8.31禁遊行大追捕 「自由行」逼爆港島 Streets of Hong Kong Flooded as March Banned & Mass Arrests
8.31人大政改「落閘」5周年，民陣集會遊行被禁。前夕多名社運搞手被襲，警方進行「大追捕」。數十萬港人無懼非法集會威脅及間中豪雨，逼爆港島街道。… Continue reading
August 31 is the 5th anniversary of setting restrictive framework of political reforms by the National People’s Congress in 2014. The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) has decided to cancel an anti-extradition law march set for Saturday after their bid to overturn a police ban failed.
Jimmy Sham, convenor of the CHRF, said that they would cancel the rally and march, from Chater Garden to the China Liaison Office, and apply for a march on other days, emphasizing that illegal marches would not be held. He protested against the police’s severe deprivation of citizens’ rights to peaceful demonstration and assembly.
On the eve of 31 August, activists were attacked and the Police conducted a mass arrest on the anti-extradition movement. Following the arrest of National Party Convenor Chan Ho-tin, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow of Demosisto, Sha Tin District Councillor Hui Yuet-yu and the former Hong Kong University Student Association Chairman Suen Hiu-lan, three pan-Democrat Legislators Cheng Chung Tai and Au Nok-hin, Tam Man-ho were also arrested. Au Nok-hin criticized that “Hong Kong has entered the era of full-authoritarian police state” with police brutality and indiscriminate arrests.
Tens of thousands Hong Kong people took to the streets of Hong Kong Island, undaunted by the threat of illegal assembly and occasional pouring rain. The streets from Causeway Bay to Western District, were flooded with people in black, demanding the Carrie Lam government to respond to the 5 major demands of the protesters.