Hong Kong (AFP) -Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months.
A sea of yellow umbrellas – the symbol of the campaign – moved slowly through central Hong Kong with crowds shouting for “true universal suffrage”.
Organisers had said the rally would draw 50,000 people. An AFP reporter estimated that several thousand had joined the march by mid-afternoon but no police estimate was available.
Police warned that attempts to reoccupy main roads cleared of tented protest camps in December are likely.
But no protest group has announced it intends to relaunch the occupation, and the march began peacefully Sunday afternoon with many carrying yellow balloons.
The rally will gauge the public’s willingness to keep fighting for free leadership
elections. Authorities have made no
concessions to activists’ demands and tensions remain high in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.