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Hong Kong protesters sing for democracy

Hong Kong. After months of protests against Hong Kong's political leadership, protesters in the Chinese Special Administrative Region are looking for new forms of creative resistance. Thousands gathered on Wednesday evening for the third day in a row in various shopping centers in the metropolis and spontaneously sang the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong". Unlike some street protests recently, it remained peaceful.

It is not known who made "Glory to Hong Kong", but since the song was first performed at a rally in late August, it has quickly become the anthem of the protest movement. The lyrics are about the activists' commitment to continue to insist on democratic freedoms - even though the Hong Kong government recently passed a law to extradite suspects to mainland China, which triggered the protests in the first place.

"Glory to Hong Kong"

In the New Town Plaza shopping center in the Sha Tin district, around 2,000 people fanned out on several floors, chanted slogans and then sang softly "Glory to Hong Kong". Some cried and held up their hands. Many looked at their cell phones to read the text. There were families with young children, students and pensioners, and most of them did not have the protective masks that protesters usually wear on the streets. The mall is directly connected to a subway station where police used tear gas on demonstrators last Sunday after some of them rioted.

The local media showed recordings of such singing performances in at least seven other shopping centers as well as outside a subway station. The meetings were organized through online calls. Police were not in sight and the singers quietly dispersed after the song.

In addition to "Glory to Hong Kong", the demonstrators sang the Christian song "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from the musical "Les Misérables", in the original version "À la volonté du peuple".

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