future protests.

What happens next?

The situation in Hong Kong is still incredibly tense.

For now, the Hong Kong government has put the new law on hold - but it has not been withdrawn and could be passed at any moment.

On top of this, the government continues to prosecute pro-democracy activists, including those behind the Umbrella Movement of 2014.

Will you join us in demanding these three simple things from the Hong Kong government? 

  1. Demand the extradition bill is dropped immediately
  2. Allow peaceful pro-democracy protests to happen unchallenged
  3. Investigate the unjust use of force by police towards peaceful protesters