Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched peacefully through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, the 11th weekend in a row of anti-government demonstrations.
Heavy rain fell on the protesters, but the size of the crowd showed the movement aimed at easing Beijing's control of the territory still has wide public support.
The Civil Human Rights Front, the driving force behind the protests throughout the summer, called for a "rational, non-violent" demonstration on Sunday. Protesters had previously clashed with police in the streets during other weekend protests and for two days last week at Hong Kong's international airport, leading to the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights.
"Peace is the No. 1 priority today," Kiki Ma, a 28-year-old accountant told the Associated Press. "We want to show that we aren't like the government." Umbrella-carrying demonstrators chanted, "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong."
The demonstrations began as peaceful protests to stop an extradition bill that allowed for sending criminal suspects to Mainland China for trial. The extradition bill has been suspended, but the protests continue as Hong Kong residents worry about the erosion of freedoms guaranteed under the "one country, two systems" mandate that has been in place since the territory's return from British control.
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