A million Hong Kong people took to and flooded the streets of Hong Kong Island. The Police opened six lanes in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay to the marchers only after 4.30 pm. Undaunted by 33 degree heat and occasional rain, they raised their umbrellas and marched on. The scene appeared like Umbrella Movement 2.0.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s hard sell of China Extradition laws has reinvigorated the long-dormant umbrella spirit, and the young people who had been absent from the streets re-emerged. Has Lam opened Pandora’s box?
On 9 June, 1.03 million people took to the streets, setting a record of Hong Kong people fighting for their rights. They urged Carrie Lam to respond to the public’s demands as soon as possible.
The Government responded at 11 pm that they agreed and respected the public’s views on a wide range of issues, but indicated that the draft will resume the Second Reading in the Legislative Council on June 12.
Jimmy Sham, coordinator of Civil Human Rights Front, said that if 1.03 million took to the streets, about one in every seven people spoke out. I believe that ‘if the public will take the streets today, they will take the streets in the future’. I hope that Carrie Lam will change her mind. He also hoped that the pro-establishment legislators of the Legislative Council would respond to public opinion and vote for the 1.03 million people, and vote against the amendment of the controversial Fugitive Ordinance.