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HKFP Lens: ‘Justice not camps’ – Protesters demand media and gov’t stop ‘smearing’ refugees

Around 250 people protested on Saturday against a proposal to place refugees in holding camps.

hong kong refugees asylum protest

Photo: Danny Sierra.

The march, organised by Socialist Action and Refugee Union, began at Wanchai’s Southorn Playground and ended at government headquarters in Admiralty.

hong kong refugees asylum protest

Photo: Danny Sierra.

Some demonstrators burnt copies of Oriental Daily, calling it “racist” in its recent coverage of refugees.

“These politicians present a completely false idea of ‘fake refugees’, ignoring the dangerous world we live in, with religious, ethnic and political persecution that forces people to flee their homes,” a statement from the organisers read.

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Copies of Oriental Daily are burnt.

“In reality, Hong Kong has taken in very few refugees – around 11,000. Hong Kong grants asylum to even fewer, the lowest number in the world.”

Organisers said that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had used an “anti-refugee card” in a bid to extend his tenure in office, deliberately focussing upon the issue to “to distract from the real issues of collapsing public services, unaffordable housing and lack of a universal pension system.”

hong kong refugees asylum protest

Photo: Danny Sierra.

Demonstrators held placards reading “Justice Not Camps”, “Human Rights Not Racism” and “Seeking Asylum Not a Crime”.

hong kong refugees asylum protest

Photo: Danny Sierra.

The Pro-Beijing DAB party has launched a “one person one letter” campaign to tackle the alleged problem of “fake” refugees. It has proposed housing asylum seekers and refugees in camps.

hong kong refugees asylum protest

Photo: Danny Sierra.

In March, former secretary of security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee told reporters that “the problem is a lot of illegal immigrants or people who have entered [Hong Kong] immediately make baseless claims… Administratively, the most effective method is to put them in a closed camp”.

hong kong refugees asylum protest

Photo: Danny Sierra.

Basic Law Article 39 states that Hong Kong is bound by conventions on labour, civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.

HKFP Lens: 'Justice not camps' - Protesters demand media and gov't stop 'smearing' refugees