The protests began in early June in opposition to a controversial bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China but have since extended to more ambitious demands like universal suffrage. The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, has shelved the extradition bill
but not formally withdrawn it.
The government on Sunday night condemned the unrest, saying in a statement that “blatant violation of law, wanton destruction of public peace and violent attacks on the police will harm Hong Kong’s society, economy and our people’s livelihood.”
“Such acts have already gone far beyond the limits of peaceful and rational protests for which the government and general public will not condone under any circumstances,” the statement added. “Otherwise they will push Hong Kong into a very dangerous situation.”
While the vast majority of the city remains safe, the protests have affected daily life in many popular areas — especially on weekends.
began in Mong Kok, one of the world’s most densely populated places
, and made their way to the popular shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui, which wasn’t on the protest route approved by authorities. Some demonstrators also attempted to block the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, a vital traffic hub connecting Hong Kong Island to Kowloon.