Hong Kong protesters have come up with a new nonviolent protest tactic — taking all their money out of ATMs and banks to send a message to the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
On August 16, Hong Kong protesters plan to withdraw as much money as possible from their banks or change their currency into US dollars, both to protect their own assets and to show the mainland that the semiautonomous island is more than just a cash cow.
Posts in LIHKG, Hong Kong’s version of Reddit, show photos of hard currency withdrawn from banks, as well as ATMs declaring they’re out of cash. While the official protest is set to take place on August 16, Hongkongers have begun to take out their cash in advance because they can withdraw only $20,000 per day.
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