Thousands march in Hong Kong, pledge to ‘keep fighting’

first_img“It’s hard to utter ‘Happy New Year’because Hong Kong people are not happy,” said a man named Tung, who was walkingwith his two-year-old son, mother and niece. HONG KONG – Tens of thousands ofanti-government protesters began marching in Hong Kong on New Year’s Day,demanding concessions from the city’s embattled government as the civil unrestthat convulsed the Chinese-ruled city for over half a year spills into 2020. “Unless the five demands are achieved,and police are held accountable for their brutality, then we can’t have a realhappy new year,” he added, referring to the push for concessions from thegovernment including full democracy, an amnesty for the over 6,500 peoplearrested so far, and a powerful, independent investigation into police actions. The pro-democracy march is beingorganized by the Civil Human Rights Front, a group that arranged a number ofmarches last year that drew millions./PNcenter_img Pro-democracy protesters and people gather at the promenade of Tsim Sha Tsui district as they light up their phones to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, in Hong Kong on Dec. 31, 2019. REUTERS Gathering on a grass lawn in VictoriaPark under grey skies, citizens young and old, many dressed in black and somemasked, carried signs such as “Freedom is not free” before setting off.last_img

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