Rain or shine, umbrellas are springing up from Sydney to New York, a powerful symbol of solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrators on a seventh day of protests for democracy.
The umbrella has come to represent the protest movement after demonstrators used it to shield themselves against pepper spray and tear gas during a violent police dispersal operation on Sunday night and early Monday morning.
This was followed by dramatic images of protesters sharing umbrellas with riot police during a heavy downpour the next day.
In Sydney, the umbrellas are overshadowed only by colorful post-in notes with handwritten messages along the heritage building that houses Hong Kong’s economic and trade office, according to Mail Online.
Supplies of post-it notes and pens are available for passers-by to offer encouraging words for the protesters calling on the Chinese government to allow free and democratic elections to take place.
In Singapore, hundreds turned up for a candlelight vigil at Hong Lim Park to show their support for the Hong Kong demonstrators.
The rally was organized by social worker Jolovan Wham and human rights activist Rachel Zeng, according to Today newspaper.
“We believe in democracy, we believe that the people in Hong Kong should be given the opportunity to have a free and fair election,” Zeng said.
IT consultant Lau Ka Kit, 47, a Singapore permanent resident from Hong Kong who attended the event, said he hopes it will show the Hong Kong protesters that people around the world are supporting their cause.
Singaporean student Cheung Ho Yeung, 23, who was born in Hong Kong, said: “Even though Hong Kong is seemingly very far away, we should show support [for] the students, because these students are fighting for a better future.”
A blogger in Los Angeles posted pictures and videos showing hundreds of umbrellas in front of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles to voice their support for the Umbrella Revolution.
In Vancouver, students took to the streets in solidarity with the Hong Kong protesters, according to Global News.
A crowd of about 300 showed up at the Chinese consulate, singing, chanting and carrying signs urging Beijing to listen to Hong Kong’s call for democracy.
“It’s really important that we speak in solidarity with our people in Hong Kong,” said one student.
“I grew up in Hong Kong and it’s disheartening to see what is happening right now over there. The government is not willing to give the people a choice and universal suffrage and instead use tear gas over the peaceful protesters.”
In London, demonstrators gathered outside the Chinese embassy to show people in Hong Kong “they are not alone”, BBC reported.
Many carried umbrellas, the symbol of protests in the former British colony.
“We are out to tell people in Hong Kong you are not alone. There are many people standing together across the world,” said Desmond Sham, one of the organizers.
The PhD student from the Hong Kong Overseas Alliance added: “We are just one of the actions of global solidarity.”
Among those gathered were Hong Kong expatriates and students in Britain. One protester told stories of family members who were on the streets at home. Another said this was her last night in London before leaving for home to join the protesters.
In New York, though not a drop of rain was falling, a sea of umbrellas appeared under the lights of Times Square on Wednesday night, according to International Business Times.
At the Support Hong Kong Umbrella Rally, New York’s Hong Kong transplants and their supporters addressed a crowd of onlookers, media and protesters about Hong Kong’s fight for greater political freedom.
In the crowd was a group of people who have their own fight with the Beijing government: Tibetans and their US supporters.
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