Hong Kong recovers the spirit of the Umbrella Revolution

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Hundreds of thousands demonstrate in the former British colony against the law of extradition, which they consider one more step in the cutting of their autonomy


A protester with a banner against extraditions to China.
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The kids came before the imposing liaison office of thePeople's Republic of China(RPC) in Hong Kong – basic referent of the power that exerts Pekn on the small autonomy – dressed all of them of inmates. The group lines up before the buildingwith chained handsin response to the motto of his convocation: "we are all fugitives."

Each of the 20 students pretends to personify one of the hypothetical crimes of which the locals may be accused if approved.the new law of extradition that sponsors the most loyal to Beijingin the local parliament, who did not hesitate to qualify as "diabolic".

The symbolic concentration of Saturday served as a prelude to the massive demonstration that Sunday attended the former British colony, which has gathered hundreds of thousands of people.The organizers hoped to gather half a million, which will mark a figure that will recover the spirit of the huge protests that took place in this enclave during the so-called "Umbrella Revolution" of 2014, which as now had the same source of inspiration: the resquemor of a significant sector of the local population to the intensification of the control that exerts Pekn on this territory, in autonomous theory.

The legislative proposal, supported by the main local leader,Carrie Lamand a majority of legislators related to the administration led by Xi Jinping will allow extraditing to the continental territory those people required by justice loyal to Beijing, which would end in theory with the special political status that Hong Kong maintains.

"No to extradition to China! No to diabolical law!"The crowd clamored as it passed through the center of the city.

Although pro-Beijing legislators have said that the bill does not include crimes of a political nature and will only apply to crimes punishable by more than seven years of imprisonment, pro-Democratic activists fear that a flexible interpretation of the law would put at risk the dissidents or critic of the Chinese regime that still welcomes this enclave.

For young people likeLi Ho, of 24 years, the approval of this norm will bea "last nail"in the "atad" of the local "autonoma", which has lost space little by little since the failure of the 2014 revolt.

"If they get it, they'll have to start thinking about exile," he added.

"It is a proposal that deals a terrible blow against the rule of law, against the stability and security of Hong Kong", said on Thursday the last British governor of the square,Chris Patten.

A previous attempt by Beijing to promote a local regulation against "betrayal, subversion and sedition" in 2003 also generated mass protests that forced the acolytes of the Chinese Communist Party to withdraw the proposal,something that does not seem to happen this time, since the allied block of the central power controls 43 of the 70 seats of the local parliament.

Beijing has also hardened its position towards the pro-democracy sector,achieving the disqualification of opponents politiciansand forcing the exile of some members of the minority that supports a hypothetical independence from the old British enclave.

Hong Kong has also been the scene of several cases of kidnappings of dissidents in recent years, allegedly by agents of the PRC.

The bill has led to a wholesuccession of mobilizations in recent weekswho intend to reach their climax in this day.

Tens of thousands of people remain blocked at 5 pm in Victoria Park, the beginning of the concentration, when the march had already arrived more than an hour before, in the vicinity of the local parliament, almost 4 kilometers away, which gives an indication of the crowd that attended the event.

Although the police tried to prevent the mobilization paralyzed such emblematic routes of the town asHennessy Avenue or Admiraltythe participants ended up occupying all the spaces of those streets.

Some of the messages carried by the participants were evidence of the enormous space for freedom of expression that still maintains the metropolis with respect to the continental territory where images such as the one that refers to a supposed "Band of Tyrants, enemies of the world", with the presidentXi Jinpingas central figure will be impossible to exhibit.

Other protesters showed a remarkable rancor towards the person of Carrie Lam."Go to hell, bitch", assured a poster that alludes to his person, that appears in another collage in front of a rope ready to execute it or dressed in the Chinese uniform, including the well-known maosta hat.

"Hong Kong die because of the demons.No one can escape the extradition law", read on a banner adorned with the face of Lam.

The Hong Kong march was reinforced by smaller protests in more than a dozen cities around the world such asSydney, Londes or Pars.

In front of the popular mobilization, the town also appeared full of announcements in the press, some financial institutions and even fishing boats that display advertisements in favor of the proposed law.

As in the sittings of 2014, the event was dominated by a festive atmosphere, with drums, dances and flags of all colors,including the teachings of the LGTB or the Taiw minority.

It is enough to know if, as in those days, the idealism of this sector of Hong Kong society is forced to bow to the absolute power of Beijing and its local allies.

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