Hong Kong police arrest six at the Kowloon protest

HONG KONG: Police arrested six people during a rally in one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist areas on Sunday, where thousands of protesters tried to raise awareness among visitors to mainland China about the political crisis that has shaken the city.

The organizers of the protest said that 230,000 people marched through the streets of, through the port, from the central business district of Hong Kong, in the latest wave of demonstrations against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to trial. .

The police put the number at 56,000 at its peak.

Chinese censors have worked hard to erase or block news of Hong Kong's largest and most violent protests in decades, amid fears that they could inspire demonstrations across the continent.

The embattled leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, suspended the extradition bill after violent protests last month when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas, but she rejected orders to discard it.

Protests over the bill have now been transformed into requests for Lam to resign, investigations into what some describe as excessive police force and greater democracy.

Hong Kong it has been governed under a formula of one country, two systems since its return from the British government to the Chinese in 1997, allowing freedoms not to be enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest and an independent judiciary.

Critics say the extradition law could threaten Hong Kong's rule of law and its international reputation as an Asian financial hub. Some Hong Kong tycoons have already started moving personal wealth offshore.

The clashes broke out on Sunday when police moved to disperse some activists after they blocked roads after the largely peaceful protest over the bill that has plunged the former British colony into political turmoil.

On July 1, the anniversary of Hong Kong 's return to Chinese rule, protesters besieged and ransacked the legislative building in the heart of the city before being driven back by police firing tear gas.