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Thousands march as Hong Kong protests near half-year mark

Updated : 2019-12-08 14:34:12

Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a march seen as a test of the enduring appeal of an anti-government movement about to mark a half year of demonstrations. Chanting “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong,” a sea of protesters formed a huge human snake winding through the Causeway Bay shopping district. The protest ground to a standstill at times, with thousands of marchers crammed into the narrow streets, their cries of “Revolution in our times” echoing off the high-rise towers.

Hong Kong's new Police Chief Chris Tang, centre, stands with officials as they watch a flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Chris Tang, said Saturday in Beijing that he'll adopt both
Hong Kong's new Police Chief Chris Tang, centre, stands with officials as they watch a flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Chris Tang, said Saturday in Beijing that he'll adopt both "hard and soft approaches" for policing protests. He spoke to the media after his first meetings with Chinese officials since his appointment last month. (Yin Gang/Xinhua via AP)
Pro-democracy protesters wave American flags and flags reading
Pro-democracy protesters wave American flags and flags reading "Liberate Hong Kong, the Revolution of Our Times" during a protest in Hong Kong. Marchers are again expected to fill Hong Kong streets Sunday in a rally that will test the enduring appeal of an anti-government movement marking a half year of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Pro-democracy gather at Victoria Park during a protest in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Pro-democracy gather at Victoria Park during a protest in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
A pro-democracy protester holds an umbrella and a placard which reads
A pro-democracy protester holds an umbrella and a placard which reads "Five demands, adhere to the end" as they gather at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. Marchers are again expected to fill Hong Kong streets Sunday in a rally that will test the enduring appeal of an anti-government movement marking a half year of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. Marchers are again expected to fill Hong Kong streets Sunday in a rally that will test the enduring appeal of an anti-government movement marking a half year of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Masked pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. A placard reads
Masked pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. A placard reads "Thorough investigation on the corrupt police." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Masked pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Masked pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Masked pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Masked pro-democracy protesters march on a street in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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