Hong Kong leader condemns London protester 'attack' on minister

16 Novembre, 2019, 10:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A man being beaten up after getting into an argument during a demonstration of office workers and protesters in Central in Hong Kong yesterday. The city's government confirmed yesterday that the police force would get reinforcements from 100 member

As of Friday, almost half of the Taiwanese student body attending universities in Hong Kong have returned to their home state, according to a November 15 announcement from Taipei. A few on ladders with binoculars kept watch over the road.

"In the face of the inconvenience we have caused to the elderly and other young people, we have made a decision to take the initiative to show our goodwill", one masked protester said.

The week has seen a marked intensification of the violence.

A 70-year-old cleaner who was believed to have been hit in the head during a skirmish between protesters and residents died Thursday evening, the Hospital Authority confirmed.

Earlier in the week, a protester was shot by police and a man was set on fire following a dispute with protesters.

Speaking at an global conference, he said, "We will continue to firmly support the chief executive in leading the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to govern in accordance with the law, firmly support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law, and firmly support the Hong Kong judicial bodies in severely punishing the violent criminals in accordance with the law".

"We also warn the radical protesters: You are on the edge of doom". He is in stable condition.

"We will provide ongoing support to students if they wish to stay in Hong Kong".

Police said the Chinese University had been "taken hostage". But anger against the police has been growing, with many accusing them of using excessive force against protesters.

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China denies interfering and has blamed Western countries for stirring up trouble.

Cheng, whose department is in charge of prosecuting protesters who have filled city streets for months, is the first senior Hong Kong official to be injured in scuffles since the unrest began in June.

Hong Kong's justice secretary Teresa Cheng speaks to the media at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on January 24, 2018, after answering lawmakers' questions about illegal structures found at some of the properties she owns. But China called it an "appalling attack" and accused Britain of fuelling the protest movement.

"We express strong indignation and unequivocally condemn the activists", the embassy said in a statement.

It added: "Now, they are taking such violence overseas and into the UK".

A spokesman said it would pay travel costs, adding: 'Many universities in Hong Kong have suspended operations due to the situation.

Activists saw the bill as another sign of an erosion in Hong Kong's autonomy and civic freedoms, which China promised would be maintained for 50 years under a "one nation, two systems" principle when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997.

A demonstrator who wished to be anonymous told Sky News the incident was an overreaction by the Hong Kong government.

The demonstrations have battered the retail and tourism sectors, with widespread disruptions across the financial center and no end in sight to the violence and vandalism.



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