The day's main rally in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood was one of three called for Sunday, as protesters seek to keep pressure on the government after the November 24 district council elections.
Months into the huge protests kicked off by opposition to a bill allowing extradition to China, pro-democracy demonstrators still appear to command widespread support - with the victory of pro-democracy candidates undercutting government claims of a "silent majority" opposed to the movement.
Many wore Donald Trump masks after the President signed into law protecting human rights in Hong Kong last week. Speakers reminded the crowd that it wasn't time to celebrate and that the fight for real autonomy must persist.
The protesters are angry at what they see as Chinese meddling in the freedoms promised to the former British colony when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
"We had demonstrations, peaceful protests, lobbying inside the council, a lot of things we have done but they all failed", said Felix, a 25-year-old university graduate.
"If we don't walk out, the government will say it's just a youth issue".
Video footage circulated on Twitter, purported to be of the protests, showed police firing tear gas and chasing people in the town of Wenlou, Guangdong province.
Chinese police clashed with protesters in a southern province near Hong Kong over the weekend, in a rare case of public dissent which saw hundreds demonstrate against the building of a crematorium. "People are exhausted physically and mentally, so we are waiting for the right moment for a fightback".Читайте также: Militaires morts au Mali: un hommage national rendu ce lundi aux Invalides
Carrying yellow balloons and waving banners that read: "No tear gas, save our children", the protesters streamed through the city's central business district towards government headquarters on the main Hong Kong island.
"The government is still stubborn".
"Thousands of people are streaming. we have every generation - old and young - represented. The movement will not stop", a woman, 63, who identified herself as Mrs. Tam, said as she distributed Japanese honey sweets to slogan-chanting young activists at the park.
The city has been battered by almost six months of protests triggered by rising public anger over China's rule and the police's response to protests.
"From the advertising perspective, we can help promote the brands that speak out for Hong Kong", said Fred.
"We are really grateful about that and we really appreciate the effort made by Americans who support Hong Kong, who stand with Hong Kong, who do not choose to side with Beijing".
In August, a British Consulate employee in Hong Kong was arrested during a trip to the mainland and was freed 15 days later after confessing to soliciting prostitution.
The Sunday protest in the busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui followed a "thanksgiving" march by hundreds to the US consulate to show gratitude for USA support for the demonstrations that have agitated the Chinese-ruled city for about six months.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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