Many Hong Kongers commemorated the nine months since the beginning of their protests against the Chinese communist regime by watching the screening of the documentary “Battle of Tyranny” by the Apple Daily.
The documentary was shown in more than 20 locations on March 12, recalling the violent attack by police on protesters near the legislature on June 12, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.
The protests prompted the island’s government to repeal an extradition bill that sought to have Hong Kong residents accused of a crime, extradited to the mainland for prosecution.
“It was a year to unite the valiant protesters and the ‘peaceful, rational, nonviolent’ protesters, and a year to shed tears for the future and for the fellow Hongkongers,” the film description said.
“‘Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times,’ the cry echoes in our minds. We will never forget the scenes of police brutality,” it added.
The Hong Kong police have been accused of sexual assaults and beatings and mistreatment including breaking the bones of those arrested.
Several people died in the middle of the demonstrations, and there have been reports of an increase in suicides, apparently as a result of the demonstrations.
The United Nations Human Rights Office stated that there was “credible evidence” that the Hong Kong police were “using less-lethal weapons in ways prohibited by international norms and standards.”
After the screenings, participants shared their impressions and exchanged views.
“It is a good time for everyone to voice their feelings,” said Yuen Long District Councillor Willis Fong of the pro-democracy group Action18, referring to the exchanges.
“It is important to be clear about what we are fighting for in order to pave the way for democracy,” was the contribution of one of the attendees.
Another participant made artwork with signs of support for the movement expressing its claims.
Similar signs with slogans such as “Hongkongers, Revenge”, “Hongkongers, Resist” and “Heaven will strike down the Communist Party” were written by the youth at Yuen Long’s iconic Lennon Wall in Hong Kong at the beginning of the demonstrations.
During the screening of the documentary, riot police were present, threatening with pepper spray, pushing journalists, and turning very strong flashlights into people’s faces.
They also dispersed the spectators at the end of the screening, asking them to show their identity cards and say their names out loud, while they were being filmed.
“The government has taken the wrong path, believing that the problem can be resolved with violence, but it never will be,” said an assistant named Yip at the Mong Kok screenings, according to Radio Free Asia.
There are still grounds for protest among Hong Kongers, including the absence of democracy.
“I have always supported [full democracy] because this government we have right now wasn’t elected by us,” claimed a viewer named Lee.