It was September 11: the Day that never Ends.
What started as a normal, beautiful, blue sky kind of a day spiraled into a day of death and chaos that would almost feel like it would never end.
– Gédéon Naudet
2019 marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, as people observed a moment of silence for the fall of the World Trade Centre in New York City.
Hong Kong: the situation
For months, Hong Kong faced great political unrest. The ongoing series of demonstrations are centered on gaining more democratic freedom due to their current status as a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Closer to September 11, a Chinese-owned tabloid accused the Hong Kong protesters of planning “massive terror attacks” on 9/11.
The Hong Kong edition of China Daily wrote on Facebook attached with the above image:
Anti-government fanatics are planning massive terror attacks, including blowing up gas pipes, in Hong Kong on September 11.
They later followed:
The 9/11 terror plot also encourages indiscriminate attacks on non-native speakers of Cantonese and starting mountain fires
According to ABC News, the information came from a leaked message on a Telegram group.
Calling off the protests
As a result, the protesters declared to put a pause on the ongoing protests:
In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on Sept 11, apart from potential singing and chanting
One poster reads:
We honour those who died in the attacks, and all those sacrificed in the fight against all forms of terrorism.
In remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, many people in Hong Kong have responded as they honour those who have died in the attacks 18 years ago.
Some protestors can be seen attending a protest at New Town Plaza in Hong Kong:
Being able to halt the Hong Kong protests showcases a sense of respect for the unforgettable 9/11 incident from years ago.
As they stand together in silence and in solidarity, may we also remember the incident and #NeverForget911.