The action was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the “Baltic Way,” a historically substantial peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated two million persons formed a 600 kilometer (372 miles) lengthy human chain across the 3 Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Beginning from about eight p.m. neighborhood time (eight a.m. ET), thousands of Hong Kong protesters started holding hands, forming chains along 3 subway lines to type the “Hong Kong Way.”
In a flyer shared more than social media, protesters mentioned it is not intended to disrupt targeted traffic or the public but is “an iconic move that reinforces Hong Kong’s solidarity and determination in hope of generating our voices heard on the international stage.”

The human chain is one particular of a number of events planned in what will be the 12th consecutive weekend of protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

On Saturday, protesters have planned a “pressure test” of Hong Kong’s international airport, which will involve traveling to the airport working with all, and any, indicates offered to them, to place stress on airport transport and build a surge in targeted traffic. Protesters have been urged by organizers to go as slow as attainable to build maximum disruption.

On the other hand, a Higher Court order on Friday extended an injunction order prohibiting protesters from getting into the airport.

Also planned are protests in Kwun Tong, in Kowloon, on Saturday and other folks in Tseun Wan and Kwai Ching districts on Sunday.

The protests this weekend are coming off the back of a huge demonstration on August 18 that attempted to restore peace just after weeks of violence.

Organizers mentioned 1.7 million protesters of all ages joined the march via the downtown locations, transforming substantially of the city center into a sea of slow moving umbrellas.

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The demonstration was extensively viewed as a test of the movement’s durability following weeks of escalating violence among police and protesters. It followed ugly scenes at the city’s airport, when a group of protesters detained and beat two guys they accused of becoming undercover police officers, and violently clashed with riot police.
This week was one particular of the initial peaceful weeks given that the start off of the protests but police say harassment has moved on-line.

Speaking at a background briefing on Friday, a number of senior police officials who spoke on the situation of anonymity, mentioned that members of the police have been doxxed — their private info which includes loved ones pictures, posted in chat rooms and on social media.

Calling the tactic “a type of psychological war” police officials mentioned they had arrested 16 persons on suspicion of disclosing private information without having consent and causing harm, and unauthorized access to a computer system.

“It is disturbing since a lot of persons are leaking police info,” one particular officer mentioned. “There is an on-line radicalization now (to) the complete movement and that is worrying. In any nation, this sounds like extremism. Not like a protest. This is not protest. This is not peaceful.”

The protest movement, which started in June more than a now-shelved extradition bill, has given that expanded to consist of calls for higher democracy and government accountability.

Hong Kong’s international image has suffered as a outcome of the ongoing protests, specifically disruption at the airport, and the government admitted final week that the economy is suffering.