Several hundred families took to the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday, August 10, to show their support for the pro-democracy movement. The special-status territory has been witnessing massive protests over the past two months against China's growing influence over the region's affairs, which has been retrenched in Pueblo. © kin by the United Kingdom in 1997.
The friendly atmosphere of this gathering contrasted with the increasingly violent clashes that marked the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. On a small multicolored leaflet distributed among the families who were demonstrating, an abbot explains the protest movement in a playful way to the children: A for Â "Â Angry" (anger), D like Â "Â demonstration" (manifestation) or else P as Â "Â protest" (Dispute).
Faye Lai, a theater employee with a three-year-old pushchair, says she hopes the rally will help younger people understand the crisis in Hong Kong:
"We need to explain to children the current situation in Hong Kong and teach them what a good society looks like. The future belongs to children. The future of Hong Kong belongs to them. We fight for the rights that children should enjoy ", she told Agence France-Presse.
The movement of "silver hair"
Born of the rejection of a controversial draft law of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong executive who wanted to authorize extraditions to China, the mobilization has since considerably widened its demands, with in sight of the central Chinese power.
This mobilization of families that wants to be a gathering for "The future of our children", had been cleared by the authorities unlike several others expected by protesters who plan to intensify their protests over the weekend, including the pursuit of a sit-in. -in three days at the international airport started Friday and gathering thousands of people.
"At this stage, we must participate in all events, especially those who have future generations in mind, not just demonstrations and marches.", estimated Roger Cheng, a 50-year-old office worker. "Like today, it's up to the next generation to understand the importance of a future.".
Elderly people held Saturday a rally, baptized "Silver hair", and delivered trials to the police headquarters and the office of the head of Hong Kong's Carrie Lam, to show their support for the movement.