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The Civil Human Rights Front was also organised. Members of Falun Gong also took part in the protest, but have been asked by the organisers to march at the end of the rally.
The march was originally scheduled to start at 2: After half-million people protested against the law, James Tien resigned from the Executive Council to vote against proposals for legislation as required under Article 23 of the Hong Kong Basic Law.
Afterwards, Regina Ip and Antony Leung resigned, stating "personal reasons". The phrase "Return power to the people" was particularly inflammatory, because it implied that power was taken away from the people, according to pro-Beijing parties.
Some pro-democracy political leaders such as Lau Chin-shek had considered changing the phrase, but many criticised this move as it was seen to be satisfying Beijing.
The organisers kept the phrase. White was the dress code for the day representing the desire for universal suffrage.
On the other hand, pro-government groups lobbied the public to wear red the colour traditionally worn for celebratory occasion in Chinese culture to take part in a counter-protest they were holding.
Despite the dazzling heat, the number of turn out was still very high. Numerous sources debated on the size of the actual turnouts.
The figures were disputed by many, saying that the number could not have been over , The general acceptance is that the crowd size is smaller than the crowd.
Two protests were held in including the annual 1 July event and a separate December protest for democracy. Further questions were raised regarding maximum working hours, minimum wage, increase of sexual violence, divide between the rich and poor.
Not only did she openly support the implementation of universal suffrage in Hong Kong via the mass media, former Chief Secretary Anson Chan also called on Hong Kongers to express their desire by taking to the street.
Some saw the move as Chan testing the water, paving way to the next chief executive election. Chan declined to comment until she formally announced that she has no interests in running for chief executive in September.
Like previous years, counter-protest parade was held in the morning while the protest organised by the Civil Human Rights Front started at The police insisted that the organisers wrapped up the demonstration before Displeased with by the limitations and restrictions set by the police, the organisers filed an appeal to the Appeal Board, which ruled on 26 June that the demonstration could last for four hours, from Furthermore, the appeal board also required the police to open up all three westbound lanes to marchers.
The elder and physically challenged marchers would slack behind at the rally, and restricted the number of wheelchair participants to ten.
Civil Human Rights Front estimated the turn out to be 68, while the Hong Kong Police put the figure with those who left from Victoria Park between The University of Hong Kong estimated between 29, and 35, people took place in the demonstration.
Organisers suggested an estimate of 58, people. Cardinal Joseph Zen joined the march for the first time. Former Chief Secretary , Anson Chan has also taken part.
Organisers said more than 40, people attended. Police put the starting figure at 13, when the march began.
One of the issues include Chief executive Donald Tsang , who was under fire for the hiring of his 17 new highly paid appointees.
Critics say they were handpicked allies brought in to boost his power base. Pan-democrats had expected at least , to take the streets for the march.
Seven different events were expected to attract a total of , participants, as it was supposed to be the largest number of protests in a single day on Hong Kong island.
Other events include protests by the Alliance of Lehman Brothers victims and one by the handicapped protesting at discrimination. The police band followed by a sea parade and fly-past by the disciplined services.
Previously the pan-democracy camp was united in their goal to fight for universal suffrage for the city of 7 million people in and nothing less.
Instead, Beijing signed an alternative method to choose the CE and Legco politicians. A controversial graffiti incident even took place after the consultations.
The pan-democrat camp was split. Several hundred democratic party members faced verbal abuse throughout the march to the HK government headquarters for selling out to Beijing.
Protesters hurling chants of "Shame on you" and "You betrayed Hong Kong people. The turnout for the protest is the highest since Organisers of the protest claimed a turnout of , people.
Just two days before the protest, the government led by Stephen Lam tried to pass a bill to no longer allow by-elections, this is to block any more events similar to the Five Constituencies referendum.
There were complaints with land hogging and control by real estate companies. There were complaints of allowing more women from mainland China to give birth in Hong Kong.
On 13 July People Power group led a three-day sit-in to protest against Stephen Lam, the blocking of by-elections and a number of issues.
About people put on handcuffs and surrounded the Legco building 3 times to protest police actions from 1 July march. Hundreds of people also threw paper aeroplanes at the Legco building with political messages.
The protest on 1 July was the largest protest yet, with activists claiming , took part and police claiming 63, took part, both of which would have been the largest attendance at 1 July protests.
It also alleged that several mainlander protesters have gone missing once returning home to Mainland China. The 1 July protest in focused on universal suffrage and other major issues.
The Civil Human Rights Front , organiser of the annual march, said , people took part on Monday, compared to , last year. But police said just 35, left Victoria Park and 66, participated at its peak.
The departure in wording from emphasising the high degree of autonomy guaranteed by the Hong Kong Basic Law sparked controversy that the Chinese government was suggesting it could intervene in Hong Kong affairs, in effect redefining one country, two systems.
The Hong Kong government earlier promised to residents that they will be able to vote for their new chief executive in the upcoming election, but it has been feared that the final process will favour candidates approved by Beijing.
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