Over 230,000 marched from Salusbury Garden in Tsimshatsui to the West Kowloon High Speed Rail (HSR) terminal on Sunday, according to organisers of an anti-extradition law protest, in order to inform visitors from the mainland about their movement.
At about 3 pm, Salisbury Garden and nearby areas were filled with protesters in black. Banners list the demands: withdrawal of the laws, revoke the categorisation as “riot”, and dropping charges against the arrested.
Mr. Lau, one of the organisers, criticized the police for deploying a disproportionate number of police outside the HSR station. They believed that the police not only hindered people from using the HSR statio, but also made it difficult for the demonstrators to disperse when they reached the destination.
Apart from the D and K exits today, the rest of the entrance to the West Kowloon Station will be closed all day. The HSR train will stop selling same day ticket and barricades were set up 10 meters outside the HSR Station to check tickets. Mainland visitors without purchased tickets have to change to the MTR East Rail Line to return to the Mainland and think that the HSR over-reacted.
Dr Chung Kim Wah, director of the Social Policy Research Center of the Polytechnic University, who tried to travel to Guangzhou, criticized: “Police is simply creating inconvenience. The protest march starts only in the afternoon, but the police have already caused considerable inconvenience in the morning.”