EXCLUSIVE – Full list of Telegram Chat groups used by organisers and protesters to co-ordinate rallies from today till Sunday

1720

9th August 2019 – (Hong Kong) On June 13th, Telegram founder Pavel Durov claimed in a Twitter post that a massive cyber-attack on his messaging service originated from Chinese internet protocol addresses. The messaging app experienced a powerful DDoS attack flooding its servers and many wondered if the Chinese government was trying to disrupt the protests in Hong Kong.


Social media plays a significant role facilitating communication and interaction among participants of political protests. Protesters often use social media to organise demonstrations (both pro- and anti-governmental), disseminate information about their activities, and raise local and global awareness of ongoing events. In a highly developed city like Hong Kong where almost everyone is addicted to social media, protests are easily organised within a short span of time.

Research from the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam found that online revolutionary conversations often preceded mass protests on the ground, and that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong, one and a half month later in August, protests have evolved into highly organised flash mob attacks including non-cooperation movement, road blockages and siege of multiple police stations.

The local community has often relied on multiple Facebook groups and pages in various districts to share information and happenings. During the last two months, these pages and groups have been transformed into active forum for members to post breaking news, protest updates, anti-extradition messages, protest pictures and videos. In addition, organisers are still actively dependent on the TELEGRAM app to co-ordinate protests. They often share information and live updates using these encrypted chat groups.

Since Telegram is not end-to-end encryption as default, several tech experts have suggested Hongkongers to use signalapp instead as alternative messenger to deal with sensitive communication.

The following is the full list of Telegram chat groups used to organise protests from today till Sunday:

3-day sit-in protest at Arrival Hall, Airport Terminal 1

Date : 9th August to 11 August 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Time : from 1pm on 9th August

Location : Arrival Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/hk730air

3-day sit-in protest at Arrival Hall, Airport Terminal 1 Telegram grtoup

‘Hungry Ghost festival’  gathering at night

Date : 9th August 2019 (Friday)

Time : 8pm – 11pm

Locations:

Open space opposite Sha Tin Fun City, 7 Lek Yuen Street, Sha Tin.

Wong Tai Sin MTR Exit D2 near bus terminus at the junction of Ching Tak Street and Shatin Pass Road.

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/chinese714

‘Hungry Ghost festival’  gathering Telegram group

‘Safeguard the future generation’ family gathering and march

Date : 10th August 2019 (Saturday)

Time : 10.30am – 12pm

Route : Edinburgh Place to Central Government Offices.

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/childfuturehk

‘Safeguard the future generation’ family gathering and march Telegram group

Tai Po march

Date : 10th August 2019 ( Saturday)

Time : 2pm (gathering) 3pm to start march

Route : Tai Po Tau Bus Terminus to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Tai Po Kwong Fuk Road Off-course Betting Branch

Organiser is currently appealing after police rejected the march.

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/TP810

Tai Po march Telegram group

Restore Wong Tai Sin march

Date : 10th August 2019 ( Saturday)

Time : 2.30pm (gathering) 3pm to start march

Route : Morse Park to Wong Tai Sin Square (Subject to change)

Organiser is currently appealing after police rejected the march.

Restore Wong Tai Sin march Telegram group

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/taisindonteatteargas

Hong Kong Island East March

Date : 11th August 2019 (Sunday)

Time : 1.00pm (gathering) 1.30pm to start march

Route : Victoria Park to Java Road Playground (Subject to change)

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/hkeast811

Hong Kong Island East March Telegram group

Sham Shui Po march

Date : 11th August 2019 (Sunday)

Time : 2.30pm (gathering) 3pm to start march

Route : Maple Street Playground to Sham Shui Po Sports Ground

TELEGRAM GROUP : https://t.me/ssp811

Sham Shui Po march Telegram group