數千人遮打花園集會 撐加泰 Thousands Rally to Support Catalonia at Chater Garden
今晚於中環遮打花園舉行「加泰人權自由集會」，早前網上引起激烈辯論。有網民認為撐加泰集會可能影響美國《香港人權與民主法案》，勸喻公眾切勿出席。晚上7時，數千人聚集於遮打花園，包括西班牙及加泰隆尼亞人。… Continue reading
晚上7時，數千人聚集於遮打花園，包括很多西班牙及加泰隆尼亞人，手持加泰國旗，高叫「與加泰並肩」(Stand with Catalonia)。
Netizens launched a “Hong Kong-Catalonia Solidarity Rally” at Chater Garden tonight, which caused a heated debate on the Internet. Netizens quoted a Twitter post by Solomon Yue, vice-chairman and CEO of Republican Overseas, calling on Hong Kong people not to link the anti-extradition movement to Catalonia independence; some netizens believe that may affect the US Senate support when reviewing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and advise the public not to attend.
The organiser Ventus Lau said that the rally will be held as scheduled. “This rally is focused on police brutality in Catalonia and to defend universal values such as human rights and freedom, because they face similar situation as Hong Kong. We will not intervene in the internal affairs of other countries and only deal with humanitarian issues.”
Some netizens believe that participation in the rally is tantamount to supporting independence and will be so branded by Beijing. Ernie Chow, co-organiser and former Chinese University student union president, believes that if this logic is used, it will be the same as Beijing branding the movement as separatist. “If there is separatism, are they not eligible to have human rights and freedom of speech?”
At 7 pm, thousands of protesters flooded Chater Garden, including many Spaniards and Catalonians. The waved Catalonian flags and chanted “Stand with Catalonia.”