Hong Kong Students Draw Inspiration From Ferguson Protests

Pro-democracy protestersput their hands up in the air in fron of the police in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. It marked a dramatic escalation of protests in the city, which rarely sees such violence, after a tense week of largely contained student-led demonstrations exploded into mass angry street protests.  AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE        (Photo: Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Hong Kong Students Draw Inspiration From Ferguson Protests

Pro-democracy demonstrators facing violent police attacks are using the same "hands up, don't shoot" gesture used by Ferguson protestors.

Published September 29, 2014

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators are flooding the streets of Hong Kong in solidarity after police responded to a peaceful student sit-in with excessive force this past weekend, New York Magazine reports.

Recent images circulated online show Hong Kong students being tear gassed and elderly demonstrators being pepper sprayed in the face.

Many worldwide have been drawing comparisons between the police attacks on protesters in Hong Kong and those in Ferguson, Missouri, noting the Hong Kong protesters’ use of the same “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture made symbolic by the slain teen Michael Brown.

Organized in part by Occupy Central and the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the protests were held to demand the resignation of current chief executive Leung Chung-ying, as well as continued autonomy for Hong Kong and democratic elections in 2017, as previously promised.

Students make up a majority of the protesters, but reports say that the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union and other professionals have joined the young people with respective strikes.

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(Photo: Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Patrice Peck


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