Workers Paint Over Hong Kong Lennon Wall After Weekend Violence

Workers in Hong Kong used paint to cover anti-government posters and messages at a Lennon Wall outside a metro station on Monday, September 23, after a weekend of protests.

The city’s various Lennon Walls have become symbols of anti-Beijing protests. They are named after an original started in the then Czechoslovakia following the murder of John Lennon in 1980.

Protests turned violent on Saturday, September 21, after pro-Beijing activists pulled down some Lennon Walls, with police firing tear gas to disperse anti-government counterprotests.

The South China Morning Post reported on citywide attempts to clear or cover up the Lennon Walls over the weekend.

Since March, Hong Kong has experienced mass protests sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial. The protests have broadened, with hundreds of thousands participating in multiple rallies. Credit: Jennifer Wang via Storyful