Pro­test­ers form hu­man chain in Hong Kong, call for democ­racy

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

HONG KONG — Sup­port­ers of Hong Kong’s pro-democ­racy move­ment lined city streets and part of the city’s har­bor front Fri­day, in­spired by a hu­man chain in a his­toric Baltic states protest against Soviet con­trol 30 years ago.

Some raised linked hands while oth­ers switched on their smart­phone lights and held the de­vices aloft to cre­ate a row of white lights against the night­time sky­line.

It was the lat­est protest in a nearly 11-week-old move­ment that be­gan with calls to scrap a now-sus­pended ex­tra­di­tion bill and has widened to in­clude de­mands for full democ­racy and an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into al­leged police bru­tal­ity.

In a protest on Aug. 23, 1989, nearly 2 million Lat­vians, Lithua­ni­ans and Es­to­ni­ans formed a hu­man chain 370 miles long.

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