After four months of calm, protests are cropping up in Hong Kong once again, even as the city hunkers down to beat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
After four months of calm, protests are cropping up in Hong Kong once again, even as the city hunkers down to beat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Demonstrators chanted pro-democracy slogans in a luxury mall in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the latest in a string of small but determined protests as the city's coronavirus outbreak slows.

More than 100 protesters gathered at lunchtime in the Landmark Atrium mall in Central, a prestigious business and retail district, despite social distancing rules that prohibit public gatherings of more than four.

They sang a protest anthem, "Glory to Hong Kong," and held up signs reading "Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now" and "Hong Kong Independence." One protester hung a banner cursing Hong Kong police and their families.

"The protests had calmed down previously because of the coronavirus, but now we must step up and let the world know that we have not given up," said Mich Chan, who works in the legal industry.

"We're still fighting for what we fought for last year." Holding up a sign calling for the movement's five demands to be met, Chan said she was not worried about possible transmission of the virus during the protests because the people of Hong Kong are "disciplined and know how to protect themselves" by wearing masks.

Police entered the mall about half an hour after the protest began, urging people to leave and warning those assembled that they were violating social distancing rules and participating in an unlawful assembly.

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