LIVE UPDATES: First Marchers Arrive in Admiralty, Streets Brimming With People

UPDATE: June 16, 4:20 p.m. HKT

Hong Kong media RTHK reported that the first contingent of the march has arrived at Tim Mei Avenue in Admiralty, the march’s destination, at around 4 p.m. local time.

The streets along the route of the rally are brimming with people chanting in unison “retract,” as they called for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to scrap the government’s extradition bill.

The slogans “Carrie Lam step down,” “No riot, only depotism,” and “We have not rioted. Release injured students” were also heard as hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers peacefully marched side by side through their city streets.

Protesters pass Hysan Place, a shopping mall and office building, at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. (Li Yi/The Epoch Times)


UPDATE: June 16, 3:46 p.m. HKT

Reports: Police Allowing Some People to Join March En Route

Hong Kong media RTHK reported that local police have become more lenient this time, by allowing people to join the march from anywhere. Last Sunday, the police demanded that people should not cut in line.

People try to join the march at F exit of Causeway Bay Station, Hong Kong, on June 16, 2019. (Cui Haiyu/The Epoch Times)
People at Times Square in Hong Kong try to join the march on June 16, 2019. One person held a slogan that said “Students have not rioted. Protect the next generation. Entire city against evil law.” (Yu Gang/The Epoch Times)
Hong Kong protesters hold up different signs in a march on June 16, 2019. One of the signs read “We are not rioters. We love Hong Kong.” (Yu Gang/The Epoch Times)
One Hong Kong protester holds a sign that reads “Carrie Lam Steps Down. [Chinese] Communist Party Falls” on June 16, 2019. (Yu Gang/The Epoch Times)
People attempting to join anti-extradition bill march at Times Square, a shopping center and office tower complex in Causeway Bay, Kong Kong, on June 16, 2019. (Yu Gang/Epoch Times)

According to an update from Civil Human Rights Front, the first contingent of the march arrived near the police station at Wan Chai around 3:30 p.m. local time.


UPDATE: June 16, 3:00 p.m. HKT

June 16 March Gets Underway Early in Hong Kong Because of Large Crowd

Scene from Hong Kong as march calling for the withdrawal of the ‘evil’ extradition bill begins ahead of schedule June 16, 2019. (Li Yi/The Epoch Times)

According to Hong Kong media, the “Withdraw Evil Extradition Bill” march has officially started, with organizers giving the green light at 2:45 p.m. local time.

It started 15 minutes earlier than the original schedule due to the large crowd size.

Protesters gathering at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. (Sun Qingtian/The Epoch Times)
Protesters gather at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. (Li Yi/The Epoch Times)
Protesters at Hennessy Road in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. (Yu Gang/The Epoch Times)

Singers Denise Ho and Anthony Wong Yiu Ming were among those spotted at the march which starts at Victoria Park.


UPDATE: June 16, 2:20 p.m. HKT

Protesters Flood Into Victoria Park Ahead of March to Scrap ‘Evil’ Extradition Bill

Protesters, most of them dressed in black, are flooding into Victoria Park and the city’s metro stations ahead of the march that is set to begin at 3 p.m. local time.

Protesters arrive at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. (Lin Yi/The Epoch Times)
Protesters are seen at Hong Kong’s Central Station on June 16, 2017. (Yu Gang/The Epoch Times)

Hong Kong media RTHK reported that crowd control is in place at local metro stations, and some of the metro trains might not stop at Tin Hau Station, which is about 6-minutes walking distance from Victoria Park.

Many protesters also stopped by Pacific Place Mall where earlier, a 35-year-old man wearing a yellow raincoat, dubbed “Raincoat boy,” fell off the scaffolding from which he had unfurled a banner calling for the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and for Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam to step down.

Protesters pay tribute at the Pacific Place Mall where a protester died from falling off scaffolding on June 16, 2019. (Sun Qingtian/The Epoch Times)


UPDATE: June 16, 12:39 p.m. HKT

Yellow Banner Makes Brief But Striking Appearance on Hong Kong’s Iconic Lion Rock

Yellow banner with the Chinese characters “Defend Hong Kong” seen hanging from Lion Rock above Kowloon, Hong Kong, on June 16, 2019. (Zhang Xiaohong/The Epoch Times)

A symbolic image reminiscent of the days during the 2014 Umbrella Movement is making a reappearance in Hong Kong.

