Tens of thousands of people have again taken to the streets in Hong Kong despite demonstrating a ban on the government. A long protest march passed through the district of Kowloon. Fear of riots left numerous shops closed.
The demonstrators sang the anthem of the protest movement and called on the government to fulfill all its demands. They also wanted to set a sign against violence. The police had actually banned the protest march through the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district with reference to public safety and increasingly violent protests.
On Saturday night, a 19-year-old who distributed leaflets was attacked by a knife attacker and injured his stomach and neck. As can be seen on a video in online networks, the attacker shouted after the attack: "Hong Kong belongs to China." Earlier, Chief of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) protest group, Jimmy Sham, had been badly injured by a hammers-bred squad that required him to go to the hospital.
Democracy Movement hopes US support
CHRF's Figo Chan, who called for the protest march, called on democracy activists to oppose participation in the banned demonstration of violence. "If we do not go out on the streets tomorrow, the violence will prevail and expand," Chan said Saturday. He blamed the government, police and members of the Chinese mafia, the so-called Triads, for the violence.
The ongoing protests since June 9 had lost momentum after the government imposed a disguise ban and made it difficult for demonstrators with restrictions on subway traffic to move around the city.
Many of the demonstrators were shown with US flags. The adoption of a bill in the US House of Representatives to support the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong last week triggered serious tensions between China and the US. The draft requires economic sanctions if the autonomy of Hong Kong is undermined. It also provides for punitive measures against politicians who have violated Hong Kong's freedoms. The draft is still in the Senate, but enjoys great support from Republicans and Democrats. In the end, US President Donald Trump would still have to sign the law.