HongKong protesters flood city streets for largest rally in weeks
[HONG KONG] A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday during torrential rain in a peaceful show to city leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. Read more at The Business Times.
[HONG KONG] A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday during torrential rain in a peaceful show to city leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
Sunday's action, billed as a return to the peaceful origins of the leaderless protest movement, drew more than 1.7 million people making it one of the largest rallies since the protests began about three months ago, according to organisers the Civil Human Rights Front.
It ended a weekend of protests that for the first time in weeks saw no major confrontations with police, as of early Monday morning.
Police said only that the approved rally in the park reached 128,000 people, not including those packed into the many surrounding streets.
Anger has been sharpened among protesters by the perceived heavy-handedness of the police who have used tear gas, baton charges and rubber bullets in incidents that have pinballed across social media.
Communist Party-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone towards the protesters, decrying the"terrorist-like" actions of a violent hardcore minority.
Late in the evening hundreds of masked protesters briefly gathered outside the government headquarters shouting"Reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times" before dispersing.
But Hong Kong's police are under intense pressure, stretched by flashmob protests.
Some say the violence has driven the pro-democracy movement in an uncomfortable direction.
Beyond suspending the extradition bill, Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have shown no desire to meet demands such as an inquiry into police violence, the complete withdrawal of the bill and an amnesty.Read more: The Business Times
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