Police arrested six individuals throughout a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s hottest tourist areas on Sunday, the place thousands of protesters sought to raise awareness among mainland Chinese guests about the political crisis that has rocked the city.
Protest organizers mentioned 230,000 people marched by the streets of Kowloon, across the harbor from Hong Kong’s Central business district, within the latest wave of demonstrations in opposition to an extradition bill that will allow people to be sent to mainland China to face trial.
Police put the number at 56,000 at its peak.
Chinese censors have worked hard to block news of Hong Kong’s biggest and most violent protests in many years amid fears they may inspire demonstrations on the mainland.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam suspended the extradition bill after violent protests last month when the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas, but she has rejected calls to scrap it.
Protests over the bill have now turned into calls for Lam to step down, investigations over what some describe as extreme police pressure and greater democracy.
Hong Kong has been governed below a “one country, two systems” method since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997, permitting freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the proper to protest and an unbiased judiciary.
Critics say the extradition law may threaten Hong Kong’s rule of law and its international reputation as an Asian financial hub. Some Hong Kong tycoons have already started transferring personal wealth offshore.