Chang Wai-hung, 47, says he believes the massive turnout for the July 1 march was only the beginning, and more people will take to the streets to vent their rising discontent against the government Ride from Quarry Bay to Hang Hau Cost $93.40 It was a shame that I couldn't join the 500,000 people on that day because I had a shift to do which I couldn't get out of. But I showed my support by dressing in black and decorating my taxi with anti-Article 23 stickers. I thought it was a really proud day for all of us in Hong Kong. We have proved to ourselves and to the rest of the world that we can control our destiny and that we are determined to fight to the end. I was driving on Hong Kong Island that afternoon and I could feel the energy buzzing everywhere I went. Even with the scorching heat, people just didn't seem to care because they believed it was all worth it and they knew they were not only doing it for themselves but were also fighting for their children's future. And, equally important, they were setting an example for their young ones. I was totally impressed by the orderly fashion in which it was conducted. Every one of us should be proud. The whole event was a beautiful display of pride and dignity. Where else in the world would half a million people gather together for a protest and behave in such a peaceful and dignified manner? I think we will see more of these protests in the near future as the government continues to ignore the views of the people. The July 1 march was a strong show of solidarity and it has proved that we are not alone. There are so many people who feel the same way and are willing to stand up and speak out against this administration. I would say the Article 23 controversy is like a blessing in disguise because it has acted as a vital catalyst to create such a strong reaction from the public. Sometimes it takes a negative element to bring out positive results. Without this proposed national security law, the public wouldn't have had a chance to band together and fight for a common goal. I know we still need to fight this piece of legislation, but at the same time I am thankful for the unexpected opportunity. Life is full of surprises. If you asked me last month whether the scene of the 1989 pro-democracy march with one million taking to the streets would be repeated in Hong Kong, I would have dismissed the whole idea. Even with the poor economy and Sars, people were still carrying on, trying to make it through this roller-coaster period. But when things seemed to be looking up a bit and people thought they could have a breather, this insensitive government then decided to bring out this piece of legislation to try to restrict their freedoms. What were they thinking? Can't they see what was happening over the past few months? If they really care about the people and the future of this place, they really have to start running the government with a view from down here, at the community level. They need a better view of reality.