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Germany: Protest leader urges Berlin to stop selling arms to Hong Kong govt

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September 11, 2019 at 12:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Hong Kong is the 'front line battlefield' against authoritarianism – protest leader

Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong called Hong Kong the "front line battlefield" against authoritarianism, calling for Germany to stop selling weapons to the city's police during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday, as activists gathered outside the Chinese embassy in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters.

"The protests in Hong Kong are not likely to stop because we are still fighting for our fundamental rights and democracy," Wong said, reacting to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announcing the withdrawal of the extradition bill which sparked massive demonstrations, calling it "mere tactics" ahead of China's national day in October.

"Germany should immediately suspend the sale and export of riot weapons to Hong Kong police," he added. "Hong Kong is the front line battlefield to confront authoritarian suppression."

While the press conference was taking place, the activist group Young Liberals gathered outside the Chinese embassy in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrators.

"I'm in Berlin because we share the same history, what is happening now in Hong Kong has happened more than once in Germany, in Berlin," said Hong Kong activist Wong Yik Mo.

Hundreds of thousands have taken part in protests against the extradition bill since the end of March and despite the bill being withdrawn, protesters continue to hit the streets calling for Carrie Lam to resign along with other demands.

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Germany: Hong Kong is the 'front line battlefield' against authoritarianism – protest leader

Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong called Hong Kong the "front line battlefield" against authoritarianism, calling for Germany to stop selling weapons to the city's police during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday, as activists gathered outside the Chinese embassy in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters.

"The protests in Hong Kong are not likely to stop because we are still fighting for our fundamental rights and democracy," Wong said, reacting to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announcing the withdrawal of the extradition bill which sparked massive demonstrations, calling it "mere tactics" ahead of China's national day in October.

"Germany should immediately suspend the sale and export of riot weapons to Hong Kong police," he added. "Hong Kong is the front line battlefield to confront authoritarian suppression."

While the press conference was taking place, the activist group Young Liberals gathered outside the Chinese embassy in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrators.

"I'm in Berlin because we share the same history, what is happening now in Hong Kong has happened more than once in Germany, in Berlin," said Hong Kong activist Wong Yik Mo.

Hundreds of thousands have taken part in protests against the extradition bill since the end of March and despite the bill being withdrawn, protesters continue to hit the streets calling for Carrie Lam to resign along with other demands.

M/S Activist Joshua Wong arriving at press conference in Berlin, Germany

W/S Press conference

W/S Press conference

SOT, Joshua Wong, Activist: "Last week, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam had announced the full withdrawal of the extradition bill. We believe it is kind of mere tactics, aimed to buy time and paint an illusion of peace before China's national day in October."

C/U Wong name sign *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Joshua Wong, Activist: "The protests in Hong Kong are not likely to stop because we are still fighting for our fundamental rights and democracy. Free elections is the basic civil right and freedom written in our constitution and the Sino-British Joint Declaration. But those promises are not fulfilled by Beijing; they just conduct hard line suppression."

C/U Camera *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Joshua Wong, Activist: "Apart from issuing a statement to condemn the authorities Germany should immediately suspend the sale and export of riot weapons to Hong Kong police. Germany should also suspend trade negotiations with China and Hong Kong until the human rights issue is put on the agenda."

C/U Journalist taking notes *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Joshua Wong, Activist: "Hong Kong is the front line battlefield to confront authoritarian suppression, especially under the political context of straight war on an international or global level."

M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Joshua Wong, Activist: "We are not seeking any world leaders or any country to interfere in Hong Kong's protests, but it's a must for the free world to support Hong Kong's democratisation."

W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Joshua Wong, activist: "The goal and the demands of the protests last Sunday is not, formally speaking, to liberate Hong Kong, it's urging the US to pass and execute the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act."

M/S Press conference

M/S Wong exiting press conference

M/S Journalists interviewing Wong

W/S Honk Kong solidarity protest at Chinese embassy

M/S Man with bandaged eye at protest

C/U Banner reading "Democrats are stronger than weapons"

SOT, Wong Yik Mo, Activist: "Today I'm in Berlin because we share the same history, what is happening now in Hong Kong has happened more than once in Germany, in Berlin."

W/S Protesters holding banners

C/U Banner reading "Free Hong Kong"

SOT, Wong Yik Mo, Activist: "The police in Hong Kong they have enormous power, limitless power, they can hunt down any kids, any protesters and in fact that is what they are doing. They even try to create a white terror in Hong Kong, they have set up 10 hotlines so that people can denounce each other and such white terror has happened in Communist China, in Communist Berlin or even before that in the German history an we all know that such a white terror will only bring disaster to the city."

C/U Banner reading "human rights, freedom and democracy" *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Wong Yik Mo, Activist: "Therefore today I'm in Berlin to seek solidarity, to seek help from people who have understanding of what is going on in Hong Kong, and we hope together we fight for democracy, for freedom and to make the world a free world."

C/U Chinese flag

C/U Activist Wong Yik Mo singing

W/S Protesters singing in front of Chinese embassy

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