How a photo leads me to a social movement?
Back in the Summer of 2019, I was still a junior student studying in High School. One day in June 2019, I heard about the news that the Hong Kong government is going to set up the Anti- Extradition Law Amendment Bill. People then go on a protest to stop this law, there will be protests every year, so I did not feel strongly about the news at first. However, there is one photo that motivated me to pay more attention to the protest, and decided to join the protest at last. The photo was taken on one of the protest nights, there are two million Hong Kong citizens stand out and join the protest on Hong Kong island. You can see a tone of people fill up the streets, and the scene was very spectacular.
When I saw that photo, I feel so touched by how Hong Kong citizens are unity. Although you may feel that the people are so cool, and do not communicate with each other in normal life. However, when there are somethings that will hurt our freedom, people are so unity and have a solitary spirit. You can see people in different age groups come out on that day, and it just makes me feel that as a part of Hong Kong citizen, I need to join the protest when I went back to Hong Kong that summer. When I start putting more attention to this movement and get deeper to understand what is happening, I understand that the power of media is really important. As the government definitely disagrees with the movement, they start to use some extreme actions to stop the protest, such as using tear gas to the protestor and caught a lot of students. However, as the heat up of the movement, the younger age group of the protestor also learn how to squelch the police violence back. When the protest going on, you can see that the shopper will give out free food, materials, or a place for people to take a rest, all those actions will just make you feel people are so grouped together and so touch about it.
As I said, this protest just reminded me how powerful can social media be. People exchange information on telegram, which is an app that the government is hard to check who you are, so it can protect the main group of people who organized those protests and donating or giving out materials. This is really important as if we are having a specific organizer and post all the information publicly, the one who causes this will be caught immediately. So, in another word, for this protest, everyone is the organizer and so we do not have a specific leader, which is a really special thing to have. Although I have this experience and learn these skills from the protest, I did not really use these skills in other places. However, this experience, teaches us how important our personal information is, so when we find out some apps will collect a lot of our information. A lot of people include me and my friends gave that app up and use app that has more privacy, such as signal. So I think this may be a way that we use our experience learn to form the protest in our normal life. However, I think this really reminded us a lot of how social media companies are using our information and how much personal information that they have. So it kind of an alert for us that while we are using social media, we should also pay attention to our privacy.