Hong Kong protesters wave international flags, including S'pore's, while marching on China's 70th anniversary

They were hoping to gain international support.

Julia Yeo | October 01, 2019, 05:39 PM

Oct. 1, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Protesters in Hong Kong marched through the streets on Oct. 1, with one group carrying the flags of several different countries.

Among the flags spotted was that of Singapore.

S'pore flag spotted among many others

The group carrying the flags of several countries included a Singapore flag, behind someone waving a United Nations flag.

Flags from other countries that could be seen included Portugal, the United States, Switzerland, Japan and the Philippines.

Protesters were also spotted carrying banners that wrote "celebrate your mother" and other anti-China sentiments.

According to the Washington Post, there were protesters holding Chinese flags with its stars rearranged into swastikas, with some adding black crosses to the flags.

Protesters garnering international support

Bloomberg reported that protesters in Hong Kong were carrying international flags to garner international support.

Protesters were chanting "fight for Hong Kong, fight for freedom" in the city centre, according to the report.

A protester who gave his name as Lee, who was holding a Brazilian flag, said that they were "hoping for international support", and that it was giving them "more energy". He added:

"We hope the five demands will be met as soon as possible. We have to keep fighting if they can’t be met in the short term."

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