Hong Kong protesters march despite police warnings

Hong Kong protesters march despite police warnings

Thousands of protesters marched in a Hong Kong district today despite police warnings their presence would spark confrontations with local residents.

Demonstrators wearing black streamed through Yuen Long, the area where a mob brutally attacked people in a commuter rail station last Sunday.

Police refused to grant permission for today’s procession, citing a high security risk.

However, protesters still moved forward in a show of defiance against the unknown assailants who beat dozens of people while wearing white in opposition to the pro-democracy movement’s trademark black.

A protester steps on a poster depicting former Chinese premier Li Peng, who passed away recently, with the words “June 4th Butcher” (Vincent Yu/AP/PA)
A protester steps on a poster depicting former Chinese premier Li Peng, who passed away recently, with the words “June 4th Butcher” (Vincent Yu/AP/PA)

The streets of Yuen Long became a sea of umbrellas as the march kicked off in the afternoon.

A symbol going back to the Occupy Central protests that shook Hong Kong in 2014, umbrellas have become tools to help protesters conceal their identities from police cameras as well as shields against tear gas and pepper spray.

A few hours before the march began, a man was arrested in Yuen Long for hurting another with a knife, Hong Kong police said. The man is suspected of common assault.

Massive demonstrations began in Hong Kong last month against an extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to face trial in mainland China, where critics say their rights would be compromised.

The bill was eventually suspended but protesters’ demands have grown to include direct elections, the dissolution of the current legislature and an investigation into alleged police brutality in the Chinese territory.

- Press Association

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