Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas Amid Continuing Pro-Democracy Rallies

12 Août, 2019, 14:48 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Protesters responding to tear gas fired by police during a rally in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po area yesterday. Tear gas was even used indoors at a train station in Kwai Fong though it is rare for police to do so. Beijing says criminals and agitators

Demonstrators recently adopted a flash-mob strategy, retreating when pressed by police only to re-emerge at another location. Some face riot charges that carry a prison term of 10 years.

"Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely unsafe tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging", said Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council. The Chinese foreign ministry in Hong Kong declared that those remarks revealed the "dark and twisted side of U.S. psychology".

The protests have morphed into a broader bid to reverse a slide of democratic freedoms in the southern Chinese city.

"Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport".

In one of his posts, the former Hong Kong chief executive said those employees should be fired as they brought political issues into the work place and affected passengers with their political demands.

Cathay's actions, or lack thereof "have led to a severe threat to aviation safety, created negative social impact and increased the risk of flying from Hong Kong to the mainland", the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in its statement.

The police were condemned for heavy-handedness at a news conference by three individuals who said they represented the protesters and reiterated a demand for an independent panel to investigate incidents of excessive force.

The police have arrested some 600 people since the protests began in early June.

"Some violent protesters even hurled petrol bombs, injuring a police officer".

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Beijing told the airline that staff involved in the protests that have gripped Hong Kong for more than two months would be banned from flights to the mainland.

A policeman aims his weapon at protesters in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019.

It would also have a major impact on Beijing's ambitions to reunify the mainland with the democratically-governed island of Taiwan.

The firm is facing a boycott call in China, and its shares dropped more than four per cent in Hong Kong trade on Monday. "For us, it's like, 'Live free or die.' We don't want to live in a world like China now".

Protesters were also on their third and final day of a sit-in at the city's airport that was billed as way to explain their movement to sometimes bemused arriving visitors.

The Chinese authority's order could threaten not only Cathay's direct flights to China but also those to Europe and the US because those routes fly over Chinese airspace, Jefferies Hong Kong Ltd. analyst Andrew Lee wrote in a note to clients.

During a general strike on Monday, more than 100 flights were cancelled because airline and airport employees were participating in the protest.

Protesters continued to spill out into the streets of Hong Kong today as they clashed with riot police who fired tear gas in the 10th week of violent showdowns.

She said that she had lived in Hong Kong and China for two and a half years each, but declined to give her name.

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