|Some 130,000 people showed up at tonight's protest rally in Central|
Fifteen minutes after the event started at 7pm, thousands of protesters had spilled onto the roads near Chater Garden and Prince's Building, creating a massive traffic jam in Central. They turned on the lights on their smartphones, while others played with laser pointers on nearby buildings.
|Many masked protesters waved American flags|
This time several people waved large American flags in a bid to persuade the United States Congress to pass the proposed Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The vote will be held Wednesday morning Hong Kong time.
Some people held printed paper signs like "Thank you Daryl Morey!" "Thank you South Park!" and "Sir, this way", referring to US President Donald Trump.
It was impossible to hear what was being said in Chater Garden with so many people around and sporadically shouting slogans and singing Glory to Hong Kong, the protest anthem. I didn't stay, but Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong made an impassioned speech that whipped up the crowd.
|Some thanked Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets|
There was so many people here tonight that it was heartening to see they were willing to come out, maybe there were restricted by their jobs or obligations not to attend illegal gatherings. All areas around Chater Garden were blocked with people, including Connaught Road Central and as far west as Pedder Street. The tram driver on Chater Road sat back in his tram, empty of passengers, and was amused that he wouldn't be getting back to the terminus anytime soon.
When I finally made it to the Central MTR entrance, in a walk that took 20 minutes and usually takes about five minutes, people kept streaming up from the escalator, with hundreds more down below walking towards the exit.
|There was a full moon in the distance as more people came|
"Since the return to the Motherland, the HKSAR has been exercising 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' and a high degree of autonomy in strict accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The 'one country, two systems' principle has been fully and successfully implemented. Human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong are fully protected by the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and other legislation. The HKSAR Government attaches great importance to them and is determined to safeguard them."
The government is definitely towing the Party line here, with the words "Motherland", and "attaches great importance"...
We're all waiting with baited breath to see what kind of speech Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will make in her policy address at the Legislative Council on Wednesday...