Hong Kong's 11th Week of Unrest Culiminates in Large Rally

19 Août, 2019, 20:10 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Hong Kong: Tens of thousands rally despite heavy rain for peaceful protest

Some protesters said on Saturday that they were saving their energy for Sunday, when the pro-democracy Civil Human Rights Front, which organised million-strong peaceful marches in June, has scheduled a rally in Victoria Park, in the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay on Hong Kong island.

Users have discovered that Twitter is running ads from Chinese state media attacking the Hong Kong protesters.

China's State Council has called for greater development of the southern city of Shenzhen and the integration of its culture and economy with neighbouring Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong police have been accused of excessive force after firing tear gas into a crowded subway station, and after an officer allegedly shot a beanbag in the eye of a woman, believed to be a volunteer medic, who could now lose her eye.

A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday under torrential rains in a peaceful demonstration to city leaders that their movement still draws wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.

The recent wave of anti-government protests, sparked by a controversial extradition bill, has prompted widespread criticism of the police for their alleged brutality against protesters.

The two groups lined opposite sides of Granville Street outside the Chinese consulate, with those supportive of Beijing on the side of the consulate, and those supportive of Hong Kong's protesters on the other side of the roadway.

Meanwhile, Vancouver's Chinese Benevolent Association issued a statement Sunday on behalf of its members denouncing violence by "a small number of radical demonstrators" that have disrupted the lives of Hong Kong citizens and visitors.

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Isaac Cheng Ka Long, vice chairman of the pro-democracy party Demosisto, said that it is organizing a mass student strike to further advance the movement. But my son tells me: "After 2047, what will happen to me?", said a history teacher named Poon, referring to the year when the 50-year agreement enshrining Hong Kong's separate system will lapse.

Despite rally organizers not having permission to march, the park could not accommodate the crowd and many headed west towards the city's financial centre, chanting for the city's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, to step down.

The Chinese government hardened its rhetoric following the airport unrest, condemning it as "behaviour that is close to terrorism".

"They're doing their job, but they have received violence", she said.

The HKSAR government and Hong Kong police should "unite and work together" to "implement the law and deal with all illegal things in accordance with the law", Gong said.

Wan also said Chinese state media is reporting inaccurate information about the protests, making it hard for the Chinese community to have a clear view of what is happening.

"Both sides have young people who are very tech savvy, very connected, and they have friends all over the wold", Tiberghien said.

He added that the current generation is much more patriotic and nationalistic than previous ones. "And when you have a hot-button issue like this, I think this is to be expected".

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