Hong Kong police fired tear gas after protesters gathered in Causeway Bay to rally against the looming national security law announced earlier this week by Beijing.
Thousands of demonstrators convened at SOGO department store in Causeway Bay at around 1pm on Sunday and began marching to Wan Chai’s Southorn Playground.
In response, police fired tear gas at the crossroads of Hennessy Road and Percival Street, and near the Hysan Place mall.
It was the largest protests since the Covid-19 outbreak, despite social distancing rules – limiting groups to eight people – remaining in place.
Demonstrators chanted “Free Hong Kong,” and “Hong Kong independence is the only way out,” during the largest march since the Covid-19 outbreak.
Such slogans could become illegal when the national security law – which is likely to target secession, subversion, and terrorism – kicks in.
Riot police earlier raised blue banners calling on protesters to disperse after arresting People Power Vice-chair Tam Tak-chi.
Masked protesters smashed the windows of fashion boutique A Bathing Ape – belonging to Hong Kong conglomerate I.T, whose owner is accused of being pro-Beijing. Demonstrators pulled mannequins out from its window display, using them as makeshift roadblocks.