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The Civil Human Rights Front has applied for a police permit for another mass rally on June 16th that will be followed by a citywide strike the following day as protesters continue to turn up the pressure on the Hong Kong government in the hope of getting withdrawn an extradition bill which would allow criminal suspects to be taken to mainland China for trial
Like last week, the route of the march will take protesters from Victoria Park to the Legislative Council building in Admiralty. Demonstrators have been asked to dress in black. The three objectives of the protest are listed as: 1) Getting the extradition bill withdrawn. 2) Condemning police for violence towards protesters. 3) Forcing Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down.
The Civil Human Rights Front estimated that 1.03 million people turned up for last Sunday’s march, a figure that would account for about one-seventh of Hong Kong’s population. Police put the number at a more modest 270,000.
As large as the march was, it has been largely overshadowed by the events of Wednesday when protesters and police clashed outside of the parliament building with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to drive off demonstrators. The protests caused the closure of the parliament building over the last two days and the postponement of the second reading of the controversial bill.
Despite the widespread public outrage, Lam has maintained that she will not withdraw the bill. Protesters, meanwhile, show no sign of giving him. Posts calling on people to join the planned June 16th march have flooded social media in Hong Kong. One of the posts argues that if fewer people turn up this time around, the government could use that as evidence of public support for the bill.