Keeping the pressure on

Activists and refugees stage a protest in Hong Kong on the US to pardon fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden.Protesters those that helped Snowden as “heroes” for helping him evade authorities in 2013.

He fled the US to Hong Kong, where he allowed the world an insight into the extent of US surveillance.

He evaded capture hiding in crowded tenements in the city with four refugees and the help of a human rights lawyer Robert Tibbo.

Refugees Ajith Puspa , Supun Thilina Kellapatha and wife Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis from Sri Lanka along with Vanessa Mae Rodel from the Philippines each hid Snowden until he was able to leave the country en route to Russia.

Protesters said the city’s refugees, many of them forced to live in slum-like conditions, and Snowden both suffered rights abuses.

More than 50 protesters chanted “Pardon Snowden” and “We are not criminals” as they marched to the U.S. consulate, with many holding placards in both English and Chinese.

 

Protest organisers said 11,000 refugees have applications for protection pending but have no official status and no right to work.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union have launched a campaign to pressure President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden.

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