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Hong Kong: Demonstrators turns a football stadium into a protest zone

The liberation protest in Hong Kong has entered the 14th week. In a recent turn of events, the demonstrators turned a football stadium into a protest zone on Tuesday at the first home game of Hong Kong’s World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign.

In a qualifying match with Iran, the spectators-turned-protesters echoed the slogans of freedom saying “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong”.

The protesters donned their signature black T-shirts, and sang the protest song loudly “Glory be to thee, Hong Kong”.

When China’s national anthem was played inside the stadium, the protesters heckled and turned their back towards the ground.

On Sunday, the anti-government protesters made their way to the US consulate. Thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators took US flags in their hand and chanted US national anthem and assembled at the US consulate.

The protesters called on US President Donald Trump to support their cause and being an international spotlight in the semi-autonomous territory

Security officials were also stood as the protesters marched towards the consulate.

“Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!” The demonstrators chanted.

The mass protests were sparked 14 weeks ago after the Beijing-backed government sought to introduce extradition bill which has been removed last week.

The protesters had argued about the extradition bill implying that it would have allowed Beijing to break its promise to preserve Hong Kong’s separate justice system after its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

The protesters have since morphed into a broader pro-democracy movement.

The liberation protests include demands for full democracy in the semi-autonomous city, an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, blanket amnesty for the protesters who are charged with offenses stemming from their involvement in demonstrations, and a refutation of the police claim that protesters were involved in rioting – an offense which results in serious penalties.

In the middle of the qualifier, spectators waved their phones and shouted protest slogans in unison, holding out five fingers to represent their demands for the government.

Earlier, the protesters had appealed to the  G20 to raise their voice over the cause.

Samra Mazhar

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