Hong Kong extradition law: Protesters hope to get the fugitive bill in front of G20 leaders

A group set up a crowdfunding campaign to buy adverts on newspapers including the New York Times ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with US President Donald Trump

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President Xi (right, with US president Trump) has said it will not discuss Hong Kong's protests at the G20.

With more demonstration action planned tomorrow, protesters are hoping to get the anti-extradition bill cause in front of the G20 meeting of nations in Osaka. Beijing has already said it will not allow any discussion on the protests in Hong Kong as it regards them as an internal matter.

Determined to make an impact, Freedom Hongkonger opened a crowdfunding campaign to buy advertisements on international media during the summit. In only a few hours, the fund had reached double its target of HK$3 million. 

With still a day to go, the campaign was stopped when it reached HK$5.5 million. The group, which was apparently started in online chat forums, wants to put front page adverts drawing attention to the protests in the New York Times, the Financial Times and The Guardian, according to RTHK.

Protesters have been planning, over messaging app Telegram, to meet at 9am tomorrow at Chater Garden in Central for action they call “Trailwalker” after the famous Oxfam fundraising marathon on the Maclehose Trail. They plan to head to the US embassy where they will ask the US to raise the matter with China. From there they will split into two groups to cover as many of the remaining G20 embassies as possible. 

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The Civil Human Rights Front will then hold a rally at 8pm at Edinburgh Place in Central. The “G20 Free Hong Kong” assembly will take place a day before US leader Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20. The Front is hoping to use the protest to urge the international community to pressure Xi and Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to respond to citizens’ demands to withdraw the extradition bill.

They will invite different professionals to announce a declaration in multiple languages, and talk about the relationship between Hong Kong and the international community. The Front also urged the participants to turn on their phone’s flashlight at 9pm to show the world the glory of humanity.

The G20 is a group of 19 countries and the European Union that tries to promote financial stability around the world. Those nations are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Britain and the US.