Members of Hong Kong pro-democracy party Demosisto knelt at Mei Foo MTR station this morning with banners to call on city citizens to join the movement against the widely opposed extradition bill.
While some passers-by clapped their hands in support, MTR staff milled around nearby, and the police took down the protesters’ personal details.
In a phone call with Young Post, Demosisto vice-chairman Issac Cheng Ka-long, 20, explained they are demanding the government withdraw the bill and are appealing for support in a strike.
“The march on June 9 and protests on the 12th have fallen on deaf ears. The government has taken a hardline stance and is rushing the bill though Legco,” he said, pointing out their protest is a reaction to government actions. He added their protest is also against police violence and they will not rule out further actions.
Other demonstrators have answered the call online for a citywide MTR non-cooperation campaign, with disturbances including the obstruction of carriage doors and pressing emergency buttons happening sporadically since Thursday, with 20 trains affected on that day.
Cheng reaffirmed that Demosisto supports non-violent protests and believes this movement has gone beyond any one group and is now in the hands of all citizens.
“We are happy to see citizens take actions on their own initative in expressing their dissatisfaction with the government,” he said.
Some commuters have expressed support for a second march planned on Sunday from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Admiralty.