We did it! An estimated 135,000 people in Hong Kong formed 60km of human chains to encircle city in #HongKongWay in support of democracy #baltijasceļš30 pic.twitter.com/uFNsO7fmRk
— Missy Lao (@missy_lao) August 23, 2019
HONG KONG — Hand-in-hand, protesters formed a 28-mile human chain across 39 train stations in Hong Kong on Friday.
The demonstrators sang songs as they held small signs that said, “Thank you for supporting freedom and democracy.”
The latest demonstration in the 11-week movement that stemmed from outrage over a proposed extradition bill was inspired by 1989 protests across Baltic states.
On Aug. 23, 1989, the so-called Baltic Way involved 2 million Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians protesting Soviet domination of the region.
“I joined the Hong Kong Way because it’s peaceful,” protester Peter Cheung, 27, told Reuters, referring to the campaign’s name. “This is the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. I hope there will be a bigger chance to make an international noise.”