10,000’s of Hong Kong Demonstrators Form Human Chains across the City

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Demonstrators link hands at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong with the city's iconic skyline as a backdrop - Photo: AP

Tens of thousands of people held hands across Hong Kong late Friday in a dazzling, neon-framed recreation of a pro-democracy ‘Baltic Way’ protest against Soviet rule three decades ago.

The city’s skyscraper-studded harbour-front as well as several busy shopping districts were lined with peaceful protesters, many wearing surgical masks to hide their identity and holding Hong Kong flags or mobile phones with lights shining.

More than 39,000 protesters applied to hold hands to demand democratic reforms for the city – Photo: Reuters

The human chain is the latest creative demonstration in nearly three months of rolling protests which have tipped Hong Kong into an unprecedented political crisis.

Protesters line a spiral staircase beside a main road and shine the flash lights on their mobile phones, one of the main symbols of the protest – Photo: Reuters

‘We have tried traditional marches, we have tried more militant acts – although I don’t agree with them – this time we are coming out together to join hands and show that we are all still united,’ Wing, who gave only her first name, told AFP.

The protests started against a bill that would have allowed extradition to China, but have transformed into a wider rejection of Beijing’s increasingly tight grip on the semi-autonomous city and a defense of its unique freedoms.

‘By doing this, we are showing people around the world the high quality of Hong Kongers. What people did 30 years ago, we can also do,’ said Cat Law, a logistic worker in her 60s.

The Hong Kong demonstration is a recreation of a pro-democracy ‘Baltic Way’ protest against Soviet rule three decades ago – Photo: Kusurija / Wikimedia Commons

The Baltic Way was one of the largest ever anti-Soviet demonstrations, when more than one million people linked hands to form a human chain spanning over 600 kilometres on August 23, 1989. Three decades on, the moving show of solidarity continues to inspire activists across the world.

Source: Mail Online

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