Hong Kong govt: Violence is harmful, won’t solve divisions

16 Septembre, 2019, 09:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Hong Kong govt: Violence is harmful, won’t solve divisions

Police responded by firing volleys of tear gas and spraying protesters with chemical-laced water as well as a blue liquid that helps them identify offenders.

Ms Chow, a 24-year-old registered nurse, told HKFP that she had attended most weekend rallies and wanted to do so again on Sunday to mark the International Day of Democracy.

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The tumult came just over two weeks before a major political moment on October 1: the 70th anniversary of modern China's founding.

As Beijing and local city leaders doubled down, the protests rapidly snowballed into a much wider anti-government movement.

On Saturday, at least 20 people suffered from injuries during clashes between protesters and government supporters at various shopping malls, according to RTHK.

The spark for the protests was planned legislation, now withdrawn, that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The protests have since broadened into other demands including universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into allegations of excessive force by the police.

An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a demonstration near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Protesters also took down and set on fire a large red banner commemorating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Chinese regime's founding. Police arrested a young protester in black, but let go of a white-shirted man who was in a fight with him after taking down the latter's ID information. As nightfall approached, the scene had descended into a pitched street battle. During the retreat, some protesters built roadblocks in the Wan Chai neighborhood and set a fire outside an entrance to its train station.

Hong Kong govt: Violence is harmful, won’t solve divisions

The MTR Corporation, the city's metro operator, also expressed regret over what it called "malicious vandalism" in multiple subway stations and warned of legal consequences for such acts. In familiar scenes, some protesters smashed glass windows and surveillance cameras at a subway station exit. "If they have conscience, they would have watched the news and seen how people got beaten and understood our perspective".

More than 1,300 people have been arrested since the disturbances began.

Hong Kong island was granted to Britain "in perpetuity" in 1842 at the end of the First Opium War.

Earlier Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved British flags, sang "God Save the Queen" and chanted "U.K. save Hong Kong" outside the British Consulate as they stepped up calls for global support for their campaign.

A journalist from local tabloid Apple Daily said she suffered a minor hand injury after a man struck her hand while trying to snatch her phone away from her, RTHK reported.

Police had turned down the march permit, but the demonstrators were undeterred, as they have been all summer. But the police rejected the request, citing concerns for public safety, and the group officially canceled the march.

But many protesters have been ignoring such bans for weeks now. "They say they want to put a stop to violence and chaos ... but we now see that what Hong Kong needs is to curb police violence and the gangsters' chaos".

Sunday's march followed days of smaller pro-democracy rallies around the city, including a politically tinged light display that coincided with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a Chinese holiday that celebrates the harvest and normally features colorful lanterns.

Ms. Cheng, the environmental educator, said that the turnout at the march did not reflect the full range of participation in the pro-democracy movement.

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