Hong Kong protesters march again, this time trying to get their message out to mainlanders

Organizers say more than 230,000 people have walked out the street by 7:00 pm of July 7.

Protesters in Hong Kong have turned out onto the streets for demonstrations again on Sunday afternoon, this time in Kowloon, in a bid to take their message to tourists from mainland China about a controversial extradition bill that has led to widespread anger.

Police on full alert at the West Kowloon Station before the demonstrations starts in the afternoon of July 7.

Demonstrators began assembling around 3:30 p.m, and set off to march through shopping areas popular with Chinese tourists, before ending up at the West Kowloon station, a new high-speed railway station that connects the city with mainland China.

Demonstrators starts marching at about 3:00 pm when over 10,000 people have gathered.

Organizers of Sunday’s march have said they want to explain their movement to people from the mainland, where news coverage of protests that have wracked Hong Kong for the past month has been heavily restricted.

More people join the procession from various directions.

The demonstration on Sunday afternoon — finishing at the railway station — will be the first protest in the Kowloon area, the peninsula across the city’s harbor. Previous events have been on Hong Kong island, the city’s government and business center.

People are marching peacefully as the police are watching near.

The development of the West Kowloon station has stirred controversy ahead of its opening last September because passengers go through Chinese immigration and customs inside it. Mainland law applies in the area, roughly a quarter of the station.

First groups of protesters gathered around the streets near the Kowloon Train Station.

While convenient for travellers, some opposition lawmakers argued the move violates the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution under which it retained its own legal system and civil liberties after reverting from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

People protest against police violence as they march on.

The high-speed rail network connects Hong Kong to 44 cities in the mainland and that will rise to 58 destinations this week.

More protesters have arrived at the West Kowloon Train Station.

Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation, which runs the city’s underground railway, said it would shut all entrances to the station, apart from a specific route for passengers, on Sunday.

Student organizers are spreading their messages to the street protesters.
Student organizers are teaching people simple Mandarin so that they can communicate with mainland tourists easily.

Edited by staff


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