The semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong has been rocked by protests recently after a controversial extradition bill, that allows ‘suspects’ to be taken back to mainland China for questioning, has reopened old wounds and grievances.
The former British colony, which was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997, has endured an uneasy relationship with the mainland while attempting to keep its special status in a “one country, two systems,” agreement.
Attempts by the Chinese Communist Party to further impose its will on the city have resulted in pro-democracy protests and civil disobedience, with activists most recently finding their voice in the 2014 ‘Umbrella Movement’ which occupied large parts of Hong Kong for 79 days.
Now Hong Kongers are out on the streets again, heading out in even larger numbers this time. It is estimated that around 2 million people, 25% of the population, have taken part in the protests so far, and they have forced both the local government and Beijing to rethink their stance.
These are no wild, violent insurrections though. Hong Kongers do their protests differently! Showing discipline, unity and respect for their city, this is an expression of peaceful people power at its finest. Something that we could all learn from when dealing with oppressive policies from those in power.
Scroll down to check out how Hong Kongers are successfully and respectfully standing up for their civil rights, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Hong Kong Protestors Giving Way To Ambulance Like Crossing The Red Sea
Level Of Tidiness In Hong Kong After A Protest Of 1.3 Million People!
Hong Kong Protesters Helping Journalist After Tear Gas Deployment
Hong Kong Students Studying For Their Finals While Protesting
Hong Kong Protestors Cleaning Up The Field After The Protest
Protesters Shield Themselves With Umbrellas Against Pepper Spray Used By The Police Outside The Government Headquarters In Hong Kong
We’re Hong Kong People, We’re Crazy People. There’re 2 Millions People Protesting But Still Very Disciplined
Impressive How Thoughtful And Organised These Protestors Are. Bottles Of Water Are Left Along Pavements And Other Strategic Areas So People Can Douse Themselves, And Put Out Teargas Grenades When Police Move In
Notes Of Remembrance Cover A Sidewalk Outside Pacific Place, A Luxury Mall From Which A Protester Fell To His Death Yesterday Night
Volunteers In Ponchos Marked With A Blue Cross, Wearing Surgical Masks And Goggles, Form A Human Wall To Protect The First Aid Area Right Outside Admiralty Station, Across The Street From The Hong Kong Central Government Offices
Hong Kong Press Wears Helmets, Eye Masks And Reflective Vests To Express Discontent Towards Local Police’s Actions
These Hong Kong Protesters Run Around Putting Out Fires Instead Of Starting Them
A Small Crowd Is Back Outside The Hong Kong Government Offices…to Clean Up The Rubbish. To Sort Out Recyclables And Unused Materials, And Clean Up The Rubbish. Incredible
1.03 Million Peaceful Protestors Marching Through The Streets Of Hong Kong
At Times Square, Causeway Bay A Guide On How To Fold Origami Lilies For Those Who’d Like To Pay Tribute To The Protester Who Fell To His Death Saturday Night