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Tin Shui Wai march goes ahead despite ban

2019-09-14 HKT 16:28
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  • Tin Shui Wai march goes ahead despite ban
  • Riot police in Tin shui road outside Chung fu light rail station. Photo: RTHK
    Riot police in Tin shui road outside Chung fu light rail station. Photo: RTHK
Several hundred anti-government protesters defied a police ban on Saturday and march along the streets of Tin Shui Wai, to press home demands of the anti-extraditiobn bill protesters.

That's despite heavy police presence in the area – with road blocks set up on roads leading to the district and riot police stationed in the Tin Shui Wai MTR station.

The black-clad and masked protesters set off from Tin Sau Road Park, chanting slogans and singing songs along the way. A group of protesters also held big American flags.

"We would like to come to Tin Shui Wai to show that, no matter in which district, the demands from Hong Kong people are the same," said one protester who refused to be named.

"No matter the police ban or not, Hong Kong people will not be afraid, we'll continue to fight for freedom and democracy until we get it."

He described the police's ban on the march as "an evil act".

However, riot police stopped the protesters at Tin Shui Road, warning that the group was taking part in an unauthorised assembly.

After a brief stand-off, soon after 4pm most of the protesters dispersed from the scene with many disappearing into a mall nearby while a few went up a foot bridge and continued chanting slogans.

The original march organiser had applied for family-oriented march to press the demands of the anti-extradition bill campaign – an independent probe into alleged police brutality, amnesty for all arrested protesters, and withdraw the classification of rioting on the protests.

Cheif Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the government will withdraw the contentious bill.

The organiser cancelled the march after an appeal board upheld the police's decision to ban the march.