Date
21 October 2019
Protesters hold umbrellas inside a mall as they face the riot police after a march in Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Protesters hold umbrellas inside a mall as they face the riot police after a march in Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Tens of thousands join anti-extradition march in Sha Tin

Tens of thousands took part in a march in Sha Tin town in Hong Hong’s New Territories on Sunday, the latest in a series of protests related to the government’s extradition bill fiasco.

Calling on the authorities to withdraw the extradition bill completely and offer amnesty for people arrested during recent clashes, the demonstrators faced off with the police.

Organizers claimed that 110,000 people took part in the demonstration, while police put the turnout at 28,000, RTHK reports.

People gathered on a soccer pitch outside the Che Kung Temple before heading towards the center of Sha Tin where they gathered at a shopping mall.

Clashes broke out as protesters hurled umbrellas and plastic bottles at police who retaliated by firing pepper spray amid chaotic scenes inside the shopping mall, according to Reuters.

Sunday’s march came a day after a protest against so-called parallel traders from the mainland in Sheung Shui, which ended with clashes as police used pepper spray and batons on marchers.

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has said the extradition bill is “dead”, but opponents say they will settle for nothing short of its formal withdrawal.

Protesters are also demanding that Lam step down, the withdrawal of the word “riot” to describe demonstrations, the unconditional release of those arrested and an independent investigation into complaints of police brutality.

Police have condemned what they describe as “violent protesters” and stressed that officers will investigate all illegal acts.

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