Following on from Monday's protest in Sydney Town Hall and outside the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, The Concordia and pro-democracy activists staged small demonstration outside the Chinese Consulate in Camperdown, Sydney today. There were no incidents as half a dozen police officers kept a watchful eye over the twenty or so protesters outside the consulate. The protesters held up cardboard placards denouncing the Chinese government, calling for the resignation of Leung Chun-ying, genuine democracy in Hong Kong and in support of the students. A number of the protesters wore t-shirts with imagery from the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre and anti-communist symbols. Also present were a handful of international students from Hong Kong wearing black outfits with a yellow ribbon in support of their friends back home. Several students held signs saying 'One Country, Two Systems' highlighting the promise that the Chinese government made with Hong Kong when Britain returned it to China in 1997. Some of the organisers of the protest at the Chinese Consulate encouraged the community to write to Tony Abbott and members of parliament to urge them to pressure the Hong Kong and Chinese government into genuine democratic reforms as well as criticising the Hong Kong authorities response to the protests. One speaker called on the Australian government to ban Chinese president Xi Jin Ping from November's G20 Summit in Brisbane as a result of the Chinese and Hong Kong government's lack of democracy as well as violence against the protesters. No staff member or representative of the Chinese consulate responded to the protesters as October 1 is the China National Day meaning the the consulate was closed.
The Concordia has also setup a petition and signature collection table outside Sydney's Town Hall. Support has come from many parts of the community including non-Hong Kong or Chinese people in the city. Petition staff said that the petition and signatures would be personally delivered to a government official in Hong Kong on Friday. One of the student leaders and petition organiser spoke that their objectives were to support the Hong Kong students in their campaign for genuine democracy. The Concordia has no direct connections with any Hong Kong student political movement however members have relations with other Hong Kong student activists. When asked about the connection between the student pro-democracy action and Benny Tai's Occupy Central movements, Sharon from The Condordia indicated that both protests are running in parallel with no official connection between the two groups despite holding similar protest objectives. The petition and signature table is expected to remain at Town Hall Square in Sydney until 7pm on October 2.
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Video of speeches given outside Chinese consulate in Sydney (mostly in Chinese):