Hong Kong is experiencing the city’s largest protest movement in history as locals voice their rejection of a proposed extradition bill, which is seen to threaten judicial independence from Mainland China. On June 15, one man fell to his death trying to fix a protest banner making him “the martyr” in recent protests. For a second Sunday on June 16, approximately two million demonstrators took to the streets to protest the extradition bill and demand Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down from her position.
During the protests, many Hong Kong celebrities chose to remain silent during the sensitive time, afraid of backlash from Mainland China. Originally, Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) supported the rally by liking posts related to the protest. Incurring anger from Mainland fans, Charmaine later changed her position to “loving this country and loving Hong Kong”.
Like Charmaine, many Hong Kong celebrities were afraid to take a clear stance over the political issue. However, the death of the protester shocked the entire city and finally, more celebrities broke their silence.
Many posted black-and-white photos with the caption “RIP” as they mourned the death of the protester, known as Mr. Leung. Even though it was Joey Yung’s (容祖兒) birthday, she also posted a photo indicating her inability to sleep during this time. As for Hins Cheung (張敬軒), he took a picture of some pills as a symbol of sleepless nights.
Though Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文) is preparing for her concert, she has been praying constantly for Hong Kong, and posted a photo of a pair of clasped hands on social media. Although Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) has already moved back to Vancouver, she posted a photo of her daughter praying for Hong Kong. Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅), who is hosting her concert in China, also mourned over the protester’s death.
Sammy Leung (森美) reminded locals to register as voters and cast their votes in the upcoming July 2nd election, and to select officials who truly represent the voices of Hong Kong people.
Perhaps the most vocal statement came from Anthony Wong (黃秋生), who is known to defend Hong Kong’s autonomy. Like many residents, Anthony was angered by the police’s recent use of tear gas against the protesters. “If the [government] uses a forceful manner and is unwilling to listen to the people’s voices, then the situation will continue to worsen.”
Some locals felt that the majority of these celebrities’ support came too late, and they are only speaking up after there has been a death in the extradition protests.
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.