Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on top of Lion Rock to form a human chain on Friday evening. Protesters also targeted the Peak on Hong Kong island.

Responding to an online call, the participants shone torches, lanterns and laser pens to light up the hillsides to use the lantern festival to highlight their anti-government protest.

Some of them also hung banners calling for universal suffrage.

Friday evening marks the start of the mid-autumn festival, one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar. It’s traditionally a time for thanksgiving, spending time with family and praying for good fortune.

The landmark has been a popular site for banners since the 2014 Occupy movement.

Protesters also formed a human chain on the Peak, while several dozen gathered outside the government headquarters in Admiralty, burning offerings, laying white flowers and candles, and lighting lanterns emblazoned with protest slogans..

Meanwhile, hundreds of people also gathered outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre shouting slogans in support of protesters who have been remanded in custody there.

They said they wanted to let the arrested protesters know that they haven’t been forgotten. Barricades have been set up outside the centre.
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Last updated: 2019-09-13 HKT 22:52