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Hong Kong office workers begin week of lunchtime protests

Hong Kong office workers begin week of lunchtime protests

12/2/2019 1:56:00 PM

Hong Kong office workers begin week of lunchtime protests

Hundreds of office workers in Hong Kong 's business district gathered on Mon...

4 Min ReadHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hundreds of office workers in Hong Kong’s business district gathered on Monday for the first in a week of lunchtime protests backing the pro-democracy movement after its resounding victory in district polls last month in the Chinese-ruled city.

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An anti-government demonstrator holds a flag as people gather for a lunchtime protest at Chater Garden in Hong Kong, China, December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisA day earlier police again fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters as they marched past the city’s Kowloon waterfront, after first going to the U.S. consulate on Hong Kong island to show gratitude for Washington’s support.

There was no such confrontation at the two-hour rally in the central business district on Monday, as some people went back to their offices after their demonstration of solidarity. Others said they would be striking for the full five days.The gathering in Chater Garden probably drew Hong Kong’s best-dressed protesters, and organizers have called on them to come out every day this week.

Protests over the last six months have drawn a wide swathe of Hong Kong society - from students to pensioners. Even white-collar professionals, like those in Chater park, have sometimes blocked roads in recent weeks, leading to face-offs with police.Monday’s rally appeared aimed specifically at bringing in more workers from advertising agencies to help build publicity.

Fred, a 24-year-old advertising professional, said he and his colleagues had helped create promotional materials in their own time for the so-called “yellow economy”, the businesses seen as supporting the pro-democracy movement.Many pro-democracy protesters have adopted the color yellow and yellow balloons have been seen at rallies.

Related CoverageChina suspends U.S. military visits to Hong Kong, sanctions U.S.-based NGOs“From the advertising perspective, we can help promote the brands that speak out for Hong Kong,” said Fred.Another protester in the park said his advertising agency had closed for the week in solidarity, and hoped other agencies would do likewise.

“We are trying to come out and be the first industry to come out and stop working for five days,” said 28-year-old Ryan.“We are just stopping work for companies. But the advertising talent will keep advertising for the movement, designing posters and leaflets.”

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TEAR GASDuring Sunday’s protest police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, some of whom chanted “revolution of our time” and “liberate Hong Kong”. That followed a period of relative calm after Nov. 24 district elections delivered an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates.

Police on Sunday used tear gas after protesters threw bricks and glass bottles, and ignored warnings, Kwok Ka-chuen, a senior police official, told a news conference.Fity-eight people were arrested over the weekend, bring the total number of arrests since early June to 5,947, police said.

Slideshow(8 Images)The protest in the busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui followed a “Thanksgiving” march by hundreds to the U.S. consulate.The protesters’ demands include an end to Beijing’s alleged meddling in the freedoms promised to the former British colony when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, universal suffrage and an inquiry into police use of force.

The unrest since June has at times forced the closure of government offices, businesses, schools and the international airport, helping drive the city into recession for the first time in a decade in the third quarter.Reporting by Sarah Wu and Twinnie Siu; Writing by Kate Lamb and David Dolan; Editing by Stephen Coates, Simon Cameron-Moore and Giles Elgood

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