Sticky notes might only appear in offices or on documents at the beginning. As a Hong Konger, sticky notes symbolize beliefs that stick to my mind and keep reminding me of what has happened in Hong Kong since 2014. “Lennon Walls” are places where citizens not only post their sticky notes to exercise the right to free speech, but also show their creativity to encourage passersby to learn politics and be aware of the situation around them. We are utilizing limited spaces to enjoy our residual freedom of speech.
The original Lennon Wall is located in central Prague. It has spread throughout Hong Kong since the 2014 Umbrella Movement and then to other parts of the world. In 2019, Lennon Walls appear everywhere in Hong Kong and allow many of us to enjoy the freedom of speech. However, some people get annoyed by the Lennon Walls. There are instances that arguments or even street fights take place when anti-protesters see protesters posting sticky notes on Lennon Walls. Moreover, Hong Kong’s authorities keep removing these walls amid objections from the protesters. It seems that the right to free speech is being eroded.
Nevertheless, Lennon Walls have sprung up as a result of Hong Kong protesters’ solidarity. The pursuit of freedom and democracy will go on notwithstanding blows from anti-protesters and the government. These beliefs are widely spreading and we are getting more people all over the world to support our cause. Time will tell, even though the government can keep our mouth shut for now.
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