Hundreds of thousands march through Hong Kong in largest protest for weeks

Clay Curtis
December 10, 2019

Years of huge, peaceful democracy marches have made little headway, leading to increased radicalisation among some Hong Kong protesters and a greater willingness to embrace violent tactics. She told CNA that although the idea of Taiwanese independence was frowned upon at the school she attended in Hong Kong, she has never regarded Taiwan as a Chinese territory.

He held a poster saying: "My 2020 wish is universal suffrage", a reference to demands for an open vote on the city leader, now the unpopular Beijing-backed Carrie Lam.

Organisers of the rally, the Civil Human Rights Front, said this is the government's last chance to meet their demands, which include an independent inquiry into the police's handling of the protests, an amnesty for those arrested, and free elections.

Kuo received her bachelor's in Theater Studies at Yale University and is now a member of the writers group "Interstate 73 with Page 73". Some who were prepared for combat were also persuaded to leave.

Kuo said the inspiration behind her works has always been "love" and that she hoped to highlight the human spirit in times of adversity.

Xi, who has cultivated an image as a hard-line leader, has demanded "unswerving efforts to stop and punish violent activities" in Hong Kong.

"Architecture of Rain" is based on actual events that happened to Kuo's family.

The protest march on Sunday in Hong Kong Island was one of the biggest since mass rallies against the now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China.

Polls show that about 70% of Hong Kong's 7.4 million people are in favor of the pro-autonomy movement, according to Professor Lee's research.

The comments came as protesters called for strikes across the city on Monday.

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The movement has lessened the gaps in political views between Hong Kong's moderate, pro-democracy, and localist supporters, but has heightened polarization between those groups and the pro-establishment camp, which favors closer ties with Beijing, he says.

China has repeatedly blamed foreign powers, including the United States, for stirring up the unrest. In a recently published interview, he said the Lam government "is unwilling to do anything until it is too late".

"We hope that this is just an overreaction to current events and that global business can constructively forge ahead", Joseph said.

Hong Kong protesters set fire outside court buildings, threw petrol bombs and spray-painted graffiti on government buildings, marring what was otherwise a "generally peaceful" march over the weekend, police said on Monday.

Many demonstrators acknowledge that a compromise with the government is unlikely, despite recent victories.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam continues her hardline stand of offering no concessions to the protesters, but her supporters appear to be deserting her.

Government officials have cast the demonstrations as primarily centered on economic issues, arguing that vast inequality in Hong Kong has exacerbated anger among the city's youth.

Authorities have justified their efforts to crack down on the movement by saying that protesters are endangering public safety.

Hours before the march was due to kick off, police displayed weapons, including a pistol and knives, they said had been found during overnight raids where eleven people were arrested.

Senior Superintendent Steve Li of Hong Kong Police said early in the day that officers had received information that the firearm and fireworks would have been used on Sunday to create chaos. "They have no other way to resist", said Mary Tse, a retiree.

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