As it happened: ‘about 800,000’ join Hong Kong protest on eve of six-month anniversary of anti-government unrest

  • Mass march from Victoria Park to Central draws hundreds of thousands, organisers estimate, as they call time on the action
  • Police say turnout peaked at 183,000

Topic |   Hong Kong protests

Tensions are escalating at an anti-government march on Sunday, with the stand-off between protesters and Hong Kong police continuing into the evening at a road junction beyond the approved end point of the procession in Central.

Hundreds of thousands of people set off from Causeway Bay at around 3pm, and the tail of the procession was still stuck in the same district roughly three hours later.

The huge turnout was expected at the march, which is being held a day before the city marks six months since a mass protest on June 9 raised the curtain on this year's anti-government unrest.

Police said just hours before the march they had arrested 11 people and seized a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, as well as other weapons they feared could be used during the rally, which is supposed to end at Chater Road in Central.

For comprehensive look at the day's events, read our wrap here

Reporting by Phila Siu, Albert Han, Kinling Lo, Karen Zhang, Karen Yeung, Tony Cheung, Ng Kang-chung, Alvin Lum and Danny Mok