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Ac$vism Case StudyCHV2OBehind Hong Kong’s Protesters, an Army of Volunteer Pastors, Doctors and Ar<stsBy Andrew Jacobs- Nov. 11, 2019(Volunteers with the group Protect theChildren at a protest in Hong Kong lastmonth. Credit...Lam Yik Fei for The NewYork Times)HONG KONG — The pastor pulled on his respirator andran directly into the fog of tear gas in central Hong Kong. He was trailed by a homemaker, a re$red accountantand a middle-school teacher. Undaunted by the pandemonium of gasping protesters, they pointed people tosafety and poured saline into the eyes of those overcome by the fumes.With their yellow vests and portable loudspeakers, Pastor Ka-Kit Ao and his volunteers are an unmistakablepresence at the an$government protests that have upended this semiautonomous Chinese territory. Theyform human cordons between protesters and advancing police. They beg baton-swinging officers to go easy.And they solicit the names of those being hustled away in handcuffs so pro bono lawyers can follow up withassistance.“I some$mes wonder whether we are doing anything of value, but we can’t just sit at home,” Pastor Ao, 34,said one recent a\ernoon before heading into the maelstrom with members of his group, Protect the Children.Now entering their sixth month, Hong Kong’s protests have been notable for their longevity, and for the hugethrongs willing to defy the authori$es with their demands for democracy and police accountability. Thousandsof protesters, including office workers, descended Tuesday on Central, the main business and shopping district,forcing businesses to close and paralyzing traffic and the city’s fabled tram service.Behind the scenes, this largely leaderless movement has been sustained by a vast network of ordinary peoplewho hand out bo‘led water and red bean soup at marches, drive home stranded protesters late at night anddonate the gas masks that for$fy demonstrators during their pitched ba‘les with police. Hong Kongprofessionals have been especially vital.Graphic ar$sts create the eye-catching protest posters across the city.Psychologists provide free counseling to the emo$onally distressed. And emergency room doctors, working inclandes$ne clinics, set sha‘ered bones.
(Volunteers treated an injured woman at ashopping mall in July. Protesters there hadclashed with the police. Credit...Lam YikFei for The New York Times)One measure of community spiritcan be heard many nights at 10p.m., when residents in denselypacked neighborhoods open theirwindows and shout protest slogansto the heavens. Another isexpressed through thecrowdfunding campaigns that haveraised millions of dollars formedical treatment, legal defensefunds and other expenses.

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