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Energized "Blow the Whistle" rally in rain-soaked Hong Kong demonstrates support for Snowden and Freedom - w/ UPDATE

HONG KONG, Hong Kong — Hundreds of protesters staged a rally in rain-hit Hong Kong Saturday to urge the city's government not to extradite former spy Edward Snowden, and slam the United States for its surveillance programmes.

The city's first major demonstration on the issue saw protesters, including pro-democracy lawmakers, activists and a large number of expatriates march to the US consulate holding banners and shouting "Defend Free Speech", "Protect Snowden", "No Extradition" and "Respect Hong Kong Law".

Many blew their whistles loudly and wore masks with Snowden's face on it. "Today we all blow the whistle," shouted Tom Grundy, a British blogger and activist who lives in Hong Kong.

One protester held a sign of US President Barack Obama's famous 'Hope' poster, edited to show the leader as a spy wearing large headphones. Another sign read: "Betray Snowden, Betray freedom".

https://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j_pJ3FPr...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/15/do-not-extradite...

Video: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/15/snowden-pr...

UPDATE 06/16: Live blog, videos and pics! Very inspirational! (See comment below.)

HongWrong.com: http://hongwrong.com/snowden-hong-kong-media/
South China Morning Post: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1261433/live-upda...



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Update: Live blog, videos, and pics

It is heart-warming and inspiring to read the posts and view the many pictures and videos on the HongWrong.com site of the Snowden/Liberty rally in Hong Kong, held Saturday afternoon--in the rain. There are also links to many other sites providing international coverage of the event. You won't want to miss this update!

HongWrong.com: http://hongwrong.com/snowden-hong-kong-media/
See also South China Morning Post: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1261433/live-upda...

An unprecedented number of local social and political groups came together on Saturday at the supportsnowden.org rally in solidarity with the American NSA whistleblower. 27 co-organisers joined more than 900 Hong Kong and foreign demonstrators (according to an independent head count). With 6 speakers, including 3 LEGCO members, they marched in the rain from Chater Garden to the US Consulate, demanding an end to surveillance of innocent citizens. A letter (PDF) was handed in to Ambassador Steve Young demanding that the human right to a private life is upheld (Article 8 of the UN declaration). Accompanied by the world’s media, marchers then convened at HK Government HQ in Admiralty, demanding that Chief Executive CY Leung speak up, protect Snowden and ensure rule of law is upheld without interference from Beijing.

Despite the weather and warnings from the US consulate to avoid the area and Chater Garden, this was the biggest rally yet, worldwide, on the NSA/PRISM issue. The SCMP reported that, for some, it was their first ever march. A large proportion were expats and many bought their children along. More details, photos and videos will be up on the blog later this week. Collected below is some of the early (international) coverage (of the rally).

CNN covers Hong Kong rally - surprisingly fair

CNN - Hong Kong rallies in the rain for Edward Snowden

Amid the blowing of whistles and chants of "Protect Snowden!" and "NSA has no say!" the protest brought together representatives from 27 civil rights, labor rights, and left-wing democratic groups, as well as many ordinary members of the public as well as media. Under the drizzling sky, protesters determined to show their support held laminated placards and umbrellas painted with slogans.

Adi Koul and Jesus Meza, students from the University of Texas at Austin who are studying abroad in Hong Kong, said they found the protest "really refreshing."

"As Americans, it's kind of disheartening to know [the surveillance program] is going on behind our backs and we don't have a say in it," said Koul. "It's empowering to see people who aren't necessarily American fighting for something they feel is a universal human right."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/15/world/asia/hong-kong-snowden-p...

Whistling in solidarity for privacy.

Passwords that work and locks on bathroom doors.

Free includes debt-free!

Lunch time bump for freedom

Sharing on Twitter.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

"Lunchtime"

bump for freedom ... I like it!

Thanks LL.

Here is 'after lunch coffee bump'

Keep up the good work!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Thanks for the video

It's great to see this activism and support in HK. The are (also) seeing their freedoms being eroded away.

From one nations people to

From one nations people to another, i salute you

"It's time to stand up"

(In the Hong Kong rally) Ruth Jopling, whose two young daughters were clutching Snowden masks, said: "We think it does not just affect us, but the next generation. That's why we have come as a family. It's time to stand up: he came to Hong Kong, so he must trust us to do something, and it's not good if we let him down."

- from The Guardian.

Very touching report. Hong

Very touching report. Hong Kong isn't China, that's for sure. Also, once you talk to "real people", not politicians, most every individual wants similar things for themselves. This reaction thus far in Hong Kong is very good news for Snowden.