Braving chilly and windy conditions, around 50 people held a lunch time demonstration in Central on Tuesday as Hong Kong closed out a year that has been rocked by protests.
The protesters gathered on a bridge connecting Exchange Square and Worldwide House, chanting anti-police and pro-democracy slogans, and calling on passers-by to attend a New Year's Day march from Victoria Park.
One of them, surnamed Luk, said he had travelled from Causeway Bay to Central to join the noon demonstration. He said the protesters have to hope for the best and keep going.
Luk, and many other protesters, said their New Year's resolution this time is to keep joining protests.
But a 12-year-old, who was among the protesters, said her New Year wish was for her 20-year-old cousin, who always attends protests, to stay safe.
"I want everyone to be safe," she said. "No matter which side you support, please be safe."
The determined girl, who gave her surname as Wan, had agreed to do an extra half an hour of studying to gain permission from her family to attend the demonstration.
She had also persuaded her younger sister and brother, grandmother and father to join the protesters.
But family divisions were apparent as Wan said her 10-year-old brother didn't want to come out because he was “lazy”.
She said he had no choice but to tag along as there was no one to take care of him at home as the rest of the family had decided to join her.
A tourist from London, who gave her name as Jo, said she wanted to show support to the Hong Kong protesters by joining the rally. She said she had joined rallies back home in London to call for democratic reforms in the SAR.
Noon protesters in Central vow to continue rallying
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