IN PHOTOS: Hong Kong residents clean up amid protests


Posted at Jun 18 2019 11:12 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2019 11:41 PM

A contentious extradition bill that would allow people in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China has alarmed the residents of the Special Administrative Region. 

Over the past 10 days, Hong Kong residents, numbering nearly 2 million according to organizers, gathered en masse on the streets of the former British Crown colony to call not only for the junking of the controversial bill but also the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam as one of the proponents of the bill.

People around the world have thrown their support for the protesters, applauding them for standing up for what they believe in and not allowing to be cowed by their government.

However, that is not the only praise Hong Kong residents have received. People have complimented them for returning in the middle of the night and the following day to clean up all the trash left behind by the mass action.

People who participated in the protests have also been commended for letting public utility vehicles through particularly when the crowd parted to let an ambulance pass.

Hong Kong resident Mary Hui said in a tweet “Hong Kong is beautiful. Of course these protesters love their city. Of course they've come back to pick up the rubbish.”

A man walks alone on an empty road near the Legislative Council after protesters continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, June 17, 2019. Hong Kong police announced that they want to clear the streets of protesters Monday morning. Soon after, police lined up several officers deep and faced off against several hundred demonstrators on a street in central Hong Kong. Vincent Yu, AP

People clean up debris near the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China on Monday. Athit Perwaongmetha, Reuters

Protesters give way for an ambulance during a demonstration near the Wan Chai police headquarters in Hong Kong, on Sunday in this still image taken from a social media video on June 18, 2019. Pang Kk via Reuters

A small crowd returns outside the government offices to clean up the trash left behind. Courtesy of Mary Hui

Volunteers clean debris from a park near the government headquarters a day after a violent demonstration against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on Thursday. Anthony Wallace, AFP

Demonstrators clean a street they occupied in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal. Hector Retamal, AFP

Protesters stand back to allow buses to drive past as they rally against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of protesters choked Hong Kong's streets for a second straight on June 16 in a defiant rebuke of a reviled extradition law, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader despite a weekend climbdown. Anthony Wallace, AFP

Protesters clean up the main road near the Legislative Council after protesters staged a massive protest against an extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday. Vincent Yu, AP

Protesters can be seen cleaning and picking up trash left after the protests. Courtesy of Mary Hui

A protester cleans up the main road near the Legislative Council after protesters numbering almost 2 million according to organizers staged a massive protest against an extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday. Vincent Yu, AP