Friday’s annual July 1 pro-democracy march attracted tens of thousands of people. According to the SCMP, the police estimated that that 19,300 attended, a wildly different figure than that given by the Civil Human Rights Front: 110,000 demonstrators.
The police condemned protesters’ “law-breaking behaviours” for conducting a demonstration at Government House without notifying the authorities first and for “refusing to cooperate” with officers, resulting in the police using pepper spray.
Three people were arrested outside the China liaison office in Sheung Wan for possession of offensive weapons.
Here’s a photographic recap of the protests, courtesy of local photographer Adrian Lo:
Different groups marched from Victoria Park to the Central Government Offices.
Paul Zimmerman, Southern District councillor.
Lee Cheuk-yan, New Territories West councillor and co-founder of the Labour Party.
Student activist leader and Demosisto party founder Agnes Chow.
A woman holds a sign condemning CY Leung.
Student activist leaders and Demosisto party founders Joshua Wong (L) and Oscar Lai (C).
Cantopop star Denise Ho.
Protesters demanding standardised 44-hour work weeks.
A child hands out a flyer to marchers.
Emily Lau, New Territories East councillor and chairperson of the Democratic Party.
Claudia Mo, Kowloon West councillor and founding member of the Civic Party.
Protesters demanding the return of British rule to Hong Kong at the British consulate.
A woman holding a sign calling CY Leung a “street rat” climbs the wall at Government House
Photos: Adrian Lo