A long yellow banner with the words “Defend Hong Kong” in Chinese and “Fight for HK” in English was hung from Lion Rock in Kowloon, Hong Kong, on the morning on June 16.

Lion Rock, standing at 495 meters above Kowloon, has the shape of a crouching tiger. It is the most iconic peak in Hong Kong.

It is not known who is responsible for putting up the yellow banner, but it is to show support for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill introduced by the legislature’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam.

In 2014, protesters calling for universal suffrage for Hong Kongers camped out on the streets of the city’s main business district in Central for almost 3 months. At that time, yellow banners with the words “I want real universal suffrage” in Chinese were also hung from Lion Rock.

Hong Kong media reported that local firefighters were called to remove the yellow banner from Lion Rock at around noon on June 16.

Public broadcaster RTHK also reported that a smaller “Defend Hong Kong” banner had been hung from a hillside in Quarry Bay.


UPDATE: June 16, 9:30 a.m. HKT

March in Hong Kong To Begin at 2:30 PM Local Time

Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the organizer of the June 9 march that drew 1.03 million people, is set to hold another march in protest against the Hong Kong government’s extradition bill on March 16, despite debate on the bill being “indefinitely” suspended.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam made the announcement to suspend the bill in a press conference on June 15. However, CHRF said on its Facebook page that its demand has long been for Lam to withdraw the bill—not just suspend it.

CHRF also condemned Lam’s failure to address police violence against protesters who had gathered around government buildings in Admiralty on June 12 during the press conference.

The government bill was scheduled to enter the pro-Beijing majority legislative council for debate on June 12, without wider consultations.

According to the CHRF’s Facebook page, the June 16 march will begin at 2:30 p.m. local time, starting from Victoria Park and ending at Tim Mei Avenue in Admiralty.

Jimmy Sham, a CHRF convenor, said it had received a “letter of no objection” from police regarding the March, according to Hong Kong public radio broadcaster RTHK.

However, Sham added that the police rejected CHRF’s proposals for two additional routes for the march. It is not known where these routes were planned to begin and end.

The march will be broadcasted live by the Hong Kong bureau of The Epoch Times and its sister media New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD).

NTD will host the live stream on its website and YouTube channel NTDChinese. The Epoch Times will broadcast live from its Chinese-language website and Facebook page.


UPDATE: June 16, 8:26 a.m. HKT

Hong Kong Protester Dies After Unfurling Banner on Side of Building

A person stands on a scaffolding surrounding the Pacific Place complex next to a banner related to the protests against the proposed extradition bill, in Hong Kong, on June 15, 2019. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

A man has died after unfurling a banner protesting the proposed extradition laws from the side of a shopping mall, local media reports.

According to Hong Kong media Apple Daily, on the afternoon of June 14, a 35-year-old man wearing a yellow raincoat climbed up the scaffolding at Pacific Place mall and unfurled a banner calling for the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and for Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam to step down. Written on the back of his raincoat was “Carrie Lam Kills Hong Kong.”

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Less than an hour earlier, Lam announced that she was suspended the bill indefinitely, but refused to completely withdraw the controversial legislation. Critics, however, have called for her to scrap the legislation entirely and resign.

The extradition bill, which would allow people in Hong Kong to be transferred to mainland China for trial, has sparked mass protests over the last week, with opponents saying the measure would further erode the city’s autonomy and jeopardize its status as a leading financial hub.

Meanwhile, lawmaker Roy Kwong and other protesters had gathered on the street below, out of concern that the man was going to jump, Hong Kong Free Press reported, with some singing “Sing Hallelujah To The Lordand shouting “Go back inside, keep holding on.”

According to Apple Daily, the man refused to engage with police negotiators.

At around 9:00 p.m., the man suddenly climbed over the scaffolding and fell about 65 feet onto the sidewalk after firefighters failed to hold him, Apple Daily reported. He died after being rushed to hospital.

Mourners have since laid flowers and notes at the scene in remembrance of the man.

If you or someone you know is showing signs that they might be considering suicide, the suicide prevention hotline is available 24-7 for those in Hong Kong at 2382 0000. For urgent assistance, call 999.

Those in the United States can call 800-273-TALK or go to Texts can also be sent to The Crisis Text Line at 741 741.

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Author: Epoch Times Staff