Published on : Tuesday, July 9, 2019
On Sunday, protesters organized yet another march in Hong Kong. It was the first prime action since a small group of demonstrators broke into the legislature of the city previous Monday in a remarkable escalation of recent tensions.
It was recent in a series of objections that irritated Hong Kong since the leaders of the city tried their best to push through a contentious bill that would permit extradition to mainland China. The objections, which organizers assert have attracted two million people, have been passive majorly, apart from a few violent confrontations between police officers and demonstrators.
Organizers explained that around 230,000 turned out for the protest organized on Sunday. The police said the turnout was 56,000 at its peak.
Tensions came to an end last week when an offshoot group of young protesters entered into a legislative building and destroyed the premises, as hundreds of locals marched quietly on road in a concurrent protest elsewhere in the city.
The police and dozens of protesters on late Sunday night clashed in the Mong Kok District a couple of hours after the march ended, causing five arrests. The demonstrators occupied the major section of the road. However, the police declared it an illegal assembly and began warning protesters to leave. Officers with batons, shields and helmets then started dismantling the crowd. At least one man was seen being taken away by the police.
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