Hong Kong, China:
Twitter has launched an emoji to highlight the “#MilkTeaAlliance” on-line protest motion that has cast hyperlinks between pro-democracy activists throughout Asia, the social media large mentioned Thursday.
The alliance — named for the shared love of sugary tea drinks throughout Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan — emerged final yr in an expression of cross-border solidarity and shared concern of authoritarian China.
The marketing campaign gained steam at a time when Hong Kong was rising from months of pro-democracy protests and concrete youth in Bangkok and different Thai cities have been start ing their very own road confrontations with authorities, demanding reform to the nation’s military-drafted structure and different rights.
It has since unfold to Myanmar — the place tea with condensed milk is a staple breakfast accompaniment — after a coup ousted the nation’s civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi in February, sparking a mass rebellion.
“To have fun the primary anniversary of the #MilkTeaAlliance, we designed an emoji that includes three several types of milk tea colors from areas the place the Alliance first shaped on-line,” Twitter mentioned on Wednesday.
The picture seems in any tweet that includes the hashtag in English, Thai, Korean, and a number of other different Asian languages.
“At all times in solidarity, regardless of how exhausting the instances,” veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy Joshua Wong tweeted in response to the information, utilizing the English and Chinese language variations of the hashtag.
The time period has been used on Twitter greater than 11 million instances since final April, the platform mentioned, with utilization once more spiking after the Myanmar coup.
The army regime there has imposed in a single day web shutdowns and blanket cellular information restrictions to try to convey weeks of unrest to heel.
It has additionally directed native telecom service suppliers to dam entry to social media websites, which protesters have skirted through the use of digital non-public networks and overseas SIM playing cards.
“We strongly consider that accessing the free and #OpenInternet is an important proper and stay a staunch defender and advocate of free expression and condemn #InternetShutdowns,” Twitter mentioned in its announcement of the brand new emoji.
Thursday’s transfer follows related recognition by Twitter in recent times of the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter social actions, after the respective world campaigns in opposition to sexual abuse and in assist of racial justice.
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