Through the narrow streets of Kowloon, lined with shopping malls and international hotels, the Marchers created a colorful sea of umbrellas. Some waved Catalan flags in solidarity with the protests for independence in this region of Spain. The police had warned in the early afternoon that the march was illegal and used tear gas to disperse protesters calling insults outside a police station.
However, unlike earlier demonstrations, the situation escalated rapidly with clashes that occurred long before sunset. On Sunday afternoons, demonstrators had started to crack bricks and throw Molotov cocktails at police stations while peaceful demonstrators were bringing material to the front.
Considering their increasing sophistication, demonstrators also built power tools to build Stronger barricades to detain the police drilled metal railings into the pavement itself.
Police used cannons with a blue stimulant shooting at protesters and fleeing people into back streets, some doubling over vomiting. As it drove past the Kowloon Mosque, the truck unleashed a cascade of blue water in its direction and struck several people who had stood before the place of worship to protect it.
Passersby were suffocated and had to vomit The mosque turned blue.
"It's ridiculous, the police just went crazy," said Jeremy Tam, a pro-democracy lawmaker whose pants and shoes were blue. "We came here to protect the mosque from demonstrators, but the police did. Why make such a scene, if only it was peaceful?
The months of the protests began in opposition to a law that would have allowed extradition to mainland China. The Hong Kong government said it was a response to a brutal murder of a young Hong Kong woman by her friend in Taiwan. Despite the missing extradition treaty, he has since voluntarily surrendered to the Taiwanese authorities.
The protests have now expanded into a complete rejection of Hong Kong leaders, many of whom believe they are only in Beijing's interest, and a demand for revived direct elections in the semi-autonomous area.
"We do not care if they approve the march or not, but our fight for justice in the face of tyranny continues," said 24-year-old Victor, who returned to his hometown from New Zealand to join the protest. "The movement is spreading all over the world, and I'm proud to take a stand with them."
The protest came days after Jimmy Sham, leader of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), was attacked by a group of men with hammers in the Mong Kok neighborhood. The organization had requested permission from the police to carry out the protest, but it was denied – an increasingly frequent response from authorities that allege the threat of violence and public order.
The beating left Sham lying on the street blood. It was the second time in recent months that Sham, who is fighting for a seat in the local elections next month, was targeted. Sham was released from hospital on Sunday and will continue to require medical treatment and physical therapy.
"The message was clear that someone or some backstage forces were trying to threaten protest organizers and democracy activists," said Eric Lai Vice Convocation of the CHRF. "We can not determine who is behind the attacks, but the goal is to have a deterrent effect on those who demand justice."
"Even if our rallies are banned, hundreds of thousands of people will still show up. People will be much more angry, "Lai added.
Established in September 2002, CHRF is an umbrella organization composed of numerous civil society organizations. While the protest movement has remained leadershipless and largely decentralized, the group has played an important role in organizing the biggest marches.
The group began protesting against the now-defunct law on extradition this spring and has steadily gained momentum throughout its work. In various neighborhoods, rumors spread that the Sham attack was perpetrated by people from South Asia, and there were fears that ethnic minorities could become victims of reprisals.
In response, the demonstrators called for more contact with non-Chinese Hong Kong citizens and encouraged them to remain vigilant when attempting to provoke violence against them.
Volunteers, minorities, demonstrators and other locals stood outside the gate to the Kowloon Mosque during the protest. Signs requesting that no ethnic minority or building members be attacked. While distributing some supplies, other songs and demonstrators made them clamorously.
Minorities also stood in front of Chungking Mansions, a tight-knit complex of shops and budget accommodation that had long served as a hub for the city's South Asian and African communities.
"There was a post saying that people were attacking ethnic minorities and CK Mansion and the mosque, and so we wanted to show protesters who were in this context, and we are one of them," said a student volunteer of South Asian descent refused to give his name when he handed out water to demonstrators before Chungking Mansions. "This is an important opportunity to emphasize the ethnic unity in Hong Kong and in this movement."
In an open letter to Hong Kong, Sham called on the city's residents to "protect" each other.
"I believe that everyone who joins this path to democracy is our brothers and sisters, regardless of nationality, language, color and race."
In the early afternoon, Tsim Sha Tsui's police station began As demonstrators called out chanting, the police arrest people and demand the dissolution of the troupe The use of force by the police has become a major issue for many in Hong Kong, believing that officials act with impunity to suppress the movement
Shortly after a protester had urinated outside the station's gates, the police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd there
Sunday protest, originally planned to show opposition to a recent law passed
Ban on the use of face masks
at public gatherings was multi-generational and continued for hours from a planned starting point in the district of Tsim Sha Tsui. April 27 and her boyfriend William (29) were standing near a park where the demonstrators gathered. The two said they had stopped marrying or having children due to concerns about the direction of Hong Kong and the possibility of raising children in a city where Beijing's grip is worsening.
"The situation for future generations is deteriorating very rapidly." We are really worried, "said April. "If we do not fight today, there will not be a future generation."
Angel Men Chan, a 50-year-old volunteer outside Chunking Mansions, said her parents left mainland China five decades ago to "get away" authoritarianism and oppression. "
" The same thing is happening here, "Chan said, wearing a blue I Heart Hong Kong T-shirt. "Hong Kong deserves better leadership. We are better people. We are not China; We are Hong Kong. "