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Protesters hit key government offices again

2019-06-24 HKT 18:50
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  • The protesters often paused and discussed their course of action. Photo: RTHK
    The protesters often paused and discussed their course of action. Photo: RTHK
  • The protesting youngsters say the public should blame the government as the officials still haven't responded to their demands for days. Photo: RTHK
    The protesting youngsters say the public should blame the government as the officials still haven't responded to their demands for days. Photo: RTHK
Protesters disrupted work at government offices located in Wan Chai by staging a series of unexpected protests catching many people by surprise, as the government remained muted and police continued to stay away.

The new protests were not announced earlier and by 11am looked it might not even materialise despite calls for one outside the government headquarters.

But soon after the announced time, protesters started arriving at Tamar and they soon headed to Revenue Tower. The offices located in the Wan Chai area were also severely affected on Friday, though the focus of that day's demonstration was the police headquarters.

Like on Friday, the protesters again blocked the main entrance of Revenue Tower to stop people from going in, but allowed employees to get back to work through a side entrance.

Most demonstrators were dressed in black, with many wearing masks, and some handed out flyers to the public to say they’re sorry for the inconvenience caused by their actions.

Some students said the public should blame the government as they still haven't listened to their four demands that were issued on Thursday.

But things did get heated more than once when some people who arrived there found that they couldn't go in. But some showed sympathy for the young protesters, saying they were fighting for everyone's cause.

The protest itself looked rudderless at times, with different groups engaging in different actions. At one point, some entered and pressed all the buttons on the lift. At times, they huddled together to discuss their way forward.

After blocking the way for a few hours, the group suddenly ended their action there and moved to Immigration Tower next door, spreading chaos there.

While some protesters went up the stairs chanting slogans, others joined lines before some application windows.

One mainland woman, who was trying to obtain a work visa, was unhappy about the disruption.

"I think it’s okay for them to express their views. But it’s unreasonable to hinder others’ lives. I’m quite anxious. I have waited so long and only just managed to take leave to deal with the issues," she said.

After a while, most of the protesters headed back to the Legco protest area while a small number of protesters stayed back and continued their actions before dispersing.

Back at the Legco protest area, the participants of this leaderless demonstration then declared that Monday's protests were over. As the crowd started dispersing, one protester urged over a megaphone: go home and recharge, indicating more such disruptions by the leaderless movement.

Top officials did not officially react to Monday's protests, but the administration issued a statement on Monday night.

It urged anti-extradition protesters to express their views peacefully and rationally, and not to affect people who need to use government services. It said it respected people's rights to demonstrate but was concerned that the protests have affected public services at the Immigration and Revenue Towers.

Last updated: 2019-06-24 HKT 20:58