HONG KONG – Pro-democracy demonstrations continue into the fourth day in Hong Kong, despite a police crackdown on Saturday.
As riot police indiscriminately peppersprayed and fired 87 rounds of teargas at 60,000 peaceful, unarmed demonstrators, the protestors used umbrellas to shield themselves from the onslaught. Hong Kong police were condemned by human rights organizations including Amnesty International for using "unnecessary" and "illegitimate" force against peaceful demonstrators, while Social media dubbed the demonstrations the "Umbrella Movement" or "Umbrella Revolution."
Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Anson Chan and Martin Lee spoke last week about Hong Kong's democratic development at two public forums in Toronto. The democracy heavyweights travelled to Canada and the U.S. to rally international support for Hong Kong people's fight for genuine democracy.
On Monday, April 7, over 300 attended the talk "One Country Two Systems Under Threat" hosted by Canada-Hong Kong Link. Another talk "Hong Kong's Democratic Future" was held by Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada on Wednesday. Chan and Lee discussed Hong Kong's current political crisis and democratic development.
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