- Citywide protests organised by the pro-democracy movement held on Monday brought Hong Kong to a standstill, with businesses shuttered, roads empty, and over 100 flight cancellations at the city’s airport.
- Here are 12 photos that show the mass protests – as well as unusual silence – that gripped Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong has been rocked by unrest for more than two months, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering across the city in demonstrations that show no sign of slowing.
What initially started as a protest of against a proposed bill that would allow for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China for trial has ballooned into a fight to uphold democracy in the semi-autonomous region.
Citywide protests organised by the pro-democracy movement held on Monday brought Hong Kong to a standstill, with businesses shuttered, roads empty, and over 100 flight cancellations at the city’s airport.
Protesters prevented commuters from travelling during rush hour by blocking train doors and platforms, leading the city’s train service to be suspended due to the disruption, the South China Morning Post reported.
In several popular shopping centres, including near Admiralty station and Sha Tin, stores were shuttered as people gathered at parallel rallies across the city.
In response to the widespread protests, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam held a press conference on Monday evening where she remained resolute in the face of calls for her to step down.
“I don’t think at this point in time, resignation of myself or some of my colleagues would provide a better solution,” she told media.
She added that Hong Kong was “the verge of a very dangerous situation,” and said protesters had “ulterior motives” that threatened the city’s security.
Here are 12 photos that show the eerie quiet brought about by the protests that gripped Hong Kong on Monday.
Protesters gathered across several districts for coordinated rallies.
In Tamar Park, located on Hong Kong Island near the government offices which have been the site of recent clashes between protesters and police, thousands of pro-democracy protesters dressed in black sat with placards and umbrellas.
Protesters occupied subway trains at Laiking station, located within the Tsuen Wan district, in order to disrupt services.
In Fortress Hill Station, located near Causeway Bay, protesters gathered en masse.
Protesters occupied several major train routes and blocked doors from closing using umbrellas.
In the north, residents of the working-class Wong Tai Sin neighbourhood faced riot gear-clad police.
Riot police fired tear gas at protesters in Wong Tai Sin.
24 people were injured in clashes between protesters and police across several districts, according to CNN.
Some people were detained by police during clashes.
In Tin Shui Wai, in the northwest of Hong Kong, protesters threw stones toward officers outside a local police station.
Protesters also gathered in the city’s airport, chanting: “Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!”
10.43pm."Fight for freedom, Stand With #Hongkong," #antiELAB protesters chanted at the Hong Kong International Airport. A few of them used plastic water bottles to make beats as well. pic.twitter.com/nTDtnaczpB
— Nicola Chan (@nicola_ching) August 5, 2019
Elsewhere in the city, usually bustling roads and highways were mostly empty.
In Central, which, as its name suggests, is in the centre of Hong Kong, streets were unusually quiet.
Grandma Wong is waving the Union Jack flag by herself in the middle of the now rather empty highway in Central. #hongkongprotests #tictocnews #HongKong Leader Warns of ‘Ruin’ as Strike Snarls City, Airport https://t.co/j9aUlYNt5e @bpolitics pic.twitter.com/QY6JYTRb8M
— Fion Li (@fion_li) August 5, 2019
Even Hong Kong Disneyland, which welcomed 6.7 million visitors last year, appeared almost deserted.
Hong Kong Disneyland's marching band performs on an almost-deserted Main Street.
— CNN International (@cnni) August 5, 2019
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