Thousands Rally in Hong Kong Tourist District

Thousands Rally in Hong Kong Tourist District

Thousands Rally in Hong Kong Tourist District

Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge marches as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police, sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

Though the bill has since been suspended, demonstrators rammed their way into the city's Legislative Council building on Monday, daubing the walls with anti-Chinese graffiti and occupying the debating chamber until they were removed by police.

News of the mass rallies has been largely absent in mainland China's state-controlled media. "If we can spread the message of peaceful protest, then many mainlanders may learn from us and (stage) protests to fight for what they want". Police - whose turnout estimates are generally lower than protesters' - said 56,000 people had come out at the march's peak, according to Hong Kong broadcaster TVB.

In their first major protest since an unprecedented break-in at the government complex almost a week ago, Hong Kong demonstrators marched to a controversial railway terminus Sunday in a symbolic attempt to bring their grievances to Beijing's doorstep. Police began arresting protesters this week. Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam previously said there was no timeline for discussions around the bill to resume and indicated it's unlikely to pass this year.

"They are here for win-win co-operation, they are not here to spy (on) people". The enraged protesters covered the meeting chamber with graffiti, overturned cabinets and tore up Hong Kong's mini-constitution.

On Sunday, protesters marched through the streets of Kowloon towards West Kowloon train station.

Some visitors from China picking up the posters looked confused, and were asking why some streets were blocked off and heavily policed. So this is the beginning of some good engagement.

Some protesters have been charged with unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, assaulting a police officer, failing to carry identification and violating the Air Navigation Order.

During an unauthorised protest on 12 June, police used rubber bullets, beanbag shots and 150 canisters of tear gas against demonstrators.

"We just have to keep protesting", said Yo Lee, a 38-year-old youth services worker. "So as a middle-class man, I'm so angry and I'm so pleased that Hong Kongers finally voice out".

In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, China's ambassador to Britain said the extradition bill was needed to "plug loopholes" and that Beijing has "full confidence in the Hong Kong government".

Hong Hong's significant autonomy was guaranteed under the handover deal until 2047.

"The dialog must be open to all Hong Kong citizens to participate, and allow everybody the right to speak", the union said in a statement published on Facebook. "So I believe that every time there is an online call to action, we should continue to step out and voice our opinions, so that the worldwide community can continue to care about [the extradition bill]", Chan said in an interview with local Epoch Times reporters. "I don't know if they will agree with us, but I want them to know this is the fact, this is the difference".

Anti-China tensions peaked on July 1, the 22nd anniversary of the territory's retrocession to the mainland. This is beyond just the extradition amendment.

Matthew Cheung, the chief secretary for administration, said Friday that the government feels deeply sorry and saddened by the suicides and will do all it can to stop the trend. "Experts stress that most suicides have complex, multiple triggers and have warned that depicting the four as "martyrs" to the protestors" cause risks encouraging copycat acts. That's why we continue to find our way out, this protest is one way.

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