The Les Miserables‘ hit song “Do You Hear The People Sing” reverberated through the halls of the Hong Kong International Airport last week as thousands of protesters sang in unison to protest.
A series of violent protests have been rocking this small island region for the past 2 months. The protests have already caused a number of casualties from both sides. The protesters have been contesting the Extradition Bill that Beijing handed down to this Special Administrative Region. Because of this, to mitigate the losses caused by violence, Carrie Lam, the city’s Chief Executive, moved to shelve the highly divisive bill. Unfortunately, violent protests continue throughout this city of 7 Million people to this day. As the demonstrations enter its 10th week, protesters now call for the establishment of democratic ideals and float the idea of the secession of Hong Kong from Mainland China’s jurisdiction. Because Hong Kong is currently operating as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China.
However, this is not the first time that Hong Kong citizens joined together as people to sing this song. They have sung this song in other locations and for other purposes as well.
The song “Do You Hear The People Sing?” talks about the struggle of the workers against an oppressive system and society. Because of this, it has become a crowd favorite, especially during protests and demonstrations.
The song “Do You Hear The People Sing?” is a song from the Broadway musical Les Miserables. Composers Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil wrote the song for the critically-acclaimed play by Cameron Mackintosh. The play has won countless awards and recognitions throughout its run.