Sunday’s march in Hong Kong, now claims that “close to 2 million” protestors showed up.he Civil Human Rights Front, organizers of
This is a highly remarkable, if true, and a new record for Hong Kong. The figure represents about 27% of the city’s population of 7.4 million people.
— Samson Yuen (@SamsonYuen852) June 16, 2019
Protesters in Hong Kong have flooded the city’s main road to demand Carrie Lam withdraw the extradition bill and resign. pic.twitter.com/flTOJqNKnN
— Chloe Whiteaker (@ChloeWhiteaker) June 16, 2019
It’s hard to verify any crowd this size, but organizers are essentially saying close to twice the number of people showed up this time around than last Sunday which was said to have drawn 1.03 million protestors.
Hong Kong police estimated this Sunday’s turnout to be 338,000, up from last Sunday’s turnout of about 200,000. So, at least we know both sides agree that considerably more protestors showed up this time round.
We’ve collated a large number of pictures and images here, so check them out and make up your own mind.’
Representatives of Civil Human Rights Front address crowd (in Cantonese, Mandarin & English). Announce their crowd count of 2 million and 1 (for the deceased protester yesterday). pic.twitter.com/hTbsTlhsJN
— Antony Dapiran (@antd) June 16, 2019
— Eric Cheung (@EricCheungwc) June 16, 2019
A confluence of factors may have led to the higher turnout. While chief executive Carrie Lam may have announced a temporary suspension of the extradition bill, many remain skeptical that she is acting in good faith, and suspect that she will pass the bill after lulling Hong Kongers into a false sense of security.
Saturday’s death of a protestor, the first in the movement so far, may have also galvanized a segment of the turnout.
Protestors believe that the chief executive has blood on her hands, not least for the police brutality that saw demonstrators hit by tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. For this, Carrie Lam, must assume responsibility and resign, they say.
Fortunately, this Sunday’s demonstrations were remarkably restrained on both sides and no reports of police brutality were made.
Protestors were observed in multiple locations to have parted like the Red Sea for the safe passage of essential services.
Chaos, what chaos?
Watch how protestors in Hong Kong parted like the Red Sea for an ambulance. pic.twitter.com/kI7qPqWLqN
— Shanghaiist.com (@shanghaiist) June 16, 2019