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Friday, December 23, 2005

Urgent Appeal to Free the Fourteen

Urgent appeal by the Hong Kong support group for Anti-WTO protest detainees
20th December 2005

Please sign the online petition (http://www.petitiononline.com/nowto/petition.html) or folks in Los Angeles can attend an action TOMMORROW in front of the Chinese Embassy.
Urgent appeal by the Hong Kong support group for Anti-WTO protest detainees

Dear friends,

We write to request your immediate solidarity action against the Hong Kong government’s mass arrest and violence against the anti-WTO demonstrators on the 17th and 18th of December 2005.

Currently, 14 male demonstrators including 11 Koreans, 1 Japanese, 1 Chinese, and 1 Taiwanese are still held in police custody and will be up for trial this Friday, the 23rd of December.

As members of various international and local Hong Kong civil society groups, we strongly condemn the mass arrests and crackdown against WTO demonstrators. We assert the legitimacy of protest, and continue to support and call for the unconditional release of those who are still detained. We call for better treatment of detainees, and demand an apology from the Hong Kong authorities for their actions.

Various solidarity actions, listed below, have been planned for Hong Kong. We call for international solidarity actions on and before the 23rd of December. Please find below background information and further suggested actions including a sample email. We urge you to contact the Hong Kong authorities today and call for the detainees to be released and the charges to be dropped!

Updates and more information can be found the website of the Hong Kong Peoples Alliance on the WTO: http://www.hkpa-wto.org/

For more information, please contact:

HKPA Documentation Team

Further Local Action:
1. Starting at 4:00pm on the 21st of December a member of the Korean Peasants League will bow 3000 times in front of Kwun Tong District Court, Kowloon.
2. Local activists will continue a hunger strike, started upon initial arrests on the 18th of December.
3. Symbolic visits to the three detention centers where detainees are being held will take place during the day of 22nd of December for Winter Festival. Tong Yuen desserts will be brought as a gesture of reunification.
4. A candlelight vigil will be held on the evening on the 22nd of December at SOGO pedestrian zone from 9:00pm to 11:00pm.
5. A solidarity demonstration outside of Kwun Tong District Court will be held on the 23rd of December starting at 11:00am.
Suggested International Action:
1. Please contact the Hong Kong authorities to demand that those in custody be released, and that the charges be dropped.
2. Please send Hong Kong People’s Alliance, at hkpa.documentation@gmail.com, your message of solidarity to be used during the local demonstration at Kwun Tong District Court on the 23rd of December.
3. Please arrange international protests on or before the 23rd of December at your local Chinese embassy

On December 17 the Hong Kong police arrested hundreds of activists who were trying to reach the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in a demonstration to protest against the policies of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). At around 5:00 pm, they were stopped by the police, who used pepper spray, water hoses and eventually, tear gas, to disperse them. Many demonstrators were injured and some were hospitalized.

Reports from the legal support group and those arrested reveal that many have been
mishandled or beaten by the police and were denied medical aid, food, water and bathroom facilities.

By now most arrested have been released, but the HK government sent 14 demonstrators to court on 19th of December charging them with unlawful assembly under the HK Public Order Ordinance. These people include 11 Koreans, 1 Taiwanese, 1 Japanese and 1 mainland Chinese (names listed below). The judge rejected bail out requests. They are now in police custody pending trial on the 23rd of December. The police might charge them with more serious offences.

Those persons still detained:

HWANG, DAE SUB Korean Catholic Farmers’ Association
YANG, KYOUNG KYU Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
KANG, SEUNG KYU Korean Peasants’ League
LEE, YOUNG HOON Korean Peasants’ League
PARK, IN HWAN Korean Peasants’ League
YOON, IL KWON Korean Peasants’ League
NAMGUNG SUK Korean Peasants’ League
LIM, DAE HYUK Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
KIM, CHANG JOON Korean Peasants’ League
HAN, DONG UNG Korean Peasants’ League
LEE, HYUNG JIN Korean Peasants’ League
LEE CHIEN CHING Taiwanese student
MAKAKIRI KOSUKE Japanese journalist, People Newspaper
1 mainland Chinese


Blogger Tyree Pride said...

There will also be a protest tomorrow in SF...

Please forward widely!!! Note - the location has changed!

International Action

Free the 14 people still Detained in Hong Kong!!!

What: Press Conference and RALLY!!!

When: Friday, December 23, 2005, 9:00am

Where: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
130 Montgomery St., San Francisco (off the Montgomery BART stop)

Why: Last week, over 1,300 people were detained and their human rights violated by the Hong Kong police. Over 900 were farmers from South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Philippines.

Currently, fourteen persons are still locked up illegally without any specific charges from the Hong Kong police.

During the WTO’s 6th Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, over 10,000 people from all over the world gathered to oppose international policies that would move families deeper into poverty. Specifically, the WTO’s negotiations over controlling agricultural and service markets have created strong protest from workers, farmers, and women.

Who: Organizers and participants include Bay Area activists who joined the protests in Hong Kong.

Please come out to join folks all over the world in calling for the release of those who are unjustly detained! There are actions and protests all over the U.S. as well as Hong Kong, South Korea, and Philippines!

9:33 AM


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