Report updated at 9 p.m., July 26, 2019 More than 1,000 black-clad pro-democracy protesters staged a peaceful sit-in at Hong Kong’s international airport Friday, greeting incoming visitors with warning signs in simplified Chinese, English, German and other languages. Protest signs and placards in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, French, German and more. pic.twitter.com/8mV1ayKRLF— Elaine Yu (@yuenok) July 26, 2019 Sparked by a now-suspended extradition bill, the activists’ demands have since expanded to encompass calls for direct election of leaders and an investigation into alleged excessive use of force by police. Though embattled chief executive Carrie Lam has called the extradition bill “dead,” protesters continue to demand its full withdrawal. Activists covered themselves in sticky notes layered with pro-democracy slogans, making themselves into human “Lennon walls” as they sang a protest anthem from the hit musical “Les Miserables.” “Hi, lennon-wall me” pic.twitter.com/wTJpxGQQGu— Elaine Yu (@yuenok) July 26, 2019 Some travelers and even airport employees also took part in the 11-hour event. In case anyone is wondering whether this crowd is genuinely air industry employees (& not just the regular protest crowd), there are MANY people here who have their standard-issue crew luggage with them. pic.twitter.com/Ohn0RI96Fa— Antony Dapiran (@antd) July 26, 2019 Friday’s protest… Read full this story
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