Hong Kong, China:
Twitter has launched an emoji to highlight the “#MilkTeaAlliance” on-line protest motion that has solid hyperlinks between pro-democracy activists throughout Asia, the social media big stated Thursday.
The alliance — named for the shared love of sugary tea drinks throughout Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan — emerged final 12 months in an expression of cross-border solidarity and shared worry 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 starting their very own avenue 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 stated on Wednesday.
The picture seems in any tweet that includes the hashtag in English, Thai, Korean, and a number of other different Asian languages.
“All the time in solidarity, regardless of how laborious 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 stated, with utilization once more spiking after the Myanmar coup.
The navy regime there has imposed in a single day web shutdowns and blanket cellular knowledge restrictions to try to carry 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 personal networks and international SIM playing cards.
“We strongly imagine that gaining access to the free and #OpenInternet is a vital proper and stay a staunch defender and advocate of free expression and condemn #InternetShutdowns,” Twitter stated in its announcement of the brand new emoji.
Thursday’s transfer follows comparable 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 help of racial justice.
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