"(This) amounts to a demonstration of popular power in Hong Kong, a demonstration in particular of the youth power," said the opposition legislator Claudia Mo told the tens of thousands who had gathered in front of the building of the Legislative Council.
"At the end of the Umbrella Movement, we did not say we'll be back and now we're back!"
With authorities forced to cancel the legislature on Wednesday and thousands still on the streets, Mo and other opposition legislators have called on the government to defer the bill instead of risking escalation into violence.
Even some proponents of the changes in the law have criticized the speed with which chief executive Carrie Lam tries to circumvent the normal procedure.
After a tense but peaceful Tuesday night, when thousands of demonstrators gathered around the building before the Legislative Council meeting, it was unclear what If there was anything protesters could do, to overcome the impasse, in the midst of a huge police presence.
The police, however, concentrated to block the entrances to the Legislative Council complex itself, or had either not had the resources or expected to prevent tens of thousands of demonstrators from flocking to the streets.
They did so in large numbers after a mass text message had been sent to a core group of protesters at 8 am, leading others to the main highways that passed the Legislative Council building with makeshift barriers and coordinated calls, megaphones, and telephones Walkie Talkies.
In less than 10 minutes two major roads – Harcourt and Lung Wo – were closed to traffic. Attempts by the police to push them back were unsuccessful, and they quickly withdrew, with the exception of those who had been assigned to guard the entrance to the legislature. The demonstrators erected large barricades with the fences to keep them away, reinforcing them with cable ties and unrolled umbrellas.
Tense, angry scenes in which the police used pepper spray several times dissolved into a relaxed atmosphere as it was announced that lawmakers would not discuss the bill on Wednesday, and the demonstrators reveled in a victory few people considered possible held.
"One million of us have decided to fight the government because the government wanted to pass a bad law, but after this protest, the government still decided to enforce the evil law and ignore the voice of one million citizens . " said 18-year-old demonstrator Sunny Chan.
"I find that unacceptable and we are very angry and angry, so we decide to come out today and stand at the top and protest and try to protect our freedom." 19659019 Protesters occupy the streets around the Legislative Council complex in central Hong Kong. "src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190611234042-0612-hk-protests-07-small-169.jpg "src-xsmall =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext /dam/assets/190611234042-0612-hk-protests-07-medium-plus-169.jpg "src-small =" http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190611234042-0612-hk- protests-07-large-169.jpg "src-medium =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190611234042-0612-hk-protests-07-exlarge-169.jpg "src-large =" //cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190611234042-0612-hk-protests-07-super-169.jpg "src-full16x9 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190611234042 -0612-hk-protests-07-full-169.jpg "src-mini1x1 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190611234042-0612-hk-protests-07-small-11.jpg " data-demand-load = "not-loaded" data-eq-pts = "mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" />