Mainland Chinese activists are skirting censorship and risking arrest to publicly declare their support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
At least 34 people have been arrested as of October 6, and seven of them are artists from the Songzhuang art center in Beijing. The arrests began after Hong Kong students debuted a class boycott to demand genuine democratic elections on 22 September.
Peaceful protesters have camped out at a massive sit-in in Hong Kong’s financial district for more than a week, calling on China to scrap its requirement that a largely pro-Beijing nominating committee select the candidates in the city’s next chief executive election. To prevent information on the pro-democracy movement, dubbed Occupy Central, from spreading to mainland China, major social media platforms, including WeChat’s public platform and Sina Weibo, have been under heavy censorship. [Read more]
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