Many of us in today's crowd who are determined to persist until our five demands are met would not argue if the protest march attendance figures were actually closer to 1 million (and it might well be so since the official numbers apparently exclude those who joined the march closer to the heart of Causeway Bay or decided to leave east of Central). After all, there were lots of people near the march starting point (i.e., Victoria Park) at around 4.30pm, when it was announced that the head of the march had already reached the scheduled end destination (Chater Garden) a number of kilometers away! And aerial views courtesy of video clips like this and photographs like this and this should only add fuel to that impression.
For those who welcome getting views from within a massive protest march instead or also, here's sharing a few of the photos I took this afternoon as I walked from Victoria Park (which I entered around 2.55pm) to the area around Chater Garden (which I reached at around 7.20pm -- close to four and half hours later!). And while I do wish I had encountered Doraemon and a host of other interesting characters at today's march, I still had quite the experience -- not least because it really is quite the thing to behold the resolve and unity of so many seekers of justice and democracy, a good number of whom I have no doubt that I've been marching on the same route multiple times over the past few months...
It took me about 50 minutes to get onto the road from
Victoria Park to properly begin the march this afternoon!
Family groups with young kids is a regular Hong Kong protest
sight; more unusual is people dressed for cold weather! :D
Checking out a hand-written sign of solidarity with other peoples
point in the protest where blocked roads ahead caused us
to stand with (the rest of) Hong Kong for up to an hour!
After a short route detour prompted by fears of an impending
tear gas buffet courtesy of the riot police, I rejoined the march
further down Hennessy Road as the sun began to set
Nightfall and we were just really getting going!
Mobile phone light show while marching through Wan Chai
the local constabulary these days cannot be underemphasized...
...and justice against police brutality really is a key demand
of Hong Kong protesters, and has been since June 12th