1.4 - 1.8 million protesters take to the streets of Hong Kong in record turnout

Dave

I don't know if today's protest march will ultimately be successful at getting Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign and the proposed extradition legislation shelved rather than delayed, but if it follows a troubling pattern the next protest will be violent and will stand a better chance of accomplishing those goals.   One thing is for sure: HKers have fight in them against any and all odds.  This protest wasn't just attended by students, but by a broad spectrum of the population.   

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/16/world/asia/hong-kong-protests.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage


joanne

We just keep hoping you’re all safe, every time we see the headlines. 


nohero

I've been reading about the protests, and been simultaneously impressed and concerned.  Thank goodness they're in HK and not in the PRC proper, where such protests would get a little more extreme push-back.

Sorry if I missed it, but I really haven't seen a lot of support for the HK democracy demonstrators coming from those voices which had gushed over the "yellow vests" protesting Macron.


Dave

We're completely safe, being a good distance away from the govt complex and march route.

The Chief Executive just issued an apology in a press release, the main part (sounding rather impersonal and aloof) being:

"The chief executive clearly heard the views expressed in a peaceful and rational manner. She acknowledged this embodied the spirit of Hong Kong as a civilised, free, open and pluralistic society that values mutual respect, harmony and diversity. The government also respects and treasures these core values of Hong Kong. 
 "Having regard to the strong and different views in society, the government has suspended the legislative amendment exercise at the full Legislative Council with a view to restoring calmness in society as soon as possible and avoiding any injuries to any persons. The government reiterated there is no timetable for restarting the process. 
 "The chief executive admitted deficiencies in the government's work had led to substantial controversies and disputes in society, causing disappointment and grief among the people. The chief executive apologised to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public

It appears this is not entirely satisfactory with the crowd, though.  One commentator called it a suicide note written in third-person. 

The SCMP has live updates illustrate this well:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3014695/sea-black-hong-kong-will-march-against-suspended


Marie

I, too, have been following the HK news and wondering if you and your family were OK. 

Take care!


Morganna

Stay safe. I love that city and remember being sad when HK was to be "returned" to China.  I'm looking for any news that I can find. Keep us posted.


galileo

The average citizen in mainland China knows nothing about this giant protest. They are completely isolated. There is no press except the government press.This is so terrible.


Morganna

Being covered now on Fareed Zakaria CNN



galileo

CNN.com and NYTimes are good with the latest news. Remember it is now 1:35 a.m. in HK right now ,just the reverse of our time. I 


galileo

mtierney - Thanks for the aerial views. Somehow I missed them. What a gigantic number of people!


Dave

Hong Kong's legislative building is now entirely occupied.  Live streams:

https://www.twitch.tv/ronald_fung


BG9

The graffiti vandalism may be a big mistake. It can cause a turning point against the protest. Movements always have some who screw things up.


Dave

The police could have easily defended the building as they have many times before, so it was a trap to cast the splinter group of protesters (and so all of them) in a bad light.  At least the protesters marked many valuable items in LegCo as "fragile" and off-limits for destruction.


shoshannah

In comparison, we Americans are so complacent about the destruction of our democracy.  We need to be out on the streets too. Peacefully.  HK's turnout is about 20% of the population.  For us, the proportional turnout would be about 65 million.




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