Olivia Parker
Aug 21, 2019

How ads are used as weapons in Hong Kong protests

Adverts that promote the demands and opinions of various factions are an enduring feature of pro-democracy movements—and they largely favour print as their medium.

Clockwise from top left: a billboard in London advertising a rally; an ad in the New York Times; a message projected onto the British Houses of Parliament; an ad in Sweden's Dagens Industri [Photos: @standwithhk Facebook account]

Print advertising still has its uses, as has been clearly evidenced this summer.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China governed under a 'One Country, Two Systems' model, have been ongoing since March, when the Hong Kong government tried to push through a controversial extradition law that many in the city believe could leave them vulnerable to unregulated transfer to the mainland. The protests have scaled in size from June and...

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