Anti-government demonstrators protest during the 2020 countdown on New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong
Anti-government demonstrators protest during the 2020 countdown on New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong, China, January 1, 2020. Thousands of revelers welcomed in 2020 on neon-lit promenades along the picturesque Victoria Harbour, breaking into pro-democracy chants as the clocks struck midnight after more than half a year of often violent unrest. Authorities had canceled the popular new year fireworks for the first time in a decade, citing security concerns. A "Symphony of Lights" took place instead, involving projections on the city's tallest skyscrapers after the countdown to midnight.