Hong Kong Protestors Take to Hills After Lam Promises Better Housing

Hong Kong protestors lined the hills to form a torch-lit human chain Friday, one day after Chief Executive Lam vowed housing reform amid ongoing protests.

Hundreds of protestors take to the hills in Hong Kong to form a human chain with flashlights, just one day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam promised housing reform in an effort to appease ongoing protests.

The protestors peacefully lined the Lion Rock and Victoria Peak on Friday with various flashlights and other torches and lanterns.

They took to the hills the same day as the Mid-Autumn Festival, a day where the people in Hong Kong usually observe the moon and eat mooncakes.

This comes just one day after Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam committed to expand the housing market in an attempt to appease the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations.

Lam weighed in on the promise saying, “The government will add to housing supply measures which will be continuously put in place and not missed.”

Earlier this week, Hong Kong protestors halted demonstrations in remembrance of the September 11th terror attacks.

According to a Reuters report, activists temporarily stopped the ongoing protests and went on to slam Chinese media for allegations suggesting the activists were planning “massive terror.”

This comes as months-long protests have plagued the region, after an extradition bill was introduced sparking fear of torture and unfair trials if suspects were sent to China.

Lam has since clarified she will formally withdraw the bill, in another attempt to mitigate the ongoing, civil unrest.

The protests started out peacefully and eventually escalated into violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement. 

Meanwhile, the world has anxiously stood by idly to watch the Chinese response to the widespread unrest as trade talks between the U.S. and China continue.

The Chinese deployed troops to Hong Kong last month sparking fears of military intervention, although Beijing denied this motive. 

Chinese officials encouraged Hong Kong protesters to abide by the law, but suggested the deployment was only a routine rotation.

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