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