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Defiant protesters take over streets in Bangkok; Hong Kong democracy activists send support Updated: 2020-10-20 10:06:21 KST

Anti-government protesters are still gathering in Thailand, defying a protest ban for the fifth consecutive day.
The government closed subways, arrested at least 80 protesters, and reportedly attempted to block messaging apps.
Police also threatened to shut four news outlets for violating an emergency decree that's been in place since October 15th.
But people keep on fighting.

"I think we are able to rely on each other even without the leaders' presence and we can carry out orderly protests. This shows that we don't have to be influenced by anyone or anything, we are all here on our own."

Protesters persist with peaceful rallies, using hand gestures only.
The three-fingered salute the primary symbol of the three-month movement is taken from the movie Hunger Games,.. where it was used as a sign of challenge against the totalitarian system.
For young Thais, it also symbolizes their defiance against the disproportionate economy and the monarchy the core of what they are asking to be reformed.
They are calling for the end of military rule,.. through the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who came to power after a coup in 2014.
The movement triggered another rally in Hong Kong, where democracy activists gathered at the Thai consulate, chanting "we stand with Thailand".
Among the protesters was Joshua Wong - a key figure in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

"Hong Kong people stand with Thailand. Just like how people in Thailand (stood) with Hong Kong in 2019. With the greater crackdown, it will result in greater (resistance), from people and activists all over the world."

The bond between protesters in Thailand and Hong Kong has grown in a movement called the "Milk Tea Alliance", referring to drinks popular in both places.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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