People in Hong Kong are protesting against the Chinese government. Laurel Chor, Photographer, and Journalist took to Twitter to share a few photographs and videos of the latest protests. In the photos, one man can be seen wearing an Indian flag. He caught everyone’s attention, as he was sporting an Indian flag. When he was asked why he was wearing an Indian flag, he said, “Because India is fighting China. So India is my friend!” Laurel mentioned in the tweet that the man was shouting “STAND WITH INDIA!” and the crowd was applauding him.
On China’s national day, thousands of protesters in Hong Kong came out on the roads to raise their voice against the Chinese government. They raised slogans like “Disband the police” and “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times”.
Ray Chan, a Parliamentarian of Hong Kong shared some pictures from the protest and wrote, “HongKong and India shared a long history. Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers of South Asian heritage were born here. This gentleman feels a tribute to the Indian nation is long overdue, so he honors the tricolour on China’s national day. #October1stProtest #HongKongProtests.”
The police came forward to disperse the crowd. Thousands of policemen were deployed to thwart protests. According to reports, the police cordoned off dozens of people, lined them up against the wall, handcuffed them and marched them away.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong police arrested as many as 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds thronged the streets and raised slogans against China.
Hong Kong has been holding protests and raising voice against the Chinese government for over a year now after China passed Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill to allow Hong Kong to detain and transfer people wanted in territories and countries that do not have formal agreements for extradition. The bill also includes Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
The police said that slogans demanding to liberate Hong Kong was tantamount to inciting people to “commit secession”, and a possible breach of the national security law.
Last year, the Hong Kong police for the first time fired shot at a young protester. Police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd during the National Day protests.