Just a tiny section of the protesters marching against
the proposed extradition bill in Causeway Bay this afternoon
Crossing from Wan Chai to Admiralty several hours later
The message that Hong Kong people want to send to
their government, and the watching world
I have been to protests with over 100,000 people before in Hong Kong -- including as recently as this past Tuesday (if you consider a candlelight vigil to be such) and this past April (if you don't). And I can tell you that their numbers pale compared to the number of people who went out on to the streets of Hong Kong this afternoon to protest against the government's proposed extradition bill (which involves extraditions to Mainland China).
The organizer's of today's protest march estimate that over 1 million people turned up today to make clear their objections to the proposed extradition bill. For my part, I can report that it took me close to six hours to walk along a route that I've done in a much shorter time because I saw an unprecedented amount of people out on the streets along with me this afternoon -- including a number of friends, and their friends and relatives -- all of whom clearly care very much about Hong Kong.
More later tomorrow. In the meantime, I need time to rest and process what I've seen and experienced today. At the same time, I know already to want to say thank you very much to those who made the effort to go out and take part in today's protests: one that was phenomenally large and that I truly hope will make a positive difference.