Thousands in HK protest march
In the lead-up to the protest, pro-Beijing groups tried to disrupt the plans: “There were attempts to scupper the march entirely, according to its organisers, the Civil Human Rights Front.
Computers hackers used one of the Front’s addresses to send out emails headed: ‘Urgent: July 1 rally will be postponed to July 4 due to bad weather,’ the group said.”
Former Legislative Council member Christine Loh wrote about the march in her Civic Exchange newsletter: “The mood at the rally today was a mixture of lightness, hope and resolve.
The significance of the 1 July 2004 rally is that Hong Kong has a people’s movement. The people want not only a better economy but also universal suffrage and for their views to be heard and respected by the authorities. ”