HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s faceless protest movement is embarking on a bold new strategy that poses a direct challenge to the city’s political masters in Beijing: activists want to export their “revolution” to mainland China.
China’s censors have gone into overdrive in the past month, blocking news of Hong Kong’s biggest and most violent protests in decades from filtering through to the mainland, where stability is the Communist Party’s overwhelming priority.
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Recent images of police firing rubber bullets and tear gas near the city’s financial district as well as chaotic scenes of demonstrators storming the legislature were beamed live to the world – except in mainland China, where they were blocked from many social media sites.
So activists, angry and frustrated over a now-suspended extradition bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to China for trial, want to take their fight to areas of Hong Kong popular with mainland Chinese.
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“We’re trying to export our revolution,” said Bonnie Leung of Civil Human Rights Front, the organizer of recent protests that the group says have seen millions take to the streets.
“If they (tourists from mainland) watch what Hong Kong people are doing, they make copies and bring back to China,” she added. “We’ll all have democracy in Hong Kong and in China.”
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On Saturday, protesters will rally in Sheung Shui, a town near the Chinese border that attracts mainland shoppers. In previous years, the area has been a battleground for Hong Kong people angry over the flood of Chinese day-trippers.
Another protest on Sunday will take place in the suburban district of Sha Tin, which has also been the site of clashes between Hong Kong residents and mainland visitors.
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The protesters are expected to use similar tactics to those of a rally at a tourist area on Sunday, where they handed out pamphlets printed...
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