Anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong are all set to plan a rally outside a controversial station where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland as they try to keep up pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders, later on Sunday.
The rally is the first major protest that was planned since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of parliament by largely young protesters.
The semi-autonomous city has been shaken by historic demonstrations in the past three weeks when protesters have demanded the withdrawal of a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.
The China extradition bill has been suspended in response to the intense, violent clash that sparked the tensions among protesters.
The protesters wanted pro-Beijing Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation.
Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes.
Thousands of protesters paralysed central Hong Kong by blocking major roads in a defiant show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China early this month.
Sunday’s rally is not being organised by the same protest group behind three massive peaceful marches, making it difficult to predict the expected crowd size.