Photos show democracy protests reigniting in Hong Kong after China passed a sweeping measure to crush the city's autonomy
Natalie ColarossiMay 29, 2020, 01:25 IST
In the last week, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets and shopping districts of Hong Kong to protest a new national security measure from China.
The measure, which was ultimately passed on Thursday, will allow China to enforce new national security laws against Hong Kong, effectively silencing any voices of dissent and ending the city's semi-autonomy.
The protests echoed last year's fight for democracy, when millions of people took to the streets for several months to fight against a bill that would allow China to extradite Hong Kong residents to the mainland for trial.
Those protests ignited an entire pro-democracy movement within the city, and many have since demanded an increase in freedoms for the semiautonomous region.
But the new legislation marks a major blow to the pro-democracy fight, and critics have said it could mean the end of Hong Kong's freedoms. "The end of Hong Kong is alarming not only for its people but also for the world," said Maya Wang, a senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch, adding, "It's the light, the conscience, the voice that speaks truth to an increasingly powerful China."
To fight against the new legislation, pro-democracy protesters marched through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday chanting slogans like, "Revolution of our time. Liberate Hong Kong," and "Hong Kong independence, the only way out."