This photo gallery of the anti-national education protest in Hong Kong is by Danwei contributor Hudson C. Lockett IV, a Beijing-based freelance writer and photographer. His last article for Danwei was on ecologist Xie Yan’s fight against bad conservation laws in China. Follow him on Twitter here.
On Sunday July 29 tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned out to protest implementation of a new patriotic education initiative — the police said there were 32,000 people, while organizers estimated a total of about 90,000. The protest began at Victoria Park and wound its way through the middle of the island to the Central Government Complex across town. There, parents, grandparents, children and teachers demonstrated for hours in opposition to what they viewed as the imminent brainwashing of Hong Kong’s students by Chinese Communist Party propaganda.
In response to the march–and much to the protestors’ outrage — the government said that it would not delay or cancel the new curriculum slated for the coming fall term, but pledged instead to form a committee to provide some form of oversight for the implementation of the curriculum. Protestors numbered far too many to fit in the Central Government Complex’s courtyard at once, and continued to stream through the final gathering place as organizers encouraged the crowd.