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Tens of thousands march backing protesters

2020-01-01 HKT 15:58
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  • Movie characters also made an appearance with The Joker describing what he felt about Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK
    Movie characters also made an appearance with The Joker describing what he felt about Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK
Hundreds of thousands of people were marching through the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon, to show solidarity with protests that have been going on in Hong Kong.

The march named "Stand shoulder to shoulder" is aimed at putting pressure on the Carrie Lam administration to accept protesters' demands, which include an independent probe into police actions and universal suffrage.

As thousands gathered, filling up the Victoria Park lawn, the organisers started the march about 20 minutes ahead of the 3pm start.

As people marched out of Victoria Park, more people were waiting to get in. Organisers had earlier asked participants to join the march from the park, instead of along the route.

Youngsters, families with children and elderly people had turned up to join the march, so were some people in eye-catching outfits, one even dressed up as The Joker, the villain in the Batman movies.

The marchers raised chants that have been raised by protesters for months like "Five demands, not one less" and "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times".

One demonstrator, form six student Rachel, said her New Year's wish is for the protest movement's five demands to be met.

She said she doesn't agree with claims that protesters are destroying Hong Kong's peace. She blamed Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her government for the troubles, saying they had ignored people's demands for six months.

University student, Hin, is confident that the protests will go on, even if the turnout at demonstrations has been dropping. He thinks people have simply incorporated protests into their daily lives.