Just outside a Hong Kong subway station, dozens are gathered around a projector screen, transfixed. They watch footage of riot police advancing towards protestors. After 16 weeks of protests, many in the audience know this type of scene well.
They are gathered — along with people at about a dozen street corners, parks and other public spaces across Hong Kong — for screenings of “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about Ukraine’s anti-government protests of 2013.
The three-month-long protest, centered on a square in the capital Kyiv, successfully toppled the country’s pro-Russia leadership.
Hong Kong residents are drawing parallels between the Euromaidan movement, as Ukraine’s uprising was called, and their own struggle for democracy. Both were sparked by a single controversy — in Hong Kong, from a now withdrawn extradition bill; in Ukraine, from the president’s refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union.
But each quickly snowballed to include much broader demands for greater political freedom.
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