n Hong Kong’s latest pro-democracy, anti-extradition demonstration, thousands joined hands on Friday night, creating human chains across the city.
Dubbed the “Hong Kong Way,” the protest was staged on the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, an anti-Soviet demonstration in which two million people linked hands to create a 675-kilometer chain that spanned across the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Prior to the protest, organizers in Hong Kong laid out plans for three separate human chains to be created stretching for more than 30 kilometers combined. Here’s a map:
And here’s what it looks like in practice:
This is extraordinary. Exactly 30 years after the Baltic Way took place, Hong Kong people have taken inspiration from the demonstration and joined hands across the city to form a massive human chain this Friday night.
This video was taken in just one small part of Causeway Bay. pic.twitter.com/UEjoJZSfbM
— Elaine Yu (@yuenok) August 23, 2019
30 years after the Baltic way, Hkers formed our Hong Kong Way tonight, for freedom, for demoncray, and for an end to the authoritarian rule over the city#theHKWay#FreeHK #antiEALB pic.twitter.com/4vZt8Hyjrf
— Demosistō 香港眾志 (@demosisto) August 23, 2019
— Coconuts Hong Kong (@CoconutsHK) August 23, 2019
LIVE #HongKongWay human chain – island section on Great George St in Causeway Bay and it's just part of it …
Same date 30 years ago the hundreds of miles of human chain across three Baltic nations were part of the prelude of their independence from Soviet Union. pic.twitter.com/SX0jCWuvLd
— Xinqi Su (@XinqiSu) August 23, 2019
There was also another chain created by hikers way up on Lion Rock overlooking Hong Kong.
Thanks so much for hikers at the Lion Rock, forming a very illuminating human chain! ♥️♥️♥️
(photo from whatsapp) pic.twitter.com/maglFonsZd
— LO Kin-hei 羅健熙 (@lokinhei) August 23, 2019
— Benyip1998 (@benyip1998) August 23, 2019
— Rachel Cheung (@rachel_cheung1) August 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Hong Kong protesters have returned to their customary politeness, breaking the human chains to allow traffic to by whenever necessary.
The human chain forms on the crossing when it’s green for pedestrians, then breaks up when the light turns red again pic.twitter.com/DNHpfdBQBT
— Aaron Mc Nicholas (@aaronMCN) August 23, 2019