Organizers have estimated nearly two million people to have participated in the mass protests taking place in Hong Kong against the controversial extradition bill.
Despite the videos showing massive crowds, the police have maintained that there were no more than 338,000 people present. If the organizers’ figures are confirmed, this would become the largest protest in Hong Kong’s history.
New images have been released on Reddit showing young protesters on the ground simultaneously revising for their final exams while also taking part in the protests.
While this level of dedication is certainly impressive, this is not the first time young protesters of Hong Kong have chosen to study while protesting for their rights.
During the 2014 Hong Kong Protests, often called the Umbrella Revolution, young people of Hong Kong amazed the rest of the world by setting up studying areas in the midst of their demonstrations in what can only be described as the ultimate feat of multitasking.
This year, videos of Hong Kongers returning to the site of the anti-extradition bill protests to clean up trash and separate recyclables also emerged. Since these images were released, Hong Kong protesters have received immense praise for setting a very positive example for future protesters.
VIDEO: A day after the worst political unrest since Hong Kong was handed to China in 1997, the city’s youths are out to clear rubbish on the streets of the city pic.twitter.com/aXLvb4Zvmy
— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 13, 2019
The students’ ability to multitask and their dedication to their education as well as their rights, have inspired users from various social media outlets all over the world who were quick to praise their efforts:
“It is important to know that many of the protesters are young people. They haven’t seen anything like this. Most of them are doing this for the first time. Huge respect to them.”
“A thousand people is a riot that can be quashed. A million people is a revolution, and not even the Chinese government would be reckless enough to try and fight this.”
“I don’t know how they managed it but I don’t think I can focus with an environment like that.”
“The amount of willpower and grace these protesters have is unparalleled with this picture and their clean up of the streets after a protest.”