“Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” becomes anthem of Hong Kong protests
Many Christians have joined the anti-extradition bill demonstrations. The song has become a sign of the peaceful protests.
HONG KONG · 17 JUNE 2019 · 16:45 CET
Prayers and the Christian song “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” have become a common element of the massive demonstrations in the centre of Hong Kong in the last days.
As many as two million people have taken the streets in several occasions in the last ten days, to oppose the passing of a law that would make extradition to China easier.
The great democratic wave of protests forced the parliament to stop the plans that were seen as a capitulation to the Chinese government. Hong Kong enjoys more freedom of speech and religious freedom rights than mainlaind China.
Thousands of Christians have joined the peaceful protests. Some of them started to sing the Christian song “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord”, a peaceful melody that has slowly become the unofficial anthem of the protests.
Videos on social media show how the song can be heared in the different locations where the protests take place, such as the Legislative Council and the place known as “Civic Square”.
Los manifestantes en el parlamento rompen a cantar "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord", un himno cristiano pero que se ha convertido en el himno no oficial de las protestas pic.twitter.com/iOvbzahMR8— Macarena Vidal (@Macchinetta) 17 de juny de 2019
Crowds outside the protest spot known as Civic Square sing "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord." They have been doing so since Tuesday evening. pic.twitter.com/asT0PeGqLd— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) 12 de juny de 2019
A group of Christians and youngsters have gathered on a footbridge outside #HK gov HQ, facing dozens of police behind barricades. Some of them singing "Sing hallelujah to the lord". Placards read "Stop shooting HK student. Stop treating HK citizens violently."#ExtraditionBill pic.twitter.com/2MWcrQIhbu— Shirley Zhao (@shirleyZhaoXY) 13 de juny de 2019
CHURCHES SUPPORT PROTESTS
Christians have been among the leading forces behind the protests in Hong Kong for more democracy. Several influential evangelical churches have publicly supported the protests. So have Catholic authorities.