Hong Kong protests: High security as masses march | 2019-07-21

Hong Kong protests: High security as masses march


21st July, 2019 04:49:41 printer

Hong Kong protests: High security as masses march


Hong Kong is under tight security as tens of thousands march in the latest protest run by pro-democracy groups.

Mass protests have been held for weeks, initially over an extradition deal with mainland China but now covering other key issues on democracy in Hong Kong.

The latest rally was put on edge after a huge haul of explosives was found along with protest leaflets.

On Saturday, a counter-rally in support of the police and against protest violence drew tens of thousands.

Tear-gas, rubber bullets, the trashing of parliament by protesters and sporadic clashes have created the worst crisis in the territory's recent history.

The Hong Kong government has since suspended trying to pursue the extradition bill.

The former British colony is part of China but run under a "one country, two systems" arrangement that guarantees it a level of autonomy. It has its own judiciary, and a legal system that is independent from mainland China.

What is happening on Sunday?

It's the seventh consecutive weekend of mass demonstrations and tens of thousands are marching at the traditional protest point on Hong Kong Island.

However, the route has been altered and is scheduled to stop at Wan Chai rather than Central, where the key government offices are located.