Hong Kong Protesters Clean the Streets ‘Spotless’ After 2 Million-Strong Demonstration

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 26, 2019

The largest protest in Hong Kong history succeeded, and the incredibly civil Hong Kong protesters cleaned the streets before dispersing, leaving them spotless.

Two million protesters brought Hong Kong to a standstill over the weekend in opposition to Beijing’s proposed new “extradition law,” which is said to be an “erosion” of the rights of Hongkongers.

The protest ended when Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam gave in partially to their demands by putting the new bill on indefinite hold. The protesters have also called for her to resign.

Meanwhile, the extraordinary gathering has garnered praise for their polite protest.

Garbage bags in hand, many of them spent the night picking up after the mass demonstration, leaving the streets spotless the next morning.

“Occupiers are doing one last sweep for rubbish,” wrote author Kong Tsung-gan early Monday morning, via Twitter. “Two million people marched here yesterday, it was occupied all night, and there isn’t a scrap of rubbish on the road.”

Ennie Chan, who witnessed the same thing, told the Independent, “I was there and I saw everything … I saw young people holding different bags to take trash away last night. There were a lot of people clearing rubbish.”

Lam had issued an apology for Hong Kong’s response to the demonstrations and for how the controversial bill was handled. A similar demonstration last week saw 1 million people take to the streets and resulted in 72 people being admitted to hospital after police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets at protesters.

Protesters gather outside the Legislative Council building as they demonstrate against the now-suspended extradition bill on June 16, 2019, in Hong Kong. (©Getty Images | Carl Court)

Hongkongers are also demanding an apology from the police.

Moreover, protesters want the extradition bill thrown out completely, not simply delayed.

“Suspending the law but not canceling it is like holding a knife over someone’s head and saying, ‘I’m not going to kill you now.’ But you could do it any time,” Betty, a recent high school graduate, told The Guardian. “We’re fighting for our freedom.”

Protesters block roads with barricades during clashes with police after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. (©Getty Images | ISAAC LAWRENCE)

Meanwhile, Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang insists the protests were part of a foreign plot.

“Many facts have shown that foreign governments and even some politicians have been making inflammatory remarks since the decision of the Hong Kong government to start amending the extradition ordinance in February,” said Kang via CNA.

The extradition law would allow Beijing to take Hong Kong suspects to mainland China to face China’s opaque, communist-controlled court system. Critics say this fatally subverts the rights of Hongkongers.

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Hong Kong’s new chief executive Carrie Lam (L) during their meeting in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017. (©Getty Images | BILLY H.C. KWOK/AFP)

Still more stirring scenes were observed from the gathering over the weekend. Witnesses were impressed by the level of civility shown during the demonstrations.

“I heard that someone had fallen ill ahead of us,” Cathy, a protester, told Daily Mail. “The ambulance arrived and there was a protester separating the crowd and asking people to move to the side of the road.

“There was no chaos at all. Everyone was so polite and organized.

“I was so touched. We are definitely not rioters!”

Another Twitter user called it “the most beautiful scene in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong protesters make way for an ambulance

Incredible footage from Hong Kong, where the huge crowd of protesters parted to allow an ambulance through.An apology from Hong Kong's leader for her handling of a controversial extradition bill has failed to defuse citizen unrest and anger, with calls for a strike to follow massive street protests.Nearly 2 million of the city's 7 million people turned out on Sunday, according to estimates by protest organisers. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the "peak period" of the march.A week earlier as many as 1 million demonstrated to voice their concern over the bill, which would allow people to be extradited to China to face criminal proceedings there, raising fears of human rights abuses.Read more: https://7news.link/D6xXooVideo: @sanzhao4 on Twitter#HappeningNow | #7NEWS

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A high school student who wished to remain anonymous shared a similar account to The Independent, “Yesterday’s protest was beautiful. The protesters were really polite.

“There were many older protesters as well—if they felt unwell, people around them would hold them up, offer water or bread, and tell others to be careful.

“It got pretty hot and stuffy whenever we had to wait in the same space for a while. When they saw small kids they helped fan them to cool them down.”