Nearly 800,000 attend HK Human Rights Day rally Dec 09, 2019 0 608 12345 DPAHong KongOrganisers say 800,000 demonstrators filled the streets of Hong Kong Island on Sunday for a Human Rights Day march, the first major anti-government protest to be sanctioned by police in months.Black-clad demonstrators of all ages called attention to the unmet demands of the Hong Kong protests that have rocked the city for several months. The march coincided with the six-month mark since over 1 million people first took to the streets against a now-defunct bill that would have allowed Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to mainland China. It is the first major demonstration since the pro-democracy camp won a landslide victory in district council elections at the end of last month.The march remained peaceful during the day, with riot police and water cannons on standby nearby.As night fell, tensions rose in Causeway Bay, near where the march began, and near its end in Central, as front-line protesters in full gear strayed from the approved route to set up makeshift barricades on adjacent streets.Police stated via Facebook that some “violent protesters” vandalised banks and shops in Causeway Bay and the nearby district Wan Chai.A stand-off in Central between protesters and police dissipated after a representative of march organisers CHRF lambasted police for threatening to use force during a sanctioned march. Demonstrators adopted creative means of expression; some played the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” on the violin and ukulele, while dozens of employees from a local radio station donned eclectic, homemade masks depicting frogs and pigs - both icons of the Hong Kong protests. A masked protester named Brian Lai attributed the jubilant mood at the march to the elections, calling the outcome “a step towards democratic progress and a big cheer for protesters.” However, a female protester called Chan said that she did not feel optimistic because there had been “no structural change within the government.” Chan said that sanctions legislation like the US Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is the only way to push for real change.“We do not have the authority to push them to listen to what we want, but ... other countries can definitely impact Beijing or the presidency’s actions,” she said. Earlier in the day, Hong Kong police arrested 11 people for “possession of a firearm without a licence.” It was the first time police had alleged that an illegal firearm was confiscated for intended use in a protest. A Glock pistol and more than 100 bullets were seized during the operation. RELATED ARTICLES Iran’s Rouhani unveils ‘budget of resistance’ against US sanctions Dec 09, 2019 0 642 Air strikes kill five pro-Iran fighters in Syria: Monitor Dec 09, 2019 0 171 Protests grip Iraq’s capital and south despite rising toll Dec 09, 2019 0 169 UN forces thwart an attempted attack on base in eastern Congo Kinshasa: UN forces have managed to thwart an attempted attack on one of their bases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN’s MONUSCO peace-keeping mission said on Sunday. UN blue helmets repelled an attempted .. N Korea says it conducted ‘a very important test,’ state media reports Seoul: Pyongyang has carried out “a very important test” at its the Sohae Launch Facility, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Sunday. The report said that the country’s Academy of the National Defence .. Body of slain beloved doctor arrives in Japan after Afghan shooting Narita: The body of Tetsu Nakamura, a beloved Japanese doctor who was shot to death in Afghanistan after decades of his earnest support for the country, was brought back to Japan on Sunday. A plane carrying his body landed .. Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack AFP Gaza City Israeli aircraft carried out attacks in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip early on Sunday, Palestinian security officials said, hours after militants in the enclave launched three rockets at the Jewish .. Senior Iraqi security officer sacked after deadly Baghdad attack Baghdad: An officer in charge of security in the Iraqi capital Baghdad was replaced on Sunday, two days after an attack on anti-government protesters that witnesses said killed at least 16 people. General Abdul Hussein .. 200 displaced Syrians leave overcrowded camp Qamishli: Around 200 Syrian displaced people, mostly women and children, were heading home from an overcrowded desert camp in the northeast of the war-torn country on Sunday, a Kurdish official said. Syria’s Kurds, .. Lebanese Sunni leaders back Hariri to return as PM AFP Beirut Sunni Muslim leaders in protest-wracked Lebanon have thrown their support behind ex-premier Saad Hariri to return to his post a month after he stepped down, a sidelined candidate said on Sunday. Businessman ..