"We will achieve what remains to be done," one writes.
The death of a woman – known to most of the world with her last name, Mac – is the fourth suspicion of suicide that has to be linked by local media to the ongoing demonstrations originally triggered by a controversial extradition bill that, were worried that they could limit freedoms in the semi-autonomous city. The four dead have become devices in protest and have been treated by some demonstrators as the heroes of the cause
The struggle for Hong Kong
The blocking movement of the extradition bill was thrown as a binary struggle for life or death from the outset.
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The death of the protesters only add to this intensity.
In demonstrations, protesters created flags of yellow raincoats, giving the illusion that the first death of a suicide, a 35-year-old man dead with a distinctive yellow raincoat, sailed over them. The protesters wore black and removed black flags to worship the dead. With the massive pouring of grief, some protesters pointed the government. For some time, the blood-red poster became ubiquitous. In it he wrote, "Stop killing us."
"He sacrifices a lot for us," a 16-year-old schoolgirl who only gave her name to Athens, told the man of one of the crusades. "This is related to Hong Kong's political system – it is life-threatening and fateful."
In places around the city, the demonstrators held memorials for the dead. They picked flowers on walkways that formed white and plastic mountains and left notes to the dead that they would never read. heart. "He was dragged by the regime," one more writes.
Those who have lost themselves to suicide have also become arguments in protest. One of them showed the 35-year-old man and another victim with his hands as they walked to the light with the words: "Friend, do not leave, Hong Kong, do not surrender." Even messages that do not portray protesters have acquired a darker tone. "If we burn, you burn with us," read a huge, red flag.
"We have to remind them that it is not worth it." Time is always on the side of the young " she said.
The problem is, young people do not feel that way.
Why Things Get Dark
Hong Kong is a city familiar with the protests. But protests have not always been like this movement.
Hope was in the air.
There was a feeling that democracy could finally be possible.
So when the protesters came out on the streets earlier this year, they freed years of depressed rage and distrust of the government, according to Samson Yueen, politically. a scientist at the University of Lingnan, Hong Kong.
The four suspected suicides added another emotional element – especially because many considered the government's death to blame, Yunen said.
"The protest is about the life and death of Hong Kong," he said. "The protests are to continue the wishes of those who have given" their life. "
" This is the way people trust the system, how people can still trust the future of Hong Kong. "
At a press conference earlier this month, Hong Kong leader Lam said she was disappointed by the protesters who were injured as a result of the bill, adding that the government has asked many non-governmental organizations to offer emotional counseling services, hoping to alleviate the negative
Contributions to Stephen Chung of CNN, Maysie Mock, Jesse Yong, Daddy Sham, and Sharmon Le We have contributed to this Hong Kong report.