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Edward Snowden rally, Hong Kong, 15 June


A rally in Hong Kong in support of Edward Snowden

The Hong Kong rally for Edward Snowden of 15 June was one of the most highly organised and widely publicised. It brought support from 27 organisations including: Civil Human Rights Front, Defend HK Freedom, Democratic Party, Hong Kong Civil Liberties Union, Hong Kong First, Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union, Hong Kong Women’s Worker Association, Hong Wrong, Labour Party, Land Justice League, League of Social Democrats, Speak for Humanity, Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Neighbourhood and Worker’s Service Centre, and Youth Union.

The same day, before the main rally began, eight members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong marched on the US consulate to demand the US explain their hacking of Hong Kong and Chinese computer systems. They left a petition saying the US should immediately destroy all information obtained without the public’s knowledge.

The 27 organisers were joined by close to 1,000 others. They marched in the rain from Chater Garden to the US consulate to demand an end to the mass surveillance. They continued their march to government headquarters at Tamar, Admiralty, where they handed in a letter demanding the US stop surveillance.

Chanting slogans such as “NSA has no say”, they held placards that read “No Big Brother State”. They were joined by dozens of journalists and camera crews from around the world.