Over 10,000 Hong Kongers marched all the way from Central to West Ring on April Fool’s Day, expressing their dissatisfaction over Beijing’s interfering in Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election a week ago, and their urgent appeals to achieve universal suffrage.
Democratic Party Hong Kong (DPHK), Liberal Party, Civic Party, Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), ordinary Hong Kong residents, even mainland residing in HK, participated in today’s marching. The spokesman of Civil Human Rings Front, Lai Yan Ho said there are about 15,000 people participating the protest. The Hong Kong police said about 5,300 protesters joined at its climax.
Conflicts broke out when protesters were passing by the LOCPG’s back gate, and burning paper money for the dead to memorize the death of HK’s democracy. Policemen used fire extinguishers and pepper spray to keep back protesters, some of whom were hit by pepper spray, causing fury among the demonstration.
Demonstrators stuck around the main gate of the LOCPG until late 10 in the afternoon, continuing asking the police to let them get closer to the LOCPG. The request was declined by rows of iron fences to stop them off the main gate. Around 10:30 pm, protesters left, the ground was cleaned out by the police.