Approximately 150 people took to Vancouver’s Waterfront Station on the weekend to participate in a silent flash mob.
The gathering was led by the Vancouver Hong Kong Political Activists (VHKPoActs), a student-led organization that advocates for social and political issues in Vancouver and Hong Kong.
“As a student-formed organization, we and the younger generation of Hong Kong have the common goal of pursuing justice and a democratic future for ourselves and future generations,” reads the group’s Facebook page. “As politically-alerted Canadians, we are obligated to speak up against the clear oppression and breach of human rights.”
The flash mob, which took place on Sunday, was in response to a ban on masks in protests and assemblies that was implemented the day before.
Jane Li, Spokesperson for VHKPoActs, explains to Daily Hive that the ban was enacted due to the “Emergency Regulations Ordinance, a law created in the colonial era.”
“Not only does the ban of maks bypass the formal legislative procedure,” writes Li in an email. “The invocation of the emergency law grants the government enormous power to create any law and regulation as they wish.”
“This is clearly destruction of rule of law in Hong Kong and also facilitation to the police’s excessive use of force.”
The rally took place at 2 pm and lasted for approximately 15 minutes.
Members of the group held posters and wore masks and toward the end of the flash mob, chanted slogans in Cantonese, saying “Librerate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times” and “Stand with Hong Kong, Fight for Freedom.”
VHKPoActs says that fortunately, there was no conflict or confrontation.
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