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In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters find kinship with 'Selma'

In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters find kinship with 'Selma'

It may beggar the imagination that 1960s Alabama should evoke this concrete jungle of a Chinese city. Yet Hong Kong viewers of "Selma" are seeing echoes of the American civil rights struggle in their own fight for democracy. In the film, baton-brandishing cops advance menacingly in a shroud of tear gas. Demonstrators with beat-up bedrolls and knapsacks on their backs march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. An unarmed protester is brutalized in a dark corner by a gang of officers. For many here, those images recall Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations last fall, when law enforcement wielded some of the same weapons and tactics as in Selma. "I was very close to crying....

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