HONG KONG - Tens of thousands of protesters of all ages returned to the streets of Hong Kong island Sunday afternoon despite a police ban on an anti-government march.
Sunday marks the fourth time police banned a march by Civil Human Rights Front, a broad-based democracy umbrella group whose events have regularly drawn hundreds of thousands.
Protesters made demands from leader Carrie Lam as they marched from the Causeway Bay shopping district past the government complex to the Central district.
The three-kilometre stretch of Sunday's march has been the site of dozens of demonstrations since the protest movement began in early June. While the march was largely peaceful, by the early evening a small group of protesters had begun to deface a subway station near government offices.
Last week Lam made a major concession to protesters, offering to withdraw a legislative bill that ignited the protest movement three months ago, but she has failed to meet any other demands including electoral reform and independent inquiry into police violence.