Hong Kong protesters flood city streets for largest rally in weeks

Hong Kong protesters flood city streets for largest rally in weeks

Tens of thousands of protesters defied a rainstorm and the threat of more clashes with police on Sunday in one of the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations yet in Hong Kong.

Organisers say at least 1.7 million participated.

While recent rallies have been marked by violent clashes with police, organizers said they hoped Sunday's assembly would be peaceful. Law enforcement officers kept a low profile, with no riot police seen from the procession's main routes.

He spoke out as more protests were planned on Sunday following a day of rival rallies which highlighted the political divide in the Chinese territory.

Demonstrators who were shining laser pointers at a government building were convinced to leave, prompting applause from others in the group. "If we get a negative response, we can not control the next (gathering)", Michael Leung, a 24-year-old protester, told the wire service.

"But we have to be here because we have no other choice", said a 24-year-old student named Jonathan who was at the rally in Victoria Park in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong island.

Rallies organised by the front often attract huge turnouts, partly because the group is affiliated with nearly all pan-democratic camps in Hong Kong and can therefore pull a crowd of peace-loving as well as more radical protesters.

"It's obvious from all the news coverage of the situation in Hong Kong that the Hong Kong police has really gone far beyond the line in terms of the brutality that it has used the excessive use of force on the people who are protesting".

"We have to continue until the government finally shows us the respect that we deserve", he said.

"For the United States to make a deal with China, Beijing needs to honor its commitments - beginning with the commitment China made in 1984 to respect the integrity of Hong Kong's laws through the Sino-British Joint Declaration", Pence said in an address at the Detroit Economic Club.

Police estimated the turnout during the designated time period and location to be 128,000.

The Civil Human Rights Front was behind two high-profile demonstrations in June that drew millions of Hongkongers to protest against a controversial extradition bill.

Hundreds of pro-Hong Kong and pro-China protesters took to the streets in both Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend.

In Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, scuffles broke out between Hong Kong protesters and pro-Beijing groups.

You did not mention any specific lawmaker, but numerous US senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the USA commitment to human rights and urged Hong Kong's government to end the standoff.

Supporter of the anti-extradition bill cleans the ticket machine as part of the Sham Shui Po Station Cleaning Campaign in Hong Kong, China on Monday. Marking the eleventh week of protests and unrest that began with a now-suspended extradition bill, anti-government demonstrators are continuing to resist what they see as an erosion of "one country, two systems", under which Hong Kong had enjoyed a degree of autonomy from the Chinese government. But some Hong Kongers have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of eroding their freedoms in recent years.

Demonstrators are also demanding democratic election, an investigation of police use of force, and the resignation of Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, whom protesters consider a tool of the Chinese government.

Fung said that instead of marching, the group will remain outside Old City Hall in "peaceful protest".

The association took out ads in Chinese-language newspapers in Vancouver in June after members expressed concern that only one side of the story was being told, he said. "In the rain, our spirit becomes stronger".



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