Protesters form human chain in Hong Kong, call for democracy
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.