A year ago, 1.03 million HongKongers took to the streets to fight against the Extradition Bill, in an effort to safeguard the city’s freedom and rule of law. It was the biggest demonstration since 1997 and before June 16, which sparked off the whole anti-ELAB movement throughout the whole of 2019.
Knowing the risks of attending an “unauthorised assembly”, thousands of citizens responded to netizens calls and gathered at the Chater Garden after work on June 9, 2020 to fight on for the 5 demands of the movement. Singing “Glory to Hong Kong” and chanting protest slogans, the peaceful crowd rallied at the heart of the world’s renowned financial centre, flashing out Morse Code ‘SOS’ messages with the flashlights on their cellphones, in a bid for international attention.
Moments later, large groups of riot police charged into the crowd, imploring them to disperse, citing “social distancing and gathering restriction” as an excuse.
Outnumbering protesters, riot police continued their old intimidation tactics through their dispersing operation, deliberately employing acts to intimidate the citizens. They were suspected of deploying pepper spray at close range, targeting even press and first-aiders for no apparent reasons. They were resorting to tyrannical means in order to silence any possible opposing voices; something that we have witnessed throughout the entire year of protests.
Sadly, a peaceful rally soon turned aggressive and more than 50 protesters were arrested in the late evening, with first-aiders and reporters among them.
Source: Apple Daily, USP, Local Press, Cupid News, First Hand