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Hundreds of Thousands Fill Hong Kong Streets for Largest Protest in Weeks

Hundreds of thousands of people thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, December 8, in the largest protest in weeks to press the government to meet demands for increased civil liberties, reports said.

The organizers of the event, the Hong Kong-based activist organization Civil Human Rights Front, said that some 800,000 people attended the march on Sunday.

The mass protest was largely peaceful, though incidents of vandalism, and confrontations with police were reported by local journalists.

Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have been ongoing since April 2019, prompted by a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be transferred to mainland China. The bill was formally withdrawn in late October.

The five key demands include the withdrawal of the bill, an investigation into the use of force by police, amnesty for arrested protesters a retraction of the categorizations of the protests as “riots,” and universal suffrage. The protesters have said they will not not stop until all five demands are met. Credit: Antony Dapiran via Storyful