HONG KONG THRONG: PROTESTERS WANT LEADER LAM TO QUIT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

HONG KONG THRONG: PROTESTERS WANT LEADER LAM TO QUIT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Hong Kong - Hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched on Sunday in opposition to the government and a controversial bill, despite the city's leader, Carrie Lam, shelving the proposal indefinitely a day earlier.

Crowds filled Hong Kong's Victoria Park early on Sunday afternoon, filing into orderly zones to wait for their turn to embark on an almost four-kilometre route to Admiralty, a downtown business district.

Protesters were largely frustrated with the way the government and Lam, the chief executive, had handled the bill.

Lam has promised to widely consult the public about the bill before making any attempt to resurrect it

Protest organisers say they have five demands: To have the bill dropped entirely; to release protesters arrested on Wednesday during and following clashes with police; to withdraw the characterisation of Wednesday's protesters as "rioters"; for the police who used violence to be held accountable and for Lam to step down.

Vehicles honked their horns in support as the first groups, largely black-shirted and peaceful, completed the march at the city's Central Government Offices (CGO) complex.

Tens of thousands had waited patiently for hours under blue skies and a baking hot sun as the crowds shuffled slowly out of the staging venue. The city's subway system was mobbed with crowds still looking to get to the start, hours after the first marchers had departed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The citizens of Hong Kong, understand their history, as well as the history of mainland China.

Were I the organisers of such a protest, I might want to be very careful, about how protesters approach these "demands".

Lam is obviously an agent of Beijing here, and I would politely suggest to the protesters, that the Chinese government will put these demonstrations down in a heartbeat, if the tempo of these protests...accelerates too quickly.

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