"The price I paid is just a small piece of cake," he told reporters.
Hong Kong's political crisis, the worst since Great Britain returned the colony to China in 1997. was triggered by widespread anger over a bill that allowed the extradition of suspected offenders to mainland China for trial. The measure, which could be attacked by critics activists, was suspended, but not withdrawn, as the demonstrators had demanded violence .]
Vincent Ho, 40, arrived on Saturday with his wife and her 10-year-old son on the Wan Chai playground. He said he had wondered if it was safe to bring his son, but they wanted to leave before anything dangerous happened.
"Our freedom is taken away," he said. "Our system is being destroyed, and without that, it is no longer Hong Kong."
The planned route for the now-canceled Saturday March has led Hong Kong's Central Business District to the Chinese Government's Liaison Office to draw public attention to the five-year anniversary of Beijing's decision to limit the election.
On Saturday afternoon, the sidewalks outside the Liaison Office were blocked by water-filled plastic barriers that were more than a meter high. The city's subway operator, the MTR Corporation, also closed a nearby train station until further notice – "as a cautious measure" over "public activity likely to take place".