Thousands sang pro-democracy songs and shouted protest slogans whilst Umbrella Movement leaders spoke in Tamar Park in Hong Kong on Saturday (9/28/2019). Throughout the night, protesters frequently sang “Glory to Hong Kong,” a song that is widely seen as the unofficial anthem of the movement. Many also chanted slogans such as “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” “Hongkongers add oil,” and “five demands, not one less.”

They were shining their phone lights at a rally to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Umbrella Movement. The Civil Human Rights Front, an alliance of pro-democracy NGOs, organized that rally.

Families gathered and enjoyed the Saturday night at the park, along with people wanted to experience the ambience being in the middle of situation soon to be a part of world history. Everything seemed to be just peaceful.

But the rally came to an early, abrupt end as some violent protesters threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at the windows of the Central Government Offices. Police officers positioned at the entrance of the Central Government Complex used tear gas and water cannon in response.

Some aimed laser beams at a helicopter, posing a serious threat to the safety of everyone at scene.

“Police warn the protesters to stop all illegal acts at once. Police appeal to members of the public to avoid travelling to the area.”

Meanwhile, as crowds swelled near the MTR, some protesters blocked a key road near the local headquarters of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Harcourt Road – the focus point of the 2014 demonstrations.

“At around 7.30pm, a large group of protesters are blocking the carriageways in Harcourt Road, seriously paralyzing the traffic,” Hong Kong police said.

No longer wanting to be the escape route for protesters, Central MTR Station closes faster during demonstrations. In addition, the demonstrators have subjected several MTR stations to vandalism.

Saturday’s commemorations come ahead of worldwide solidarity protests on Sunday, and mass demonstrations on Tuesday – the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

Photos: Dessy Savitri / Citizen Daily