18 Aug 2019

‘1.7 million’ take part in Hong Kong protests

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

In Hong Kong, protest organisers say 1.7 million people took part in today’s pro-democracy rally almost as many as the march in June, at the start of the demonstrations.

Protesters were undeterred by torrential rain, a police ban on marching, and the large Chinese paramilitary presence that remains stationed just across the border. So is Beijing really prepared to take a stronger approach to supressing civil unrest in the semi-autonomous region?

Our Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Jonathan Miller, reports from Hong Kong.