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Photo: Peaceful action in Hong Kong attended by several hundred thousand people

A protest rally was held in Hong Kong, which differed from many previous ones in its character – the participants opposed violence, so that it was peaceful. According toThe Wall Street Journal, the rally became the “largest” in the past 11 weeks. According to the calculations of the witnesses, took to the streets, “hundreds of thousands” of people. The organizers announced 1.7 million demonstrators.

Hong Kong residents initially opposed the decision of the authorities to allow the extradition of suspects to mainland China. Soon consideration of the amendments was postponed, but the protests did not stop. People also demanded democratic reforms and punishment for police officers who take harsh measures, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, against the protesters.

Protesters express solidarity with a woman who, according to media reports, a policeman shot in the eye with a rubber bullet Photo by Associated Press

Most of the protesters dressed in black and gathered in Victoria Park and the surrounding areas. In the subway, demonstrators were helped with the purchase of disposable tokens, because they did not want to use transport cards because of fear of surveillance. Then they walked through the shopping district in the pouring rain.

According to The Guardian, people of different ages participated in the action: some came with small children. In addition to slogans demanding their rights, the rally included the song “ Do You Hear The People Sing ” from the musical “Les Miserables” about the events in Paris of the 19th century.

The action was organized by the movement “The Civil Human Rights Front”. From the stage, the rally organizers said that “China is taking over Hong Kong” and “Hong Kong is dying, but we are fighting until the last breath.”

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During a rally in Hong Kong in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, which borders on it, hundreds of soldiers were gathered , supposedly ready to intervene in the protests. They can be seen at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Stadium. The military, apparently, is waiting for orders, but in China they still do not see the need for intervention .

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