Sunday, September 22, 2019

“105 Days of Resistance: Democracy for Hong Kong March”

Today, more than 400 people joined forces at the Boston City Hall Plaza to show support for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the heroic protesters in Hong Kong. Among us were a diverse crowd of local Bostonians, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hongkongers from all walks of life. The event started out with a statement from Congressman Jim McGovern, one from Senator Ed Markey delivered by Claire Teylouni, the Regional Director of his office, and speeches from speakers including Anthony Wong, a Hong Kong frontline protester who wore a helmet and a pair of goggles when talking about his experience. 

In Congressman Jim McGovern's statement, he promised to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act this week. Besides, the “Protect Hong Kong Act”, which would prohibit the export of U.S. police equipment to Hong Kong, will move forward and be brought up at the House of Representatives this week.

Claire Teylouni also delivered a statement on behalf of Senator Ed Markey. He stated that Hong Kong’s autonomy is being stripped away by authoritarian suppression, and Hong Kong protesters, who are leaderless yet showing leadership, reminding the world “democratic aspirations are crucial.” In the statement, he also urges Hong Kong police to stop their misconduct and reassures that he will continue to push the bill in Congress.

With traffic shut down, the crowd made their way through Tremont Street, Boylston Street, passing by Downtown Crossing on Washington Street before returning to the City Hall. Participants chanted “Stand with Hong Kong, Fight for Freedom,” “Reclaim Hong Kong, Revolution of our Time,” and “No Tyranny, We Want Democracy” along their way, drawing massive public attention to the crisis in Hong Kong.

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