The rally at Edinburgh Place. Photo: RTHK

People in Hong Kong are still angry over attempts to pass a controversial extradition bill and have urged world leaders at the G20 Summit in Japan to support their cause.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has not been seen.

On Wednesday, a rally was held at Edinburgh Place in Central district to urge world leaders to show support for Hong Kong at the upcoming G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, Sing Pao reported.

While the Civil Human Rights Front did not reveal any numbers, local police estimated 10,000 people attended at the peak of the rally. Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front pointed out that Lam’s absence would not calm people and he called on her to publicly retract the extradition bill.

Lam has not made a public appearance since she spoke at a press conference on June 18 and has not responded to appeals made by protesters. The “G20 Free Hong Kong Rally” was held by the Civil Human Rights Front to “deal a heavy blow to Carrie Lam” on the international stage.

At the rally, the organizers first made their declaration in English, followed by the different languages of the G20 countries including Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, French, German, Korean and Italian. Jimmy Sham concluded the declarations in Cantonese. Officially, the rally lasted from 8pm to 10pm.

The declaration pointed out that Hong Kong had strayed further from democracy despite the people’s wishes. The promise of “one country, two systems” had been broken in only 22 years.

The Hong Kong Liaison Office was also criticized for blatantly intervening in Hong Kong’s local legislation, trampling the promises of “one country, two systems.” They hope to appeal to G20 leaders and get their acknowledgement of the universal values of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law.

Participants at the rally said other countries can put pressure on China in terms of the extradition bill and can also pressure Lam into facing the people of Hong Kong.

More than 1,000 people voluntarily formed three groups to visit 19 consulates in Hong Kong to submit their petitions in a “silent protest” in order to seek international attention.

After the rally, a number of protesters surrounded the Hong Kong Police headquarters from 10pm to 2:30am. They demanded police take responsibility for the brutality displayed at the June 12 protests.

Rain started to fall about 2:30am while about 100 stayed outside police headquarters and officers took action at 3am and dispersed the protesters. The police arrested one individual for assaulting a police officer and noted down the identification of 60 protestors.

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