Hong Kong marks sec­ond an­niver­sary of Um­brella Rev­o­lu­tion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HUN­DREDS of Hong Kong pro-democ­racy sup­port­ers hold­ing yel­low um­brel­las held three min­utes’ si­lence out­side gov­ern­ment of­fices yes­ter­day to mark the sec­ond an­niver­sary of mass protests chal­leng­ing Bei­jing.

The an­niver­sary of the Um­brella Rev­o­lu­tion comes as ten­sions re­main high in the semi-au­tonomous city, with fears grow­ing that China is tight­en­ing its grip.

Huge ral­lies in 2014 de­mand­ing fully free lead­er­ship elec­tions and other demo­cratic re­forms for Hong Kong brought parts of the city to a standstill for more than two months.

Those de­mands were snubbed by Bei­jing, but since then for­mer Um­brella Move­ment pro­test­ers have won seats as city law­mak­ers.

Some of them are now push­ing for a com­plete break from China as the fledg­ling in­de­pen­dence move­ment gains sup­port.

The largely peace­ful demon­stra­tions spawned sprawl­ing protest camps, with tents and art­works set up on high­ways and shop­ping streets.

The move­ment gained its name from pro­test­ers’ use of um­brel­las to shield them from tear gas, pep­per spray, sun and rain.

House­wife Claire We­ber, 42, said she was at the site two years ago when po­lice fired tear gas at the crowds.

“No mat­ter what, or how messy the po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment gets, we must per­sist,” she told AFP.

The at­mos­phere yes­ter­day was car­ni­va­lesque, with minia­ture yel­low pa­per um­brel­las handed out to those tak­ing part. –

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