Hong Kong extradition law: LIVE REPORT from mass rally against controversial extradition bill

Hong Kong extradition law: LIVE REPORT from mass rally against controversial extradition bill

Live updates from the protest that will make its way from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to the Legislative Council complex in Admiralty

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4.21pm: A banner displayed on the floor near the Legco complex.
Photo: Cyrus Chu

Today, hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers are expected to join a protest march against a law which would allow Beijing to take whoever they want - mainland citizen or not - from Hong Kong to face trial on the mainland.

The march has been organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, which has asked marchers to wear white tops to show their support. Young Post will provide live updates here and on Instagram.


This is the end of our live coverage, check back in at yp.scmp.com for our wrap-up and other relevant stories.

8.06pm: Police line up and block the area, as some protestors outside Admiralty MTR and trying to push through.
Photo: Cassi Thomas

8.05pm Some protestors have attempted to move into the road, in a tense stand off between the public and the police. Protestors were shouting, "open the road!" to the police. 

6.05pm: Singers Anthony Wong Yiu-ming (left) and Denise Ho Wan-sze performed on stage near the Legco building.
Photo: Kelly Ho/SCMP

6.04pm: Official Hong Kong Police Twitter states they have not released estimates for how many people attended today's protest. They also state they have arrested one person for assaulting a police officer and six others for other minor offences.

5.56pm: (From left) Michael Wu Wai-kit, 18, Sam Kong Kam-hoi, 19, and Ben Pao Chun-kit from Chinese University cross their arms to show they oppose the extradition law.
Photo: Kelly Fung/SCMP

5.35pm The League Of Social Democrats says one of their members has been arrested and calls for them to be released. Meanwhile crowds still wait to exit Victoria Park.

NeoDemocrat lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai encourages marchers outside of Hysan Place. He encourages Hongkongers to remain resilient and finish the whole route.
Photo: Nicola Chan

 

4.57pm: Protesters making their way to Legco near Admiralty Centre, on Gloucester Road.
Photo: Kelly Fung/SCMP

 

4.45pm: Many people are still stuck at Victoria Park, waiting to begin their march.
Photo: Nester Chik

 

4.35pm: Both sides of Hennessey Road are now occupied by the crowd.
Photo: Wong Tsui-kai/SCMP

4.35pm: Protesters are now on both sides of Hennessey Road at the intersection of Stewart Road.

4.21pm: A banner displayed on the floor near the Legco complex.
Photo: Cyrus Chu

4.21pm: A translation of the Facebook post from Civil Human Rights Front: 

"The organiser Civil Human Rights Front is asking the citizens to fill the Legislative Council Road, to force the police force to allow the public to enter Tim Mei Avenue.

The public can then leave from Tamar park and the Front will take shots of the avenue and Tamar park using drones to seek the attention of the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong government, and the international community."

4.13: Organiser Civil Human Rights Front is calling for protesters to surround the Legco complex both at the scene and on their Facebook page.

4.10pm: Part of Causeway Road is still blocked by police.
Photo: Colin Lam

4.10pm: Police crowd control measures are still in place at Causeway Road, with part of the road still being blocked.

4.01pm: The main crowd on Hennessey Road is only able to move very very slowly.

4.03pm: Main crowd is moving very slowly on Henessey Road, with protesters only moving a few steps at a time.

3.43pm: Due to police crowd control, some people are unable to leave Victoria Park to begin their march.

3.43pm: Voices of Diversity, a group of ethnic minority Hongkongers are speaking with Young Post live about why they are marching.

Emoji-inspired banner protesting against the extradition law.
Photo: Kelly Ho/SCMP

3.33pm: Reports say Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Tsui Sha Tsui, Tin Hau, Causeway Bay, and Wan Chai MTR stations are all closed.

3.28pm: Trains are no longer stopping at Tin Hau station and Causeway Bay station, reports Hong Kong Free Press. 

3.25pm: Crowds outside Tin Hau MTR station are waiting to move.

Crowds are being directed by police because there are so many people at Tin Hau MTR station.
Photo: Kelly Fung/SCMP

 

Members of the Professional Teachers Union have joined the march.
Photo: Cyrus Chu

3.06pm: Members of the Professional Teachers Union are marching. Their banner says "Unite to fight against evil laws. We are against the extradition law."

2.59pm: Some yellow umbrella can be seen in the crowds.
Photo: Cyrus Chu

2.59pm: Crowds are chanting "Carrie Lam, Step Down!"

2.41pm: A chaotic start to the march, as people begin walking about 20 minutes before the schedule time 3.00pm.

2.40pm: Organisers say that Victoria Park is full. Protestors need to go to Wan Chai.

2.39pm outside Causeway Bay Sport Ground, where the march started slightly earlier than the official time of 3.00pm.
Photo: Nicola Chan/SCMP

2.18pm: Tin Hau MTR station is full of people, crowd control is in effect.

Tin Hau MTR station is very crowded with people at 2.18pm before the 2.30pm start time.
Photo: Kelly Fung/SCMP

 

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