What people in Hong Kong are stating after six months of presentations

What people in Hong Kong are stating after six months of presentations

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Here are comments from some protesters at a pro-democracy rally on Sunday that is anticipated to determine broad assistance for anti-government presentations that have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for 6 months.

A protester holds up his hand, representing the 5 needs of the anti-government movement, throughout a Human Rights Day march, organised by the Civil Human Right Front, in Hong Kong, China December 8,2019 REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The protesters provided only their first names to avoid potential repercussions.

LAWRENCE, 23, COLLEGE STUDENT

” The demonstration has actually lasted for half a year. It’s Christmas time quickly but we don’t have the state of mind to celebrate anymore, so I bring this placard to express that the dream of Hong Kongers is no longer about material belongings however about universal suffrage, a typical dream that we all have been defending,” he stated, holding up a poster that says “My 2020 desire is universal suffrage.”

TANG, 15, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

” At first I thought I was not strong enough to come out, but then I started to believe that everyone, no matter how little requirements to come,” he stated, using a black face covering. “I’m angry about police abuse against the protesters, sexual assault and shooting tear gas for no factor.”

” My parents support me. They simply tell me to be cautious.”

HO, 40 s

” My family requires to be informed,” stated Ho, a 40- something mom who signed up with the demonstration with her husband and three young children. “They must understand their heritage, what it is to be a Hong Konger and what it indicates to be part of the motion.”

” As a 40- something, we have actually not done enough for the younger protesters who are defending the flexibility of our kids. So we should do as much as we can … We want to stay in Hong Kong, and we desire our kids to have the flexibility we did, and to understand their rights.”

ERNEST, 16, CLAD IN BLACK

” If we do not stand out front today, we won’t have any opportunity to speak any longer. We will become genuine China and will not have any chance to protest.”

” We need Carrie Lam to respond to our 5 needs … We will keep going until she responds to our 5 demands.”

TO, 40

” We have nothing to do but stroll.”

” We are glad to hear that so many countries are seeing what Hong Kong is doing. It is favorable.”

MATTHEW, 21

” We are prepared like this (in all black and gloves) but we believe a serene way is the very best way to beat the government.”

” We are dressed like this not because we have a strategy, however even if we are all set if the police do anything. We can’t combat themes however we can slow them down, by tossing some bricks or developing a roadblock. We will ensure that there is enough time for individuals to leave.”

SAKURA, 37, FROM JAPAN

” It’s not just a Hong Kong issue. It’s a worldwide problem. Today Hong Kong, tomorrow Japan. That’s why I come all the way from Japan to support the demonstration today. I want to secure Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong as we are closely connected. I feel the same as a Hong Konger and will stand with Hong Kong.”

JUNE, 40- YEAR-OLD MOM

” I will defend liberty up until I pass away because I am a Hong Konger. Today has to do with standing with Hong Kong, and the worldwide neighborhood.”

KAY, 20, UNIVERSITY STUDENT

” I believe the turnout will go beyond the 2 million people (who protested in June) as many of my buddies will participate for the very first time. The more powerful the authorities suppression, the more powerful people will fight back. Authorities are just a chess utilized by the federal government, what’s more crucial is the universal suffrage.”

ROITA, 60

” At our age, we saw the Tiananmen massacre. At that time we were not strong enough to combat for the youths, that’s why we come out now. I want Hong Kong to have more democracy, more liberty and to have peace. “I do not wish to make more money … I want more flexibility.”

Protesters participate in a Human Rights Day march, arranged by the Civil Human Right Front, in Hong Kong, China December 8,2019 REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

CHAN, 22, FLYING THE TIBETAN FLAG

” I wish to show that Hong Kongers likewise support Tibet, that we are all victims of the CCP (Chinese Communist Celebration) … We can see the history of Tibet is repeating itself here.”

LEE, 40 s, CLERICAL WORKER

” I live here. I was born here and I have seen the whole society modification, the legal system break down. I attempt to join most significant rallies.”

Reporting by Kate Kamb, Jessie Pang, Sarah Wu, david Dolan, Marius Zaharia; Compiled by Anne Marie Roantree; Modifying by Lincoln Feast and Jacqueline Wong

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