Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong recently demanding democracy and grabbing global attention.
Many threads have run through the protests, including one that might seem surprising: faith. Many of the leaders are Christian, and some cite faith as an inspiration.
When Hong Kong’s Occupy Central group first announced last year it was planning pro-democracy demonstrations, it did so in a church in the city’s Kowloon section. The group’s full name is Occupy Central with Love and Peace, in the Christian spirit, and its top leaders include a minister and a law professor who is also Christian.
“There are many Christians and Catholics among the pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong, the older generation,” says Joseph Cheng, who teaches political science at City University of Hong Kong.