This year, organizers’ estimates are at [400K] (last year they were around 200K).
“An unexpected element…lay in the participation in the march of hundreds of mainland Chinese who carried banners denouncing the confiscation of their farms for government-backed real estate projects in communities near Hong Kong. ‘It is not possible to protest in China, so we come here instead,’ said a middle-aged mainlander” [NYTimes.com]
“A poll released by the University of Hong Kong last week showed mistrust towards Beijing at 37 per cent, a post-handover high, and the number of Hongkongers identifying themselves primarily as citizens of China plunged to a 13-year low in another survey.” [SCMP]
(Though I still don’t understand carrying the old colonial flag?)