Tibetan women march with eye-patch in support of Hong Kong protestors

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Dharamsala Published: Sep 01, 2019, 01.42 PM(IST)

Members of women's association of Tibetans-in-exile, marching wearing bandages on one eye, carrying posters and banners. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Along with the eye bandage, the protesters were seen carrying banners, posters, and flags of Tibet and Hong Kong during their march in the streets of Dharamsala.

Women's Association of Tibetans-in-exile held a protest march wearing eye bandages in the hill town of Dharamsala on Saturday (August 31) in solidarity with those injured in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

In footage recently emerged of a protest in Kowloon amid clashes between police and protesters, a woman, believed to be a volunteer medic, was seen lying on the ground with blood streaming from her right eye.

This injury and the subsequent eye-bandage became the symbol of what protesters called the increasingly brutal tactics used by Chinese security forces.

Along with the eye bandage, the protesters were seen carrying banners, posters, and flags of Tibet and Hong Kong during their march in the streets of Dharamsala.

The Hong Kong unrest began in mid-June, fueled by anger over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people in the city to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

But the turmoil has evolved over 13 straight weeks into a widespread demand for greater democracy in a territory that many residents believe is increasingly being controlled by Beijing. China denies meddling in Hong Kong's affairs.

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