2019.06.09 1,030,000 Anti-Extradition Bill protest
1.03 million people marched from Victoria Park to Central Government Offices against the extradition bill which would allow the transfer of fugitives to mainland China.
“Over a million attend Hong Kong demo against controversial extradition law, organisers say”. Hong Kong Free Press.
Before the government tabled the extradition bill’s second reading in the Legislative Council on 12 June, the CHRF had called Hong Kong people to march against the bill on 9 June through an approximately 3 km (1.86 mi) route from Victoria Park to the Legislative Council in Admiralty.
Police ordered MTR to bypass Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Tin Hau stations for several hours. Protesters exited at Fortress Hill to join the protest. Police urged protesters to start off before the official 3 pm start-time to ease overcrowding; police were forced to open up all lanes on Hennessy Road, having previously refused to do so.
A significant number of protesters were still leaving Victoria Park up to four hours after the start time and were still arriving at the end-point at 10 pm.
Reports suggested it could have been the largest ever, and certainly the largest protest Hong Kong has seen since the 1997 handover, surpassing the turnout seen at mass rallies in support of the Tiananmen protests of 1989 and 1 July demonstration of 2003.
CHRF convenor Jimmy Sham said that 1.03 million people attended the march, while the police put the crowd at 240,000 at its peak.