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Standing in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong



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TONY SHELDON SENATOR FOR NSW

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG

Hong Kong authorities must protect the rights of democracy protesters and listen to their demands, said Senator for New South Wales, Tony Sheldon.

Senator Sheldon today addressed a Unions New South Wales rally in the Sydney CBD in support of the mass democracy protests in Hong Kong, now entering their fourth month.

His call came after disturbing reports emerged over the weekend of an escalation of violence, as Hong Kong police targeted demonstrators with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons spiked with blue dye - an indiscriminate tactic that is designed to identify people so they can be pursed for questioning and arrest afterwards.

“This is a time to stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the Chinese people more broadly and to speak out for human rights and dignity,” Senator Sheldon told the rally.

The rally heard how tens thousands of ordinary residents defied a government march ban at the weekend, after the Hong Kong Government arrested pro-democracy activists.

Today, thousands of Hong Kong students are striking on their first day back for 2019-20.

Senator Sheldon called on the Hong Kong authorities to listen to the five demands made by democracy protestors. This includes the withdrawal of the China extradition bill which was the catalyst for the protests, the setting up an independent inquiry into the abuse of power by the police and the holding of fresh elections.

Referring to these demands Senator Sheldon said: “I am saying to the leaders

of Hong Kong the solution is simple…show you are fighting for your community and not against it.”

The rally also heard how dozens of employees of airlines and other businesses have been sacked - simply for participating in these democracy protests and expressing their support for democracy and civil rights in Hong Kong.

At last count, at least 19 staff members from Cathay Pacific Airlines have lost their jobs. Cathay’s CEO, Rupert Hogg has also resigned under pressure, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China has effectively banned all staff from joining any protests - bowing to pressure from China that those who participate in protests may not fly over mainland China airspace.

MONDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

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