ucanews.com reporter, Hong KongUpdated: October 02, 2017 07:53 AM GMT
A street Mass was held in Hong Kong to commemorate the third anniversary of the Umbrella Movement. (Photo courtesy of Yellow Umbrella Christian Base Community)
Hong Kong Catholics attended a Mass commemorating the third anniversary of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement outside the government headquarters on Sept. 28.
The street Mass was concelebrated by Father Franco Mella and Father Stephen Chan with about 40 participants including convener of the Occupying Movement, Chan Kin-man and prominent pro-democracy figure, Martin Lee.
The Mass was organized by the Yellow Umbrella Christian Base Community, an ecumenical group.
The Mass followed a rally attended by hundreds of people commemorating the 79 days of disobedience led largely by students calling for political reform. At the peak of the 2014 protest more than 150,000 people took to the streets.
A larger pro-democracy rally was held on Oct.1 with thousands of people taking to the streets calling for the release of those sent to prison for being involved in the movement, such as Umbrella Movement leaders Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law.
In 2014, Hong Kong protesters used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas canisters fired by police causing the world's media to dub them as the Umbrella Movement. The term is now used interchangeably with Occupy Central, a civil disobedience protest for democracy and universal suffrage as the mainland ruling Communist Party continues to tighten its grip on the former British colony.