Date
18 December 2017
In a barefoot walk Sunday in support of the Occupy protesters, a group of high school students knelt down after every 28 steps. Hong Kong's pro-democracy street occupation began on Sept. 28. Photo: Commercial Radio
In a barefoot walk Sunday in support of the Occupy protesters, a group of high school students knelt down after every 28 steps. Hong Kong's pro-democracy street occupation began on Sept. 28. Photo: Commercial Radio

High school pupils stage barefoot walk in Occupy solidarity

A group of high school students did a barefoot “ascetic walk” in Admiralty Sunday afternoon in a show of support for the Occupy campaign and calling on the protesters to unite and continue their mission despite the police street clearance operation in Mong Kok last week.

About ten students from a pro-democracy group that calls itself “young voice” began walking barefoot from the Admiralty Centre. They passed through Tamar Park and the parking lot of the Legco building before returning to the starting point.

During the walk, they knelt down after every 28 steps, and circled the area nine times in total. The numbers 28 and 9 represent September 28, when the street occupation began, Apple Daily noted. 

At one stage, the students were joined in the walk by some citizens. 

A student who participated in the barefoot walk said all his group members have been staying in the occupation zone in Admiralty. The walk was aimed at showing how persistent the occupiers have been and the difficult task they have undertaken, he said, adding that all pro-democracy people should stand together.

After some netizens questioned the kneel-down action, saying that it could be construed as kneeling before the powers, the group later said in a statement that it just tried to remind citizens how hard the road to democracy would be.

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