Defying the police ban, around a quarter of Hong-Kong population marched to Victoria Park, intensifying the pro-democracy protests as it entered the 11th week on Sunday. Even the torrential rain could not stop people from gathering. The protest has turned out to be historical and has invited global attention to China.
The protest started against an extradition bill which was imposed on Hong-Kong on June 9 soon turned into a massive protest in demand for democracy.
“I believe peace is the best way,” one protester told CBS News. “I would prefer peace but peaceful protests are not doing any good.”
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Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Ottawa asked Canada to stop meddling in its internal affairs. A spokesman posted a statement on the embassy website on Sunday saying that “the Canadian side should be cautious with its words and deeds.”
The protestors have been demanding the resignation of the city leader, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force. Relations between Canada and China are at their worst since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.