Publicado: Mar, Diciembre 03, 2019
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Advertising workers strike to support Hong Kong protests

Advertising workers strike to support Hong Kong protests

Thousands took to Hong Kong's streets yesterday in a new wave of pro-democracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement.

The protests have drawn in a wide swathe of Hong Kong society - from students to pensioners and office workers.

Sunday also saw hundreds of residents in Hong Kong participating in patriotic gathering at Clock Tower where they sang the Chinese national anthem and other patriotic songs to show their firm opposition against violence. "I came today because I want the government to know that we are not happy with what they have done to our generation", said Ponn, who attended with her daughter and son-in-law.

The rally at a park downtown was among several peaceful gatherings by protesters this week to keep up pressure on the government amid a lull in violence following a local election victory by the pro-democracy bloc and the gaining of US support for their cause.

Protesters in Hong Kong are pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability, but the city's pro-Beijing leadership has refused any major political concessions.

The protest in the busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui followed a march by hundreds of people to the U.S. consulate to show "gratitude" for USA support for the demonstrations.

The remaining demands include granting Hongkongers universal suffrage, the release of all imprisoned protesters, the de-classification of a June protest as a "riot", and the formation of an independent commission of inquiry into police behaviour.

More tear gas was sacked at night after dozens of hardcore protesters set up roadblocks and vandalised some shops and restaurants linked to China.

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'Five Demands' People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" during a protest in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on November 30, 2019.

Tensions started on Saturday night after police used pepper balls to disperse protesters who had set up road barriers in a hotspot area and a man was reportedly hit in the head by an unidentified assailant after he tried to clear the street. "We are really grateful about that and we really appreciate the effort made by Americans who support Hong Kong, who stand with Hong Kong, who do not choose to side with Beijing".

The two earlier marches yesterday appealed to US President Donald Trump for help and demanded that police stop using tear gas. One showed the president standing atop a tank with "Trump" emblazoned on the front and side.

As Breitbart News reported, some draped themselves in US flags and expressed gratitude for the Trump administration's support.

A group dressed in black and wearing masks carried American flags as it headed to the U.S. Consulate to express gratitude for legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong that Trump signed into law last week.

Pro-democracy protesters take part in a March of Gratitude rally to say thank you to the United States for their support on December 01, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

In the article published earlier yesterday, Bachelet urged authorities in Hong Kong to conduct "a proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the police".

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