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Strong, peaceful turnout to mark June 12 clashes

2019-12-12 HKT 21:44
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Tens of thousands of people gathered at Edinburgh Place in Central on Thursday night to mark the six-month anniversary of the first major clashes between protesters and police outside Legco.

While the rally was a peaceful affair, the demonstrators said they will continue their fight until their five demands are met, and will not distance themselves from more radical protesters - a rebuttal of the government's call for the public to condemn violence.

Organisers said 43,000 people had turned out, while police put the figure at 5,800.

One of those attending, a Mr Chu, who works in the financial industry, said he was in Admiralty on June the 12th. He says the show of force by demonstrators stopped the extradition bill from being passed. But he's unhappy that little progress has been made since.

On June 12 tens of thousands of people surrounded Legco and the adjacent government headquarters in protest over the government's planned extradition bill.

The demonstration later descended into chaos with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to drive away the protesters.

At one point demonstrators were kettled in CITIC Tower with police firing volley after volley of tear gas.

The Legco session was abandoned, and three days later the Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the suspension of the extradition bill.

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Last updated: 2019-12-DD HKT 23:39