In February 2019, Hong Kong authorities published a bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to mainland China. All last year, mass protests took place in Hong Kong, during which time the city police arrested at least 8 thousand people.
— Jerome Taylor (@JeromeTaylor) April 2, 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine has been introduced in Hong Kong, as in virtually the entire world. Now, demonstrators hold their protests in video games, for example, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and wait for the end of quarantine.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on March 20 and has already broken sales records in the UK and many countries, selling millions of copies worldwide. In the game, the user can simply travel around a desert island, communicate with animals, build houses and hunt beetles.
Animal Crossing is Fast Becoming a New Way for Hong Kong Protesters to Fight for Democracy! The #Covid_19 pandemic has halted public demonstrations, so protesters are taking their cause to #AnimalCrossing.https://t.co/A599kjlYsV
(This is my island!) pic.twitter.com/vjBhzw1nUa
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) April 2, 2020
Protesters create banners in the game with the words “Free Hong Kong, revolution now” or print photos of Hong Kong’s head Carrie Lam and destroy them immediately.