December 12 — Rallies for half-year anniversary held in Hong Kong.
The half-year anniversary rally is held at Edinburgh Place. The song May Glory be to Hong Kong is played before the rally officially begins. Some participants wave the flag “Liberate Hong Kong, The Revolution of Our Times”.
A moment of silence is observed at the opening of the rally, in memory of those fellow protesters who have passed away over the protest period.
In his speech, LegCo member Roy Kwong Chun-yu says what drives us to carry on is not just our contempt towards the regime’s injustice, but more importantly, our immense love for this city. It is love that is pushing us forward, compelling us to vow for the insistence of Five Demands, Not One Less.
It is understandable to feel disappointed at not being chosen as Time magazine’s Person of the Year, but remember we don’t need to see each other on a magazine cover; we shall meet each other again under the LegCo building drum!
Over 43k Hong Kong citizens joined this 6•12 half-year anniversary really.
Another rally was held by secondary school students in San Hui Playground, Tuen Mun.
It’s six months after the movement’s first police-civilian clash took place in Admiralty on June 12.
A teacher spoke on the stage. He said that protestors storming into LegCo Complex on July 1 (the day where the Hong Kong SAR was established) is a turning point for him.
At first, he did not understand why protestors needed to take over an empty venue not in use during the summer vacation. But as he came to realize the constitution has long been corrupted. Youngsters could no longer see any hope, and they were willing to bring changes even at the cost of their lives. These also changed him.
He stated that he was born and raised in Hong Kong, and has a stable career and a stable life now. But life is more than just that. Finally, he encouraged the youth to broaden their horizons and continue to brace the difficulties that they would face in the future.
A social worker was invited to speak, too. He pointed out the government’s indifference to the people’s voice has made even social workers take it to the street.
Source: Stand News; Golden Forum; Civil Human Rights Front