Frontline protesters in Hong Kong; photo: Lam Yik Fei

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests 2019–2020

As of July 7, 2020, 15,246,481 protesters have taken part in 1,096 protests

This is a follow-up to an article that tracked protests and protest-related arrests in the Hong Kong freedom struggle up through November 20, 2019. That article has been split in two, with this one following protests and another following arrests. The information here will be updated regularly.

Where possible, the crowd counts or estimates below come from protest organizers. But as the protests have gone on, there has been an increasing number of protests with no organizers. In such cases, estimates by news organizations are used. For protests at which I myself was present and no credible counts or estimates by protest organizers or news organizations were available, I myself have made the estimate or count. An increasing number of protests have no organizers, no estimates by news organizations of the number of participants, and I myself wasn’t present. In these cases, a rough estimate is given, of hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands, based on video footage, photographs, and reports. These estimates are not added to the overall total of protesters.

Below are 1) an interactive map of the protests, 2) a table of the protests by size, 3) a table of the protests by month, 4) a chronological list of the protests, 5) a list of protests by area, 6) a list ranking areas according to number of protests, and 7) a list of protests that have been banned, terminated, attacked, hindered or otherwise prevented from occurring by the police and governmental authorities.

This interactive map of the protests is color-coded: black- over 1 million protesters; orange- 500,000 to 999,999; yellow- 100,000 to 499,999; fuchsia- 10,000 to 99,999; purple- 1,000 to 9,999; green- 100 to 999; brown- under 100. The map can also be viewed here.

The below table is color-coded, corresponding to the map above: black-over one million protesters; orange-500,000 to 999,999; yellow-100,000–499,999; fuchsia-10,000,99,999; purple-1,000–9,999; green-100–999; brown-under 100.

Author of ‘Umbrella: A Political Tale from Hong Kong’ and ‘As long as there is resistance, there is hope: Essays on the Hong Kong freedom struggle…’

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