Hong Kong protesters inspired by Baltic Way

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong showed that the spirit of the Baltic Way is very much alive 30 years on when they emulated the gesture of holding hands to create a giant human chain on August 23.

Hong Kong Free Press showed pictures of the demonstration against heavy-handed rule by the one-party Communist system, the latest in a series of demonstrations that have been running for more than ten weeks.

The pictures showing demonstrators in heavily urbanised Hong Kong contrasted with many of the the archive pictures of long lines of Baltic demonstrators stretching through a rural landscape in 1989, as did the widespread use of cellphones to record the scene and the fact that many protesters wore face masks to prevent their identification.

 

Earlier in the day Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš spoke up for the rights of individuals everywhere to "freedom, democracy and independence" and the right to demonstrate in a peaceful manner, without giving overt backing to the Hong Kong manifestations.

A Chinese version of the original and legendary Baltic Way anthem was even posted to YouTube (see video at top of page)

 

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