On 17 June, Legislators Eddie Chu, Au Nok-hin, Gary Fan, ex-lawmaker Long Hair and thousands of protesters marched from the Legislative Council protest area to the Chief Executive’s (CE) Office. They chanted, “Dialogue with Chief Executive”, “Withdraw Evil Law”, “Children are not Thugs”, “Withdrawal Riot Classification” and so on.
Outside the CE Office, nearly 100 uniformed police were stationed, and multiple layers of barracade. The crowds in the Tamar Park swelled, overflowing onto Lung Wo Road. Both east and west traffic lanes were completely occupied by the protesters with no police intervention.
Many standing in front of the CE Office are secondary school students in school uniforms boycotting classes. There were heavy downpours but the crowds did not retreat. Youths and students raised their umbrellas and continue to call for “Withdrawal”, “Step down” and “Add oil”.
CE Carrie Lam hid in her office and did not come out to have dialogues. Eddie Chu suggested the deadline for Lam’s response is Wednesday giving time to prepare for the next mass action.
Earlier, numerous uniformed police and negotiator went to Harcourt Road asking the occupying protestors to leave voluntarily. The demonstrators refused, as they had voluntarily released Lung Wo Road, thus not affect traffic. The police left without success. Later pan-Democrat legislators successfully appealed to the protesters to leave Harcourt Road for Tim Mei Road area.