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**Wherever you are on the planet, become part of the Hong Kong movement for freedom and democracy**
** Students across the world, Hong Kong students, and HongKongers come together to build HK’s Global Lady Liberty**
**We take it for granted – they have to fight for it**
Since June 2019, Hong Kong has become the epicentre in the struggle for democracy. It all started with a protest against the proposed extradition bill to China, which threatened the autonomy of Hong Kong. Ever since then, these protests developed into a greater cause in fighting for the values of freedom, human rights and democracy. Despite desperate attempts by the Hong Kong and Chinese government to suppress the protests (e.g. arresting more than 2400 protesters, 1/3 of them underage), the citizens, and especially the students continuously take to the streets for their beliefs. If you want to gain a more in-depth picture of the political situation, check out this article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49317695.
In order to create a democratic symbol for the protesters to unite behind, a group of art and design enthusiasts founded the “Lady Liberty Project” in August this year. Through crowdfunding donations were raised from HongKongers, and the “Lady Liberty of Hong Kong” was built within a week. It was unveiled at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and, subsequently, taken to the protests, where the crowds erupted in cheers seeing the statue. Finally, it was installed on the iconic Lions Rock to guard over the city.
**We take it for granted – they have to fight for it. Let us show our fellow students our support in their struggle for human rights and democracy**
We want an international show of solidarity for the students and people of Hong Kong. Therefore, the aim is to create a Lady Liberty 2.0, this time crowdfunded by students all around the world. Subsequently, it will be built here in Hong Kong by a collective effort of local students, exchange students, and the organizers of the first Lady Liberty Project. The statue will be exhibited at a University of Hong Kong as well as be taken to the demonstrations, showing the protesters: You are not alone, we stand with you! Furthermore, by contributing to the construction of the statue, by having an object of your creation in the protests, you will be right there shoulder to shoulder with the protesters even if you are on the other side of the world. So wherever you live on the planet, if you want to show solidarity with your fellow Hong Kong students and all the Hong Kong protesters, help us to make “HK’s Global Lady Liberty” happen.
How YOU can contribute
- Donations: Help us to raise the funds by donating to the campaign. Important: Let us know from which country the support comes from in the description! (50 HKD ≈ 5.5 Euros) Any Donation counts!
- Share the Campaign: Share the crowdfunding campaign with your fellow students. Especially posts in the groups, or social media platforms with your fellow university students are crucial!
- Follow us on Facebook (https://tinyurl.com/HKGlobalLadyLiberty) and Instagram (https://tinyurl.com/HKGlobalLL) Here we will update you on our progress!
- Raise awareness: Share the project with all your friends/relatives/politicians etc.
What's the plan?
The team behind the original Lady Liberty Hong Kong will collaborate with a team of local / international university students to create an evolved, and more modest version of Lady Liberty HK that reflects the international perspective and prospects that the project can potentially yield. With the need of mobility in mind, the completed statue will be exhibited at a University Campus of HK but will also be present at democratic rallies with the help of students and fellow passionate citizens.
This project also aims to serve as a "template project" that encourages other international communities to build their own version of Lady Liberty HK, not only for the cause of HK, but for every group that faces political oppression. The design and production detail will be completely opensourced and can be easily modified and reproduced.
Making-of original "Lady Liberty Hong Kong": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hipliQ_LRd8&t=1s
"HK's Global Lady Liberty" will resemble the design of the original "Lady Liberty of Hong Kong", but will have different features signifying the international support behind it. It will be life-size statue (2m) and stand on a globe, representing its international base of supporters. The painting on the statue's flag will show the Hong Kong Flag surround by all the flags of our donors. So make sure your country is on it by donating, and stating your country of origin in the description.
- 3D printer rental: 9,000 HKD
- PLA material cost : 4,000 HKD
- Metal frame: 6,000 HKD
- Transportation: 1,000 HKD
Thank you for supporting Hong Kong's struggle for freedom!
The "HK's Global Lady Liberty" Team