Hong Kong Police Seal Off MTR Central Station as Crowd Gathers on Mass Protest Anniversary

Hong Kong police sealed off an entrance to MTR Central Station on June 9 as protesters gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of a mass protest involving hundreds of thousands of people against a now-shelved extradition bill, local media reported.

The extradition law would have allowed criminal suspects to be transferred to mainland China. It was abandoned in October 2019, but not before sparking months of unrest in Hong Kong, where anti-Beijing protests have since flared again over a new national security law.

Local media reported that protesters gathered at Chater Garden and later marched along Queen’s Road Central and nearby streets. Reports said police ran at a crowd along Des Voeux Road.

This video shows a crowd rushing across the street and police yelling as they surround an entrance of MTR Central Station. Local media reported that officers were sealing off the MTR entrance and were stopping and searching some people near the area.

Reports said police used barricades and pepper spray to disperse people near the station, including journalists who were “pulled” out of the station entrance by police. Credit: SocREC via Storyful