Thousands of protesters descended upon police headquarters on Wednesday night, in another spontaneous demonstration by anti-extradition law activists.

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During a mass rally in Central organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, activists Baggio Leung, Tony Chung and Joe Yeung called upon protesters to surround Wan Chai’s police base, in a repeat of scenes from last Friday.

The protesters – many clad in black and facemasks – chanted “Hong Kong police knowingly break the law.”

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Others shouted “come down” and “come out,” as they called for an investigation into the use of force during the June 12 protests in Admiralty.

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They used barricades and zip ties to block entrances to the police facility.

Photo: Reuters.

Others used tape to cover CCTV cameras around the building’s perimeter.

They also used cones and barricades to halt traffic on nearby roads.

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A banner reading “Release the righteous [arrested protesters!]” was unfurled on the building’s facade.

Earlier on Wednesday, thousands gathered in Edinburgh Place, Central urging G20 leaders to back their demands ahead of the leaders’ summit in Osaka, Japan on Friday.

Photo: CHRF.

”List of demands from the Civil Human Rights Front- Click to view“

1. Complete withdrawal of the extradition bill.

2. Accountability for police’s decision to shoot tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags at protesters on June 12.

3. Release arrested protesters and withdraw all charges.

4. Withdraw all characterisations of the June 12 protest as a “riot.”

5. Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign as Chief Executive.

They wielded signs that read “Free Hong Kong” and “Democracy Now.”

The government proposed legal amendments in February that would enable the chief executive and local courts to handle case-by-case fugitive transfer requests from jurisdictions with no prior agreements, most notably China. Critics have raised concerns over the risk of residents being extradited to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections.

Photo: Ng Tin Hung/CHRF.

Demonstrators are set to rally again on Thursday morning at the justice secretary’s office.

Additional reporting: Jennifer Creery.


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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.