TIME readers rank HK protesters highly for impactLocal | 12 Dec 2019 1:45 pm
TIME magazine readers have voted for Hong Kong protesters for having the most impact on events of the year gone by.
More than 30 percent of visitors to the 2019 poll selected the Hong Kong protesters, who have staged mass demonstrations since June.
The US current affairs magazine said the tens of thousands of mostly young demonstators who have taken to the streets of Hong Kong over the past six months took first place in TIME’s 2019 Person of The Year reader poll.
More than 27 million votes were cast in this year’s survey, which offers the chance to vote on who they think had the most impact on the events of the last year. Last year, it was won by Korean pop stars BTS.
Activists also took second place in the poll, as more than 4.5 percent of readers selected the climate striker, protesters around the world who have marched to urge leaders to implement more environmentally sustainable policies.
Keanu Reeves, the American actor who developed such a passionate fanbase that a change.org petition was created to make him the 2019 Person of the Year, came in third place and was selected by nearly 4.5 percent of readers.