In Hong Kong, protests continued against the Chinese-backed government. Despite a ban, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets in the center.

By Steffen root, ARD studio Shanghai

Hong Kong Victoria Park was full of umbrellas today. Not only did it serve as a symbol of the demand for more democracy in the Chinese Special Administrative Region: it was raining quite easily. Nevertheless, tens of thousands again protested this afternoon against the pro-mainland Chinese course of the Hong Kong government. After the rally in the park, many participants moved on through the streets of the Hong Kong center – despite a ban.

"We're not demonstrating here, we just run around a bit," says a 49-year-old participant in the protest march, Jason ironically. "I just walk back to my car."

Demands for democratic elections

Many participants emphasized the non-violent nature of the demonstration. They also repeated their demands. These include an independent investigation of police violence in recent weeks and democratic elections in Hong Kong. We will take to the streets until something happens, said many protesters.

"We are protesting against the government and against the police – they have too much power," says a 22-year-old demonstrator. "We want to show the government and people around the world that we are fighting Chinese leaders and the police here."

Protests since the beginning of June

Since the beginning of June, tens to hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong are protesting week after week against the government's course. According to a survey by the Hong Kong newspaper "South China Morning Post", around 80 percent have a high level of education and two thirds are middle class. The ratio of men and women is almost the same among the protesters. Most protesters are between 20 and 29 years old.

For some days people have been taking to the streets in other countries to support the Hong Kong protests. On Saturday there was a rally in Berlin. Particularly large were the demonstrations in Canada and Australia, there live many people with family ties to China. In Vancouver and Melbourne, demos raged as supporters of the Hong Kong protests clashed with demonstrators supporting the Communist state and party leadership in Beijing.


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