The first tear gas round left the barrel at 00:07 on January 1, 2020 – that was the first greeting Hongkongers received from the regime’s paramilitary this year.
Hongkongers are not left alone from suppression and harassment in this police state as they step into the new year. At 17:33, before the sun had even set for the first time in 2020, the police ended their lawful and peaceful New Year’s Day Demonstration, as organised by Civil Human Rights Front, abruptly and prematurely on no valid grounds, unilaterally violating the Letter of No Objection to which the police have committed and are legally bound.
At least a million Hongkongers’ right to protest was unlawfully trampled upon today by the Hong Kong police. Participants who were still in the middle of the procession, and the hundreds of thousands who did not even get to begin and were stranded for hours at the starting point in Victoria Park, were demanded by the police to dismiss within 30 minutes. All the unreasonable arrangements violently imposed upon peaceful protesters this afternoon had placed all participants in serious danger.
Hongkongers stepped out to the streets to demonstrate to the regime and the world that they have not given up and that they are not fazed by any kind of political oppression or suppression.
They were out there to exactly get across the message that they are prepared to continue on their fight. The suppression they experienced on January 1 will be noted far and wide, and the world shall pass the judgment that over a million have once again been stripped of their birthright to protest, and that the police are once again the violators, and that despite this all, Hongkongers remain fearless and graceful as they march on through all hurdles for the day on which their Five Demands are attained.