2019.10.20 350,000-person march in Kowloon
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has ignored the five major demands of the community and the indiscriminate arrests by the police, causing the ongoing controversy over the “anti-extradition law”. The Civil Human Rights Front initiated a march in Tsim Sha Tsui today (20th) to demand the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry and the immediate reorganisation of the police force, but the police objected and the appeal was rejected. Four pro-democrats, including Deputy Convenor of the Democratic Alliance for the Civil Human Rights Front Figo Chan Ho-wun and Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats (LSD), once again took up the march on behalf of the DAB, starting from Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui to the West Kowloon Station of the Express Rail Link. A large number of people departed from the vicinity of the Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui at noon, followed by a fire at the MTR station entrance and exit and a shop owned by Chinese-funded company in Tsim Sha Tsui. In the afternoon, police dispersed the protesters with a water cannon truck, which drove up to the mosque near Park Lane and stopped and fired blue water cannons in the direction of the mosque. Subsequently, in the evening, Chinese-funded shops in Mongkok and other places were “renovated” such as “Youyi Shangpin (uniso)”, “Beijing Tongrentang”, “Xiaomi Mobile” and “Bank of China Hong Kong” branches. Riot police dispersed twice in the area of Nathan Road.