Fifteen years ago, angry protesters were driven by multiple frustrations, from the national security bill to the Sars outbreak and a gloomy economy. Some former allies, he said, no longer called for democracy in Hong Kong and had come to believe that breaking away from China was the only solution for the city. China arrests activist who criticised Xi over virus: rights group. Overseas, protests were being staged in more than 20 cities worldwide. He said he was moved when he saw scores of Hongkongers returning to Victoria Park — the starting point of the march — on Sunday. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories. Four days after that march, however, the government did back down and shelved the bill. Many protesters told the Post they were pessimistic that the bill would be halted.