Harcourt Road re-opened to trafficBusiness | 17 Jun 2019 11:23 am
Harcourt Road reopened for traffic again today around 11:00 am after the remaining protesters left the area, RTHK reports.
They had stayed on after yesterday's massive march that drew nearly 2 million people on to the streets against the government's extradition bill.
Some of the protesters voluntarily cleared the barricades they had put up as police stayed on the sidelines after an earlier attempt failed.
An RTHK reporter said a group of 200 police – both plainclothes and uniformed – slowly walked down Harcourt Road at 7:15am and stopped at barricades set up by protesters.
A police spokeswoman appealed to the protesters to quietly leave the area, but they responded with slogans, calling for people arrested during Wednesday's protest to be freed and for an end to political prosecutions.
They also called for the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to completely scrap the extradition bill and come out and speak to them directly.
Police said they are just inviting people to leave the occupied roads ahead of the morning rush hour to continue their protest in areas not blocking traffic.
After 45 minutes of failed negotiations, police left Harcourt Road still occupied by protesters.
But Lung Wo Road and Queensway were cleared and are open to traffic. Several bus routes have been suspended or diverted.