(Tea Party 247) – While Beijing thought that Hong Kong’s pro-Western Democracy protesters would have been long eradicated by now, they’re stronger than ever, and marking a new year of fighting for freedom.
Protesters marched in downtown Hong Kong to ring in the new year on Wednesday, demanding that the government meet their demands.
The march had been abruptly called off by police at around 6 pm local time although CHRF had obtained police approval for the march between 3 pm and 10 pm.
Turnout was nonetheless high, the Epoch Times reports, with crowds of 1.03 million estimated by CHRF according to a statement they published on their Facebook page, where they also noted that the police’s far lower estimate of 60,000 lacked credibility.
CHRF stands for Civil Human Rights Front, which has been holding the large-scale demonstrations that have made it impossible for the world to ignore the size and pasion of their movement.
Before the march, a rally was held at Victoria Park, where there were several activist speakers among whom were activists Ventus Lau and Sunny Cheung.
Cheng made a call for furhter protests in the new year, shouting the powerful protest slogan, “Heaven Will Destroy the CCP [the Chinese Communist Party].” He called the CCP the enemy of the Hong Kong people.
The march was organized to underscore the protesters’ five demands that they have been loudly making known to their government and Beijing, according to Jimmy Sham, CHRF’s convener who spoke with the press ahead of the march.
At about 4pm, after the first marchers arrived at the final destination for the event, a skirmish broke out between police and protesters for an unknown reason.
The police then contacted CHRF demanding they shut down the event at 6 pm for what the group claims is an illegitimate reason.
“On the first day of year 2020, the Police dismissed the first licensed assembly of the year with absurd excuse. Hong Kong government have shown its unwillingness to listen to the voices of the mass, infringing the right of assembly of Hong Kong citizens,” CHRF stated.
Epoch Times notes that “At 8 p.m. local time, Hong Kong media Apple Daily reported that police arrested over 100 people who had not yet left the parade route near the Sogo shopping mall.”