Over 250 people quickly responded to The Concordia Connect's invitation of a solidarity event in light of the recent police crackdown on students and protesters in Hong Kong. Many participants wore black as yellow ribbons were distributed along with a petition as part of the solidarity event. The organisers criticised the Hong Kong government for a lack of genuine political reform and condemned the Hong Kong police for using tear gas on peaceful demonstrators. The rally was held outside Sydney's Town Hall with organisers allowing persons with a connection or interest on the recent developments in Hong Kong to speak. Speakers ranged from an emotional mother concerned about student safety, left-wing Socialists, pro-British colonialists, students and Occupy Central representatives. Given the vast spectrum of opinions presented about the current Occupy Movement in Hong Kong, several members of the crowd booed as the Occupy Central representatives spoke accusing them of hijacking the student demonstration. On several occasions, the Hong Kong police was also subject to verbal cursing for their heavy handed response to the Hong Kong protesters. At the conclusion of the speeches, the crowd moved around the block to the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office next to the Queen Victoria Building where the petition was delivered to a staff member of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office. Organisers also distributed posted notes to the crowd allowing them to write messages of disgust at the Hong Kong government. The messages and posted notes were then attached to the outside wall of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office under the watch of a dozen Australian police officers and a security guard. Most of the messages called for peace, freedom and democracy to Hong Kong as well as calls for Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying to resign.
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