On Friday’s Backchat, the Hong Kong 12.
Hundreds of people marched in Taipei at the weekend to demand the release of 12 Hong Kong anti-government protesters who were arrested by mainland authorities in August.
The 12 were apparently fleeing by boat to Taiwan when the mainland coast guard detained them. They are now in Shenzhen.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, people demonstrated in at least a dozen cities across the world – from New York to Vancouver to Adelaide in Australia – in support of those who were arrested, in a campaign called #save12hkyouths.
A local online rally was also held.
Are the 12 simply criminals fleeing justice? What do you think of the way they are being treated? What do you make of the international attention? Should the HK Government offer assistance?
8:30-9:00: Professor Ho Lok-sang, senior research fellow in the Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute at Lingnan University
8:30-9:00: Grenville Cross, former Director of Public Prosecutions
8:30-9:00: Benedict Rogers, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Watch
9:00-9:30 Sharon K Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law
9:00-9:30 Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare