10/01/2019, 12.14
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Hong Kong, October 1, a "day of mourning"

by Paul Wang

Despite the ban on all demonstrations, thousands of people poured into the streets at different points in the territory. Peaceful procession to Causeway Bay; clashes with the police in Wong Tai Sin, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun. A "carpet" to walk upon photos of Xi Jinping and Carrie Lam.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The 70 years of the People's Republic of China are not a holiday, but "a day of mourning": This is the slogan that thousands of protesters continue to repeat in many areas of the territory (photo 1).

In Wong Tai Sin, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun, clashes with the police, Molotov cocktails, tear gas and injured people were registered in the early afternoon.

The most impressive march is from Causeway Bay to Central, which has gathered thousands of participants. Dressed in black, the color of mourning, shouting: "Today is not a national holiday; it's the day of a national tragedy! " The other recurring slogan is "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our time!" (Photo 2).

The March was organized by the Civil Front for Human Rights, but the police denied permission. Nevertheless, at least four pro-democracy activists - Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho, "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung and Figo Chan (photo 3) - had promised that they would march anyway to defend the freedom of assembly in the territory, put at risk in these months of tensions due to the anti-extradition law.

Taking the floor before the march, Lee Cheuk-yan said the protest was to express the mourning for "70 years of suppression" by the Chinese regime. "In 70 years of communist party domination, there have been many sacrifices, human rights abuses, oppression of the rights of the people of Hong Kong and China." Lee also demanded justice for the victims of the Tiananmen massacre and the end of the one party rule, demanding a minute of silence.

The various demonstrations in Hong Kong clash with the celebratory emphasis in Beijing, where the chief executive, Carrie Lam, is.

Many young people have prepared a "carpet" with her picture and with that of Xi Jinping to walk on them as they pass (photo 4). The anti-extradition movement remains firm in demanding the response of Lam and China to their five demands, among which there is the opening of an independent inquiry into the excessive use of force by the police and full democracy for Hong Kong. Due to possible tensions and vandalism, the metro closed 25 stations out of 91.

Photo: HKFP

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