July 1 march

July 1 march

The annual July 1 march in Hong Kong marks the handover of the British colony to Beijing that took place in 1997. The  peaceful demonstration has become a rallying point for pro-democracy activists. The march captured the public's attention in 2003, when half a million marched, angered by proposed national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law.

‘We don’t want Hong Kong independence’: July 1 march organisers refuse to side with localists

Colonial-era flags fly on the July 1 march, a symbol of calls for Hong Kong independence. Photo: Felix Wong

The organisers of the annual Hong Kong July 1 pro-democracy rally have distanced themselves from localists advocating independence from China for the city. Daisy Chan Sin-ying, convener of the Civil Human Rights Front which organised the march, said the group did not think that Hong Kong should seek independence.

Thursday, 2 July, 2015, 5:12pm 39 comments

Protest fatigue and lack of clear goal blamed for slump in Hong Kong July 1 rally turnout

Protesters on their way to the government offices. Organisers said 48,000 rallied; police said the number peaked at 19,650. Photo: Sam Tsang

The turnout for the July 1 rally for democracy yesterday plunged to the lowest since 2008, with observers and marchers blaming protest fatigue and the lack of an obvious goal after the rejection of the government's electoral reform package.

2 Jul 2015 - 11:54am 14 comments

A multitude of views on display at Hong Kong's July 1 march

Pro-democracy activists in Victoria Park unfurl a flag outlining their five main demands before yesterday's protest march which featured a range of causes. Photo: May Tse

The turnout was far smaller than normal - perhaps a sign protest fatigue had set in after last year's Occupy sit-ins and last month's decision by lawmakers to reject the government's model for the 2017 chief executive election.

2 Jul 2015 - 7:01pm 1 comment

Critics have harsh words for Hong Kong's democracy march and rally

Critics have harsh words for Hong Kong's democracy march and rally

While thousands flocked to Victoria Park yesterday to participate in the annual pro-democracy rally and march, there was no shortage of harsh words from their opponents.

Some dismissed it as "pointless". Others said they were fed up with the seemingly endless protests of the past year and wanted harmony.

2 Jul 2015 - 7:30pm 37 comments

Why Hongkongers still join July 1 march after Beijing-backed election plan was rejected

Why Hongkongers still join July 1 march after Beijing-backed election plan was rejected

Observers said the turnout for this year's July 1 pro-democracy march - the first since last year's Occupy sit-ins - appeared to be the lowest for some years, with some blaming protest fatigue and the lack of an obvious goal after the government's political reform plan was rejected. (Photo: SCMP's May Tse) 


2 Jul 2015 - 12:52pm

Tired of protest and conflict, Hongkongers give July 1 pro-democracy march the cold shoulder

Crowds gather at the July 1 march. Photo: Sam Tsang

As thousands of Hong Kong protesters flocked to Victoria Park for the July 1 pro-democracy march, some chose to give the annual ritual the cold shoulder.

Some dismissed the march as “pointless”, while others said they were fed up with seemingly endless protests in Hong Kong and wanted harmony.

1 Jul 2015 - 8:59pm 2 comments

July 1 march concludes, with turnout at lowest level since 2008

Crowds build along the route. Photo: Felix Wong

Organisers say just 48,000 people joined today's annual July 1 march, the lowest turnout for the annual pro-democracy rally since 2008. The last of the marchers have now arrived at the rallying point at government headquarters in Admiralty, close to the site of the main Occupy sit-in last year.

2 Jul 2015 - 1:33am 12 comments

July 1 march organisers urge Hongkongers to fight for democracy in show of people power

Protesters demand universal suffrage for Hong Kong during last year's July 1 march. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The organiser of the annual July 1 march appears to have switched emphasis to add "regaining Hong Kong's autonomy" as a theme of this year's event.

29 May 2015 - 8:49am 15 comments

Hong Kong police receive five complaints over handling of July 1 rally, sit-in

Police officers remove protesters during the sit-in at Chater Road. Photo: David Wong

The police have received five complaints about officers’ behaviour during the July 1 march and an overnight sit-in that followed, the police watchdog says.

4 Sep 2014 - 1:51pm 1 comment

Hong Kong police's harassment of protesters tarnishes good name of Asia's 'finest'

The police denied they used excessive force while trying to break up the sit-in protest. Photo: Reuters

The Hong Kong Police Force has been hailed as Asia's finest. But does it still warrant the title, given the heavy-handed way in which it recently dealt with peaceful protesters?

11 Jul 2014 - 2:06am 14 comments

Students blast police for 'mainland terminology' used by officers during Chater Road sit-in

A member of the Federation of Students holds up a photograph of a police officer grabbing a protester's face during the sit-in on Chater Road. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A leading student group has criticised police officers for using a mainland-style phrase to describe the sit-in on Chater Road which followed the July 1 pro-democracy march.

8 Jul 2014 - 4:01pm 21 comments

My seven hours on July 1 march was worth it for Hong Kong

Protesters march on the streets to demand universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

I went on the democracy march on Tuesday, start to finish, from Holding Pen No. 1 in Victoria Park to the corner of Pedder Street and Des Voeux Road in Central, where one of the marshals said that was enough.

6 Jul 2014 - 3:47am 37 comments

'Send me back to jail', says Long Hair as pan-democrats surrrender to police over July 1 march

Members of Labour Party (from 2nd left) Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Tam Chun-yin, Lee Cheuk-yan, Kwok Wing-kin, Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, and others surrender themselves to the police at the police headquarters in Wan Chai. Photo: Bruce Yan

Leading pan-democrats protested about arrests linked to the July 1 march - by handing themselves in to the police. They offered to "confess their crimes" and called on others to follow their example.

6 Jul 2014 - 3:26pm 53 comments

Organisers of July 1 democracy rally claim their arrests are 'political persecution'

Members of Civil Human Rights Front protest at police headquarters in Hong Kong on July 3 following arrests of fellow members. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Five members of July 1 march organiser the Civil Human Rights Front arrested yesterday for leading the democracy rally at a snail's pace denounced the police action as "political persecution".

5 Jul 2014 - 4:17am 67 comments

Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong sit-in was waste of police resources

Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong sit-in was waste of police resources

Hongkongers should ask whether a sit-in protest staged on Chater Road in Central after the annual July 1 march was "a waste of police resources", Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said.

4 Jul 2014 - 8:02am 14 comments