Protesters outside Perth’s Chinese consulate are calling for an end to police violence in a show of support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.
About 250 people, mainly Hong Kong students, gathered in front of the large steel gates at the East Perth consulate and demanded real democracy in the former British territory.
The protest came as tens of thousands of demonstrators blocked streets in Hong Kong’s central business district calling for free elections.
Hong Kong police last night fired tear gas, charged the protesters with batons and used pepper spray as they tried to break up the Occupy Central movement.
Government schools, banks and other businesses have closed as the protests entered their second week.
In Perth, protesters dressed in black held up placards denouncing “Hong Kong police violence abuse” and calling on people to “Support Hong Kong’s fight for democracy”.
They chanted for an end to the violence and declared their love for Hong Kong.
Protester Chun Ming Wong said the Hong Kong police beat unarmed people.
“We want do something that can support Hong Kong and want to say no to the Chinese government and let more people know what is happening in Hong Kong,” Mr Wong said.
“Because last night was really an unusual thing. It’s not what used to happen in Hong Kong. Hong Kong used to be a very civilised place.
“[Police] used too much violence, that’s crazy. People without arms, without any protection and they just stand in front of the police and raise their hands and say they are peaceful. And they use very strong pepper spray.
“Hong Kong people were shocked. We never imagined that happening in Hong Kong. Unbelievable.”
Three Australian Federal Police officers arrived and asked the protesters to move to the other side of the road.
The protesters complied and the demonstration remained peaceful.
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