- Title: Hong Kong protesters call huge weekend rally 'remarkable'
- Date: 19th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 19, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MASKED PROTESTERS TAKING SEATS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CITIZENS' PRESS CONFERENCE SPOKESPERSON, BRIAN TONG, SAYING: "There is no end as to how far the government would go in crushing the basic human rights of its people, making it no different to any of those totalitarian regimes in history. What has been achieved yesterday is therefore particularly remarkable; despite the legal risk of disobeying the notice of objection for yesterday's mass demonstration, more than 1.7 million determined Hong Kongers braved the white terror and stood out in the rain." MEDIA AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CITIZENS' PRESS CONFERENCE SPOKESPERSON, CHRIS WONG, SAYING: "The only thing that keeps us keeping all protesters together is our fight for justice and our belief in justice. And no matter how the government polarises us, how the government threatens us, we are determined to fight for what belief is correct." MEDIA FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) CITIZENS' PRESS CONFERENCE SPOKESPERSON, CHRIS WONG, SAYING: "Protesters are using the "be water" tactic. We believe in the wisdom from our people; if their life is in danger. When facing the threat of the central government sending the People's Liberation Army, if they really come to Hong Kong, everyone will know to "be water"." MASKED PROTESTERS SEATED AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2019 10:47
- Keywords: Hong Kong protests protesters China extradition bill
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001ASVTNPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Masked Hong Kong protesters called the weekend's rally "remarkable" on Monday (August 19), where an estimated 1.7 million anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday (August 18), marking a change to what have often been violent clashes.
Speaking at news conference, the masked protesters added that no matter what China did they were determined to fight for their beliefs, urging Hong Kongers to "be water" in the face of the Chinese People's Liberation Army threatening to enter Hong Kong.
The large turnout showed that the movement still has widespread support despite chaotic scenes last week when protesters occupied the Chinese-ruled city's airport.
Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week.
(Production: Joyce Zhou, Stefica Nicol Bikes)
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