Young protesters are locked in heated police clashes outside the government headquarters, but on the other side of town thousands of citizens are marching peacefully against the China extradition bill and to call for greater democracy.
This official march is bigger and has attracted a wider range of people, too. Middle aged folk, young people and even small children, some of them being carried on their parents’ shoulders, have all turned out.
What is the official march? This is the annual July 1 protest, which takes place on the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China.
Where does it go? Their route takes them from Victoria Park along the north side of the island to the heart of the city in Central. March organizers today, however, have changed the route to avoid being caught up in the tense stand off outside the government offices.
What do they want? Among the protest chants today are calls to “Free Hong Kong” and for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down.