Anti-government protesters in their thousands began marching in Hong Kong on New Year’s Day, asking concessions from the city’s embattled government as the civil unrest that convulsed the Chinese-ruled city for over half a year continues in 2020.
Citizens young and old, gathering on a grass lawn in Victoria Park under grey skies, with many dressed in black and some masked, carried signs such as “Freedom is not free” before setting off.
“It’s hard to say ‘Happy New Year’ because Hong Kong people are not happy,” a man walking with his 2-year-old son, mother and niece called Tung said.
Tung also said: “Except the 5 demands are achieved, and police are held responsible for their brutality, then there wont be a real happy new year,”
The pro-democracy march is being organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, a group that did a number of marches last year that attracted millions.
From there, some newly elected pro-democracy district politicians mingled with the crowds on their first day in office, some helping with the collection of donations to help the movement.
“Prior to the New Year the government had started the oppression..anyone being oppressed, we will stand with them,” Jimmy Sham, one of the leaders of the Civil Human Rights Front said.
In 2020, many Hong Kong revellers had earlier welcomed on neon-lit promenades along the iconic skyline of Victoria Harbour, singing the movement’s signature 8-word Chinese protest couplet “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our Time” for the last eight seconds before midnight.
Thousands of protesters then flock down Nathan Road, a major boulevard, blocking all lanes in a march breaking out within minutes of the new decade. Few holding signs showing “Let’s keep fighting together in 2020”.
Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons over the night during some brief .
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China’s President Xi Jinping said in a New Year’s speech that Beijing will “resolutely safeguard the prosperity and stability” of Hong Kong under the so-called “one country, two systems” framework. https://tatahfonewsarena.com/montenegro-celebrates-orthodox-christmas-in-tense-climate/
In Hong Kong, many people are angry by Beijing’s tight grip on the city which was promised a high degree of autonomy under this framework when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Beijing denied interference and blames the West for causing the unrest.
A survey polled conducted for Reuters by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute reveals the protest movement is supported by 59% of the city’s residents.