字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 [MUSIC PLAYING] [CHANTING] JACOB SOBOROFF: Right now China's dealing with one of the largest political uprisings it's seen since the horrific events of Tiananmen Square in 1989. This footage was shot last week in the streets of Hong Kong. LIZZIE: You can see right there that the police started firing tear gas into the crowds of peaceful protesters. JACOB SOBOROFF: Dozens and dozens of people have been injured. But this is not 1989, and visibility of social media is a huge reason people are hoping this isn't going to turn into another Tiananmen. LIZZIE: Exactly. From hashtags to viral videos, student protesters in Hong Kong are using everything they've seen succeed since the Arab Spring. JACOB SOBOROFF: Protests began with a student boycott on September 22, after communist China reneged on their promise of free and fair elections in Hong Kong by 2017. LIZZIE: That didn't sit too well with the people of Hong Kong, especially the young people. [CHANTING] JACOB SOBOROFF: The demonstrators are now demanding the resignation of Hong Kong's top official, and they're being pretty resourceful about getting the word out. LIZZIE: This plea for help was released soon after the protests began, and it's already been viewed well over a million times. -As a Hong Konger standing here in Wan Chai, I ask all of you from all over the world, please help us. Maybe all of you are born from foreign and democracy states. You were born with democracy choices. You have free election right. But we don't. Please help us. JACOB SOBOROFF: And if it looks familiar, it's because it uses almost the exact same format as one of the biggest videos of the Ukrainian protests earlier this year that has almost eight million views. -I am the Ukrainian, the native of Kiev. I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets. We want our courts not to be corrupted. We want to be free. JACOB SOBOROFF: It was posted in February just after demonstrations in Kiev exploded as a result of new anti-protest laws. LIZZIE: Just like the drone footage that we saw earlier in the show from Hong Kong, protesters in Ukraine have used the same technique to really show the full scope of the situation. [MUSIC PLAYING] JACOB SOBOROFF: To ever get a point of view like this before, you would have to rent a helicopter, right? And nobody would ever be allowed to rent a helicopter in this type of a situation. Now you throw up a drone, and you can literally see hundreds of thousands of people just standing there. LIZZIE: Yeah, I know. It's incredible. But people aren't just using video. I mean, look at the Arab Spring. That's when we started to realize how crucial social tools like Twitter are to relay information. JACOB SOBOROFF: Also, in Venezuela back in February, people started to protest about massive inflation, food shortages, public safety, all by using the hashtag SOSVenezuela. [TEAR GAS AND RUBBER BULLETS FIRING] JACOB SOBOROFF: Ex-pat Haydee Izaguirre started it by launching the SOS Venezuela Facebook page as a way to keep connected with her homeland in spite of massive government censorship there. LIZZIE: Hashtags aren't the only way we've seen people unify their message. I mean, we all remember in Ferguson, people rallied against police brutality like this. -Hands up. Don't shoot! Hands up. Don't shoot! JACOB SOBOROFF: The chant "hands up, don't shoot" became synonymous with the killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was shot by a police officer back in August. LIZZIE: And some say the protesters in Hong Kong may have adopted the gesture after the police there began tear-gassing the peaceful demonstrators. [CHANTING] JACOB SOBOROFF: Just a week ago, China blocked Instagram on the mainland. And now they're heavily censoring Weibo, their version of Twitter. LIZZIE: With the government so intent on censoring their people, things like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are the only way we can actually get reliable information. JACOB SOBOROFF: We put together a playlist to catch you up on all these stories and to show you how to get involved. You can start it here or at the end of the show. LIZZIE: Also, don't forget, we'll be in the comments tomorrow night from 6PM to 7PM after the show, just to answer your questions and hang out. JACOB SOBOROFF: We'll see you guys there. But first, to play us out from Ferguson, Prince Ea. -Along with being smart, we all have to look inside and change our hearts. And that goes for white, black, ghetto, suburban, policemen, and civilian. No matter what costumes we put on or characters we like to play, we're all humans at the end of the day.