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Thread - As we expect another huge turnout for the anti-extradition bill protest in #HK, police and protesters are already on standby mode in Causeway Bay.
Once again, East Point Road becomes the center of the protest, where pro-democracy political parties and organizations already set up their booths and start engaging protesters and passersby through loudspeakers.
Lots of anger are aimed at the Hong Kong police, who have already deployed large amount of personnel along East Point Road.
Here’s an image of @ManYuen_Ng, chairperson of 社民連線, who’s now temporarily detained following a Hong Kong court rejected his appeal on Friday. Before he left for jail, he still didn’t forget to call on Hong Kong people to come out and join today’s protest.
Members of civic party are busy making bouquets of white flowers as a tribute to the man who lost his life last night.
Another slogan inspired by the police’s response to journalists during Wednesday’s violent clashes.
Instead of directing all anger at Carrie Lam, many messages today are calling on the government to stop addressing Wednesday’s protest as a “riot” while accusing the “dirty cops” as rioters.
Still lots of family take part in today’s protest, proving that the anger has spread across a huge swath of Hong Kong society.
“If the bill is not withdrawn, we won’t stop protesting. We will expand the scale of strikes and boycott classes. We hope to comprehensively defeat Carrie Lam.”
Additionally, political parties and organizations are also raising funds for those who were injured or detained following Wednesday’s violent clash.
Here’s the view from Victoria Park, where the march will kick off at 2:30 pm. Somehow it feels much hotter today than last week, but people are still coming out.
Most early-arrivers are waiting in the shade, while people continue to flood into the compound from both sides of the park.
This is the size of the crowd now. White flowers, real or fake, and white ribbons are common symbols of today’s protest.
“We vow to be free Hong Kongers!”
A small group of people are handing out white ribbons and water. This kind of collective love for the community always warms my heart.
This group is from the Hong Kong Institute for Vocational Education and they told me that they are out here to support other Hong Kong people. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt or dehydrated. We are here to present a united Hong Kong.”
“Hong Kong police are all frenzied and have lost their mind. They are communist spies.”
“Students didn’t start a riot.” “Retract the charges and hold those who open fire accountable.”
Almost an hour til the start of the protest, this is the size of the crowd coming out of Causeway Bay MTR station.
This man proudly posed for me with his signs saying “it is god’s will for Carrie Lam to design” and “it is natural for Carrie Lam to design.” Before he headed off, He tapped on my shoulder and said “thank you.”
As always, a supply station has been set up outside Wan Chai station, offering bottled waters and antipyretic stickers.
This Taiwanese lady, who’s a Falun Gong practitioner and has lived in HK for 30 yrs, told me that: “Hong Kong is a very liberal place where rule of law is the social principle. How can the government expect us trust #China’s legal system, one that doesn’t uphold fairness.”
Two girls are handing out flowers made from white papers to passersby. Crowd also start to build up in Wan Chai.
Here’s a Christian group repeatedly singing” Sing Hallelujah” outside Wan Chai station.
Members of @demosisto, one of the groups involved in the Umbrella Movement, are posing with white flowers in hand.
For many who can’t make it to Victoria Park in time, they have gradually form a “human wall” along Hennessy Road in Wan Chai.
Reverend Chu yiu-Ming, a veteran of Hong Kong’s social movement, told me that Carrie Lam’s speech shows that she only cares about the central government and her supporters, and she has utterly failed to serve HK people.
With more people flooding onto Hennessy Road from Wan Chai station, Reverend Chu is asking people not to push. The side of the street is now completely occupied.
The moment when the head of the march reached Wan Chai, protesters on the side of the road excitingly cheered and chanted “anti-extradition to China” and “oppose police violence.”
Protesters have now occupied both sides of Hennessy Road, making it another incredible view of civic engagement.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors shouted “Carrie Lam, Resign! Carrie Lam, Resign.”
“Carrie Lam, resign! Carrie Lam, resign!”
A mom holding her daughter on one side and hold up a sign that says “don’t kill me” on the other side.
Hong Kongers of all ages and maybe social classes have all joined today’s rally, and the chants reflect the anger that they hold towards the HK police and HK government.
“Withdraw, withdraw, withdraw!”
When I asked these ladies what they were chanting about, they told me “Withdraw, because suspension is not enough.”
A choir started singing “Did you hear the people sing in the middle of the protest, earning loud and happy cheers from HKers.
While on the other side of the road, a group of young Hong Kong artists started singing a popular Cantonese song. Another full display of Hong Kong protesters’ creativity.
And now, the march is slowly approaching Admiralty and the government compound. So far, the parade remain peaceful.
On a side now, @pressfreedom has been sending journalists safety kits and making sure that we all are safe. Thanks for looking out for us!
Typo: note.
“Stop killing HK!” “We want withdrawal, not suspension!”
Hong Kong people lining up to pay tribute to the guy who fell off yesterday. White chrysanthemums are being prepared and laid in front of a makeshift altar.
Additionally, hundreds if not thousands of sticky notes have been put along the wall of Citicorp Tower.
Right outside the Legco, protesters are starting to assemble here while a line of police have been stationed outside the entrance of the building. Atmosphere remains peaceful.
Once again, the crowd is demanding Carrie Lam to step down. “Carrie Lam, Step Down!”
Hundreds of protesters continue to arrive at the compound outside Legislative council. When one protester started to throw a string of Cantonese curse phrases at the police, the crowd cheered and applauded.
It’s been r hours since the start of the march, but protesters continue to walk towards the legislative council and the size of the crowd is not diminishing.
Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers of all ages are still marching towards Admiralty, even as the protest soon entering its 5th hour. Amazing resilience and unity exemplified today.
Once again, I have to leave the scene early to go catch my flight out of HK tonight, but here’s one last video to show the amount of energy that’s on the street of HK today. You are young and energetic today, Hong Kong!
To try my best to do my part of the task, here are a few more images of people paying tribute to the guy who fell off Pacific Place last night. They tied white ribbons on the railings while laying flowers into a big pile.
Last few random shots from today’s march (I know it’s still happening.) Seeing such huge and diverse turnout really makes one believe that Hong Kongers are not ready to settle on this yet. The demand is loud and clear - withdraw the bill completely and Carrie Lam must step down.
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