Since early June, pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have been staging a series of protests. It started with the call to stop the controversial extradition bill from being passed to inquiry into police brutality and the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill.
Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people, including senior citizens, had stepped forward to participate in the series of ongoing mass protests, with some of these activities culminating in chaos, amid fierce clashes with riot police.
Despite the inconvenience, police brutality, train and flight disruptions, and commuters and protesters enduring attacks from suspected triad gangsters, the Hong Kong people are not letting up.
Many, like 16-year-old student Jackson Lam, who is not participating in the protests, said he supports the cause. “You can see nowadays many of our ideas [are] not responded by the government,” said Lam.
Lam said he does not mind the travel delay when protesters blocked the morning trains, calling for a citywide strike on Monday. “I don’t think [what] they’re doing this is wrong,” said Lam.
The young student stated that he is supporting the pro-democracy activities. “I don’t think that they are wasting their time, and even mine,” said Lam, who continued, “I think that they’re spending their time doing the right things!”
“I think my work and meeting could wait but our freedom, safety, and human rights are taken away. And that can’t wait. So, I’m OK with it,” said one train commuter in a video embedded in a tweet.
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One of the activists, Roger Yiu, who participated in the protest inside a train station, reaffirmed the pro-democracy movement’s demands.
“We want universal suffrage. We want withdrawal, complete withdrawal and a legal withdrawal of the extradition bill, said Yiu.
The proposed legislation that triggered mass protests will allow the Chinese communist regime to extradite people—locals and foreigners—in Hong Kong to mainland China to face trials.
The 22-year-old event manager said that they want everyone to know that there are no criminals. “Whoever participates in the movement, they are not criminals,” said Yiu, who added, “They are people who are harmed by the tyranny of the Hong Kong government and also the People’s Republic of China.”
The Aug. 5, Monday morning train strike gripped the Hong Kong airport. It led to 100 flight cancellations, after the airport express train service was suspended.
The train disruption follows a weekend of clashes between protesters and police.
Protesters, holding on to their adamantine will, are demanding for the dissolution of the legislature and an independent investigation into police use of force during demonstrations. They are also calling for full democracy for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.