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05:25  24 august  2019
05:25  24 august  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Thousands of protesters have formed a human chain across Hong Kong on the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, when about two million people created a chain

Protesters in Hong Kong formed a human chain across the city on Friday, marking the 30-year anniversary of this tactic being used by Estonians Protesters are expected to return to Hong Kong international airport on Saturday, despite a court ban. Later in the day, protesters are due to march

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Hong Kong – Tens of thousands of people formed human chains across Hong Kong Friday night as part of the latest peaceful protest against their embattled government, against Beijing, and to demand democratic reform. Organizers said approximately 135,000 demonstrators linked hands to create the chains, which ran parallel to the city's subway lines on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon across Victoria Harbor, and across the New Territories near the border with mainland China.

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Protesters in Hong Kong announced they would form a human chain across the city on Friday, marking the 30-year anniversary of this tactic being Protesters are expected to return to Hong Kong international airport on Saturday, despite a court ban. Later in the day, protesters were due to march

Thousands of protesters have formed a human chain across Hong Kong on the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, when about two million people created a chain across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to protest against Soviet occupation.

The event, called The Hong Kong Way, was inspired by The Baltic Way, which took place on August 23, 1989, when an estimated two million people held hands across Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to push back against the Soviet Union, call for independence, and attempt to gain international attention. Two years later, in 1991, the Baltic states achieved independence from the USSR.

Hong Kong protesters form human chains across city © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong's central district, August 23, 2019.

Since June 9, Hong Kong has been rocked by protests, violence and chaos. What started out as public opposition to an extradition bill exploded into anger and calls for the resignation of the city's chief executive. Protesters demanded an investigation into police brutality and advocated for greater democratic reform. The unrest raised questions about whether China would deploy the People's Liberation Army or the People's Armed Police, a paramilitary force, to the city.

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Our correspondent Charles Pellegrin has the latest from the protests in Hong Kong .

HONG KONG — Hong Kong residents on Friday planned to join hands and form human chains that would extend for miles across the city in a call for direct elections, a test of the continuing strength of the monthslong protest movement and a display that recalls a major anti-Soviet demonstration from

The protests took a turn toward non-violence with last Sunday's peaceful rally. An estimated 1.7 million people came out, according to organizers, despite torrential rain and in defiance of a police ban; police said 128,000 people participated.

Gallery: Hong Kong protesters form human chain (Reuters)


In Hong Kong's central business district Friday, protesters formed human chains that snaked past the Asian headquarters of many global financial institutions. They chanted some well-worn slogans of the past 11 weeks, including "Let's go, Hong Kong!" and "Revolution of our times!"

In Kowloon, protestors held hands with the city's iconic skyline as a backdrop while others climbed a famous mountain known as Lion Rock, shining lights across the city from the summit — images of which quickly spread across social media.

Hong Kong protesters form human chains across city © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Demonstrators hold up their smartphones as they gather at the Hong Kong Space Museum on August 23, 2019.

"Hong Kong people are showing the spirit of 'keep calm and carry on' in our darkest hours," one of the protest leaders, Bonnie Cheung, told CBS News. "Either Beijing is waiting for the movement to die down…or they want to use force to silence us. Bad strategy," she said.

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A human chain stretched for kilometres across both sides of Hong Kong harbour on Friday night, as On 23 August 1989, around 2 million protesters formed a human chain stretching 370 miles Unlike other protests that have snarled up the city , demonstrators stood in single file along pavements.

"I ask the world to see Hong Kong clearly. We are no rioters, no independence seekers, no violence makers," Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Ted Hui told CBS News. "I urge the world to lift the veil Beijing has put on Hong Kong, to know that freedom and democracy are the only thing Hong Kong people are fighting for," he continued.

Hong Kong protesters form human chains across city © Thomson Reuters Protesters light up their smartphones as they form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong's Central district, China, August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Hong Kong's embattled chief executive Carrie Lam, polling at historically low approval numbers, earlier this week promised to communicate better with protestors.

"We will start immediately a platform for dialogue with people from all walks of life," Lam said, adding, "I and my principal officials are committed to listen to what the people have to tell us, and we want to reach out to the community as soon as possible."

Hong Kong protesters form human chains across city © AP Hong Kong Protests

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