Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken the streets of Hong Kong for another weekend of massive pro-democracy demonstrations.
The organizers said at least 1.7 million people showed up for the rally – which started the 11th consecutive weekend – that turned the streets into rivers' umbrellas.
But organizer Jimmy Shan from the Civil Human Rights Front said the figure doesn't take into account those who were unable to come to Victoria Park – where Sunday's protest march began – due to traffic restrictions.
The total turnout would make the rally bigger than a massive march in June, when the organizers attended an estimated two million.
The police have not yet released their crowd estimates, which are generally much lower.
During the rally, demonstrators used laser pointers to mark a man suspected of being an undercover cop on Sunday.
Anti-extradition law protesters are taking part in a march to demand democracy and political reform in Hong Kong on August 18
During the rally, demonstrators used laser pointers to mark a man, with a red top and black glasses, suspected of being an undercover agent
Graffiti warning people to prepare & # 39; for war & # 39; decorates the walls of buildings in Hong Kong while protesters continue to march
The organizers said they hoped that the meeting would be peaceful, which would lead to a rare calm weekend in a movement characterized by violent clashes with the police.
Law enforcement officers remained unobtrusive, without riot police seen from the main routes of the procession.
& # 39; We hope there will be no chaotic situations today & # 39 ;, said organizer Bonnie Leung. & # 39; We hope we can show the world that Hong Kong people can be completely peaceful. & # 39;
Her group, the Civil Human Rights Front, has organized three massive marches in Hong Kong since June.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong for another weekend of demonstrations for democracy
Protesters are walking down a street at a meeting in Hong Kong on August 18, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since been turned into a wider call for democratic rights
Organizers said at least 1.7 million people showed up for the rally – which started the 11th consecutive weekend – that turns the streets into rivers of umbrellas.
The protests are filled with clashes with the police, while protesters express their frustration about what they see as the government's refusal to respond to their demands.
Although the police gave permission for the rally, they did not approve an accompanying march.
Protesters nevertheless blew out and filled the streets because there was not enough space at the designated assembly point.
Trains did not stop at stations near the assembly due to overcrowding.
In Beijing, You Wenze, a spokesperson for the Chinese legislator, condemned statements from US legislators supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
Protesters make room for an ambulance to travel during the Hong Kong rally while walking with their umbrella in hand
Enthusiastic demonstrators blew out and filled the streets because there was not enough space at the designated assembly point
Mr. You mentioned the comments & # 39; a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard, and a gross interference in China's internal affairs & # 39 ;.
He said that the 7.5 million people of Hong Kong and the Chinese people are the actions of a & # 39; very small group of violent protesters & # 39; as well as & # 39; any interference by foreign forces & # 39 ;.
The US Congress has the power to pass legislation that affects Hong Kong's relationship with the US in a way that can further undermine the reputation of the area for stability and the rule of law.
That includes the recent reintroduction of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in Congress, where the state secretary would have to issue an annual certification of Hong Kong's autonomy to justify special treatment for the city.
More directly, President Donald Trump could issue an executive order to suspend Hong Kong's special trade status with the US, which could have a devastating effect on the local economy at a time when Beijing and Washington were waging a bitter trade war.
Protesters gather today near a statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Park in Hong Kong after yesterday's confrontation with police without violence has expired
Protesters are taking part in an anti-government rally in Victoria Park, Hong Kong today, as protesters are demanding the complete repeal of a now suspended extradition law
A former British colony, Hong Kong, returned to Beijing in 1997 under & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39 ;, which promised residents certain democratic rights that people on mainland China would not get.
But some Hong Kongers have accused the central government governed by the Communist Party of having eroded their liberties in recent years.
The demands of the protest movement include the resignation of Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into the use of force by the police.
Members of the Chinese armed police of the paramilitary population have been training across the border in Shenzhen for days, including on Sunday morning, and are speculating that they could be sent in to suppress the protests.
However, Hong Kong police have said they are able to handle the protests.
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