Hong Kong – Thousands of people are once again pouring onto the streets of Hong Kong, as anti-government protesters renew calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality, alongside other key pro-democracy demands.
Clad in their usual black and brandishing anti-extradition signs, the demonstrators on Sunday afternoon began gathering at Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island for a march towards Wan Chai.
Their destination is two metro stations away from the organisers’ preferred finish line, the Court of Final Appeal in Central. Police, however, rejected the protesters’ request citing security concerns.
“In this march, we specifically prioritise our demand of having an independent inquiry. Police abuse of power has not only continued, but escalated,” Bonnie Leung, vice-convener of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the organiser of Sunday’s march, told Al Jazeera. “Society really needs to move on, which only can be achieved by having an independent inquiry with a trustworthy judge. Only with a thorough report can all the clashes be investigated and reported.” rotesters gather at Victoria Park to participate in an anti-government march in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019. – Hong Kong is bracing for another huge anti-government march on July 21 afternoon with see Protests have rocked the Chinese territory since the proposal in early June of a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed suspected criminals to be extradited to mainland China. While Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier this month pronounced the bill “dead,” the embattled leader did not officially retract it.
The outcry over the bill has since transformed into larger concerns over increasing Chinese interference into the financial hub, which has been a semi-autonomous region since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.
In early July, protesters stormed and ransacked Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, as the crisis came to a head.