The general strikes across Hong Kong today are believed to be the first of their kind since 1967, when a Chinese Communist Party-allied union instigated widespread labor protests.
At the time, Hong Kong was a colony of the United Kingdom and Mao Zedong was the leader of mainland China. As the protesters turned their focus from labor rights to the British colonial administration, work stoppages brought the territory to a standstill.
The strikes were followed by deadly terror attacks that left 51 people dead.
Antony Dapiran, a lawyer and Hong Kong historian, said today's strikes are likely the biggest strikes since those in 1967.
"I've never seen anything like it," he said.
"We've had rallies in Hong Kong before, we've had protests, but we've never had anything where multiple sites around the city have all simultaneously have been the focus of protests," said Dapiran, the author of "City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong."