Refugees attend special screening of #Snowdenmovie
Hong Kong SAR China, 30th September 2016
The Snowden movie finally arrives in Hong Kong with a special screening taking place before the general release. Celebrities attended the event but of most interest were a group of refugees including Ajith and Vanessa. Snowden taking on refugee status in Hong Kong meant he became one of them and ultimately he accepted the hospitality of 3 families to hide out in the city.
Vanessa read the following statement-
My name is Vanessa.
I am an asylum seeker from the Philippines.
I provided a place for Edward Snowden to live while was in Hong Kong in June 2013.
I can say that I am very proud of Me Snowden and what he did to inform the world about US government spying on regular people.
I want to tell you that since the story came out in the news about how I and AJITH and Supun and Nadeeka helped Mr Snowden that the Hong Kong Government has cut off any rental and electricity assistance to me for the new place I am moving to.
About 2 weeks ago the ISSHK which is a government agency questioned me about how I helped Mr Snowden
I told my ISSHK case officer that I would not answer her questions and to speak with my lawyer MR TIBBO
Then ISSHK told me they would not pay my electricity bill and would not pay my future rent deposit and agency fee.
I can also say that the Hong Kong government does not pay for Ajith’s and Supun and Nadeeka’s rent and electricity in full.
I have no regrets helping Mr Snowden but do not think I should be questioned about Mr Snowden and I should not be punished for not answering ISSHK questions.
Mr Jonathan Man and Mr Tibno are my lawyers.
Mr Man will answer any questions you have.