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Thread: Here’s the route for the march through areas most popular with mainland Chinese tourists in #Kowloon. Hong Kong protesters are trying to raise awareness about their causes in the mainland, where news of the movement have been strictly censored. #AntiELAB
Many wearing black heading out of Tsim Sha Tsui station.
A volunteer first aid worker has a whole first kit in his backpack and in a belt around his waist.
Protest leaders saying to crowd: “This is going to be a peaceful demonstration right?” Crowd responds yes!
Crowd is holding up yellow umbrellas and chanting “Hong Kong people - add oil!”
Most people aren’t wearing face masks to obscure their identities today. After a group stormed into and vandalized the legislature, many protesters are committed to rallying together and showing the world that the majority are peacefully resisting, asking for govt accountability.
Another protest will happen next weekend in Shatin. Protesters tell me they’re prepared to give up all their free time and protest every weekend for as long as it takes to protect the city’s freedoms. They want the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and full democracy.
This ice cream and drinks kiosk is doing swift business as the huge crowd waits to march.
Umbrellas out under the rain. Crowd chanting “開路” (open the road) so they can use both lanes to march.
Police, under fire for shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, watches the crowd. I don’t see any in riot gear.
These guys were chilling.
My dad brought me out to a Hong Kong protest against the Tiananmen massacre when I was about this age.
After a depressed mood in the last week since storming of Legco, mood in crowd is mostly hopeful. They say they want to stand united and to give support to those who feel distraught.
“Police shot the journalists.” “Police shot our kids.”
“I want universal suffrage” — This huge turnout in Kowloon could be another turning point. Organizers didn’t expect the crowd to be so large and now people seem re-energized to protest week after week. Many were not politicized until the extradition bill issue.
Onlookers watch on from the historic Hullet House. Unclear if many mainland Chinese tourists are watching the protest. What would they think?
“No violence. Only government accountability”. A man next to me says some protesters used force too and many don’t agree with it.
There aren’t many of them but some mainland Chinese tourists are looking at the huge protest in wonder. They just came to Hong Kong on holiday and hadn’t seen news about the protests because of media censorship. “It’s not legal for us to do anything like this!” #antiELAB
One Chinese tourist from Guangdong asked me what the protest was about. Hongkongers have several demands but I explained their opposition to the extradition bill because they don’t trust China’s legal system. At that, she just nodded. #AntiELAB
Hong Kong protesters have developed a whole system of hand signals. After they waved their hands to get people to back up they put up 👌signs to show that was enough.
In the underpass where the protesters are marching, people post messages of support and students are handing out leaflets in simplified Chinese to passing tourists from mainland China.
One street over on Canton road, its business as usual as police stand guard in front of the luxury shops.
“Hong Kong people - add oil!” “Carrie Lam - resign!”
Some people are simply giving the thumbs up, supporting each other. There are no clear leaders and the crowd leads their own chants. #antiELAB. It’s been over two hours and I haven’t seen any sign of the end of the protest line.
“Journalists add oil!”
Speaking of hardworking journalists:
Protesters’ deafening jeers at police: “可恥黑警!” “Just like corrupt police!” Now being shortened to boos and “Black police! Black police!”
Hong Kong students explain why they’re fighting against the extradition bill and don’t want Hong Kong to become just another Chinese city. #AntiELAB
Something something 爱国?What are protesters saying?
Now protesters are singing the mainland Chinese anthem and signalling and clapping for shoppers to join them. The march is in #Kowloon for outreach to mainland Chinese tourists.
Three hours with rain on and off and #Kowloon anti-extradition bill protest still going strong. End point is the West Kowloon high speed train station, an easy connection between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Obligatory photo of a Hong Kong protest recycling station.
Arriving at the West Kowloon highspeed train station, there’s a carnival-like atmosphere. Unclear how long protesters will stay. Thousands are still marching here.
Organizers have released a march estimate. Via @KongTsungGan #antiELAB #HongKong
That’s a wrap for me. Thanks for following along. Go to @HongKongFP for their tireless daily coverage from local bi-lingual reporters.
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