Despite Beijing’s best efforts, images from the Hong Kong protests are spreading around the world. Emily Parker investigates the “powerful psychological effect” of the demonstration’s social-media reach.
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests swelled for a sixth day as student leaders renewed an ultimatum for Leung Chun-ying to resign after jeering the city’s top official at a ceremony to mark China’s National Day.
Demonstrators poured back into the three main protest areas at 6 p.m. local time after crowds thinned this morning. With Hong Kong celebrating two days of holidays, numbers may grow beyond last nights tallies, when organizers estimated at least 100,000 people in the main protest areas and tens of thousands more at the secondary sites.
GERMANY, Munich : Participants of a protest action against the free trade agreements between Europe and USA (TTIP) protests with a dummy of a symbolic chlorin chicken at a street near the Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany, on October 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOF STACHE
“Twenty-five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Beijing violently cracked down on a peaceful student protest for democracy, the images of umbrellas … have come to represent a movement.”
For an unknown reason, my gut feelings told me not to post about the July 1st Hong Kong protest when I returned to NYC in early July. Perhaps I was subconsciously waiting for a more meaningful time to post these images. With the current protest happening in Hong Kong, I felt that it was an appropriate time to share them.
I am lucky to say that I have visited Hong Kong twice in the past year. Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart for many reasons: It is a place where I experienced how genuinely kind others can be, a place that taught me to never give up on following a dream, a place where I shared laughs until I had tears running down my cheeks, a place that holds the childhood and family of someone very special to me, and it is a place with a unique rhythm, so powerful, that it resonates in my heart.
With this in mind, I would like to say: Stay strong Hong Kong and most importantly, stay safe.
Thank you to those who have made Hong Kong mean what it means to me today: hL, Wincent, Passion Passport, Mr. Cheung, Noor, Daniel, Jethro & Barbra and Check Inn HK.