Protesters in Hong Kong announced they would form a human chain across the city on Friday, marking the 30-year anniversary of this tactic being used by Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians in their protests against the Soviet Union. The event became known as the Baltic Way or the Baltic Chain.
“The Baltic Way brought the world’s attention to their cause and inspired following generations,” the organizers of the Hong Kong rally said in a statement. “We plead that you will not look away at this crucial time. Stand with Hong Kong.”
Several high-profile events were also planned for the weekend in the former UK colony. Protesters are expected to return to Hong Kong international airport on Saturday, despite a court ban. Later in the day, protesters were due to march through the city’s eastern district of Kwun Tong. Two more marches were set to be held on Sunday.