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‘Sing praise to the Lord’ Marks Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Protests, ‘Anthem’ of Demonstration

'Sing praise to the Lord' Marks Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Protests, 'Anthem' of Demonstration

‘Sing praise to the Lord’ Marks Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Protests, ‘Anthem’ of Demonstration

As record numbers demonstrate within the streets of Hong Kong to protest a planned extradition law and therefore the mainland Chinese government, a Christian song written in 1974 has become an “unofficial anthem.”

Christian teams within the autonomous territory in southeastern China of roughly 7.4 million citizens — a former British colony — are singing “Sing Praise To The Lord” by Linda Stassen-Benjamin whereas complaining and marching within the streets. The song, that is catchy and straightforward in melody, is standard around the world and has been translated into several languages.

The demonstrators have conjointly been complaining against police brutality. The authorities apparently have an antipathy for the Christian song, as proved by one sign a protester carried, that reads: “Stop victimization Baton or We Sing Praise To The Lord.” varied clips of protesters singing the hymn are announce to Twitter and many social media.

Approximately 2 million protesters have taken to the streets to specify their opposition over a planned law that may send suspected criminals to be extradited to mainland China to be prosecuted and to demand that China-backed Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam resign.

Reports indicate that additional action on the contested extradition law has been suspended although not fully scrapped, the protesters, several of whom are young, have continued to thrust back. Demonstrators worry the Chinese government can use the planned law to focus on and effectively silence their critics.

In addition to the Christian hymn, the protesters have been singing “Do you hear the people sing” from the musical “Les Miserables.”

The presence of Christians et al singing “on the front lines of the protests were useful in creating the demonstrations look additional like an outside worship service instead of the ‘organized riots’ the govt. same it had to confine on to bring back law and order,” Shanghaiist noted on Sunday, saying the 1974 song is an “unofficial anthem” of the uprising.

Meanwhile, China has been censoring the Hong Kong protest demonstrations on the mainland. Once a web user there keys “Hong Kong” into Baidu, China’s largest search engine, no news of the protests turns up.

Government censors have conjointly clean “Do You Hear The People Sing,” from online music streaming services.

Among the Christian leaders in Hong Kong’s Christian community speaking out against the extradition bill is Chinese Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop old of Hong Kong who has been a vocal critic of China for many years, has asked Catholics to wish for things, has spoken at anti-extradition rallies, and convened a Mass to pray for Hong Kong.

The Catholic diocese has issued an official statement urging the Hong Kong government to hamper with reference to the law’s passage.

Chu Yiu-ming, pastor of Chai Wan Baptist Church in Hong Kong is among the Protestant priesthood seen at the protests singing the illustrious hymn. The Baptist leader was conjointly a frontrunner in 2017 push stringent universal ballot rights in Chief government elections.

The Chinese government has been cracking down on non-secular expression in recent months and years, aggravating its efforts to rid of the mainland of Christian symbols by removing crosses from churches and replacing them with Chinese flags and by tearing down “unregistered” churches and mosques.

The Hong Kong protests have occurred mere days once the 30-year day of remembrance of the Tiannamen Sq. massacre, called the ’89 Democracy Movement, that the Chinese government was viciously pent-up.



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