A cross-generational rally in Hong Kong Saturday kicked off a weekend of protests by pro-democracy activists looking to build on their election victories this week.
Hundreds of seniors joined black-clad students and thronged the Central district to demand an end to police brutality and mass arrests.
“This is not the Hong Kong I know,” said Ponn, 71, who carried her own plastic stool to the rally site. “I want the government to know that we are not happy with what they have done to our generation.”
At least 5,890 people have been arrested since unrest began in June, when demonstrators took to the streets to protest what they see as Chinese encroachment on freedoms promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Violence has ebbed since Tuesday’s municipal elections handed a resounding victory to pro-democracy candidates.
The Saturday protests followed Thursday’s “Thanksgiving Rally,” when demonstrators praised President Trump — and hoisted images of his head pasted onto Rocky Balboa’s chiseled body — for signing two bills supporting human rights in Hong Kong.