The anger lingers and will erupt againLocal | 12 Jun 2019 7:20 pm
The state of the legislative process remained unclear following the violence, which had largely ended by about 5 p.m. after police herded demonstrators across a pedestrian bridge.
Traffic in one of the busiest parts of the city remained blocked, however, and several hundred protesters seemed in no hurry to leave.
Earlier in the day, protesters said they hoped the blockade would persuade the Carrie Lam administration to shelve the proposed amendments to the fugitives law.
“We want the government to just set the legislation aside and not bring it back,” said a protester who gave only his first name, Marco, to avoid possible repercussions from authorities.
“Most of these protesters don’t expect the government to compromise. They just want to express their own opinions,” said Joseph Cheng, a long-time observer of Chinese and Hong Kong politics now retired from the City University of Hong Kong.
“The anger is still there and the anger will burst again at the next opportunity,” Cheng said.