Pro-democracy Hongkongers mark their fight for the city’s freedom as they march during China’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the communist rule today, October 1.
“We must remain committed to the strategy of peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping in his opening speech, referring to the system of governance which Hong Kong gets its unique rights and semi-autonomy.
The start of the celebration is also the start of a day of protests of the people of Hong Kong.
The annual ceremony for the anniversary of the Communist Party rule showcased the massive influence and strength of China headed by its President. It was a display of a powerful armed forces by having military parades.
Protests in Hong Kong
Pro-Beijing protesters were blocked by the pro-China supporters during the former’s march in Wang Chai district.
Police kept the two groups apart, still some physical attacks have happened. Two pro-democracy protesters were arrested.
Tourists, however, were also warned about the closing of some of the train stations, including Prince Edward Station, Admiralty Station, and Wan Chai. The said stations started closing this morning and will reopen until further notice.
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), however, were asked to remain at home as much as possible.
The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong posted on Facebook wherein it warns them to stay away from the places where the demonstrations are happening.
Moreover, it advised the Filipino community in Hong Kong to not get involved in the protests and do not let the Philippine flag be displayed. This is to ensure the safety and welfare of the Filipinos as merely guests and foreign workers in the city.