- In Hong Kong, those protesting against an extradition bill with China parted like the Red Sea to allow for an ambulance to pass.
- The internet reacted to the video saying that it showed “humanity at its best.”
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Amid the massive protests in Hong Kong on Sunday the crowd parted seamlessly to allow an ambulance to pass.
Mass demonstrations began last week and continued on Sunday as residents express their disapproval of a controversial bill which would allow China to extradite Hong Kong citizens to the mainland for trial.
BBC News reported that nearly two million people have taken part in the protests, according to organizers.
Political scientist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer posted a video showing the parting crowd on Twitter.
Huge HK crowd parts for an ambulance. Pretty amazing to watch. pic.twitter.com/o18omV9eOZ
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 17, 2019
The internet reacted to the video saying that it restored faith in humanity, as protesters allowed emergency services to do their jobs.
Being emotional doesn't mean becoming savage. Humans can be pissed off and still care about a stranger getting help in time. But acknowledging that there's humanity and reason alongside the anger doesn't help the government demonize the protesters as a public danger.
— Crab Wells (@CrabOfDoom) June 17, 2019
In the midst of chaos there is humanity at its best ????
— roc king (@rocking1715) June 17, 2019
Some compared the crowd parting to the biblical description of the parting of the Red Sea.
if Moses was an ambulance driver
— Ted Dunne (@teddunne) June 17, 2019
Chief Executive Carrie Lam issued a mea culpa last Sunday after indefinitely tabling the extradition bill, admitting “deficiencies in the Government’s work had led to substantial controversies and disputes in society,” according to a statement issued by a government spokesperson.
“The Chief Executive apologized to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public,” the statement read.
Demonstrations still took place throughout the weekend, with protesters wearing black clothes and calling for political leaders to step down in spite of the issued apology.
Last Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement supporting the protesters.
“The hearts of all freedom-loving people were moved by the courage of the one million men and women of Hong Kong who took to the streets on Sunday to peacefully demand their rights, defend their sovereignty and denounce this horrific extradition bill,” the statement read.