On August 23, in Hong Kong, where demonstrations over the fugitive son’s ordinance continued, a large number of citizens held hands to create a “human chain.” According to the organizers, more than 1,000,000 people participated.
Clashes with the police and impressions of the Chinese side have attracted attention from all over the world, but it was a peaceful show of solidarity and will of Hong Kong people. The “human chain” is a sign of a big intention by the person who participated in the demonstration joining hands and connecting like a chain.
Thirty years ago, on August 23, 1989, citizens of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), which were under the control of the former Soviet Union, created a “human chain” for independence.
Two million people joined hands in the three countries, creating a chain called the Baltic Road. This time, in the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Road, hong kong protesters were called on social media to peacefully appeal the five demands of protesters.
Hong Kong started the “Human Chain” at the Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island, and New World at 1 p.m. Each person lit a light on his cell phone and created a “road of light” that spanned about 60 kilometers. People with mobile phones with lights gathered in the square, and a beautiful sight like a sea of light spread along with the night view of Hong Kong.
The leaders of each of the demonstrators took to Twitter to say, “The Baltic Road showed solidarity and the power of the non-violent movement. We hope that the Way of Hong Kong will make the world aware of our demands for freedom and democracy. Hong Kongers face what the Baltic Sea faced from the Soviet Union 30 years ago.
We have to win this fight.” He also cited the lyrics of “The Song of the People,” which is impressively sung in the June riots of the musical Les Misérables, in which students in Paris clashed with government troops.