Hong Kong protesters pause: a moment of silence for 9/11 incident

9/11 attacks

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.

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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.

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They later followed:

The 9/11 terror plot also encourages indiscriminate attacks on non-native speakers of Cantonese and starting mountain fires

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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

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One poster reads:

We honour those who died in the attacks, and all those sacrificed in the fight against all forms of terrorism.

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#NeverForget911

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:

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chimchoms on Twitter

Hong Kong protesters silenced for US #NeverForget911 https://t.co/rpJKhHnSqr

Stella Cheung on Twitter

In remembrance of the 911 attacks, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on 11 Sept (HKT). We honour those who died in the attacks, and all those sacrificed in the fight against all forms of terrorism. from #HongKongers #standwithUS #neverforget911 #HKstandswithUS

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.

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