Friday, 23 August, 2019

Clashes break out after another mass rally in Hong Kong

A butcher on Saturday at Sha Tin market where in the past week the price for pork reached HK$4,400 per picul a traditional Chinese unit of about 60 kilogrammes Tensions Mount in Hong Kong as Protesters Call for Chief Executive Carrie Lam's Resignation
Patty Aguilar | 16 July, 2019, 17:19

There have been precedents in Hong Kong for top leaders stepping down following public protests. This has to be done now to set the precedent for the future of the relationship between Hong Kong and China before too much is eroded. Using a battering ram to enter the offices, the protestors sprayed graffiti all over the walls, displayed the British-colonial era flag, and called for the resignation of Mrs. Carrie Lam.

Travellers are advised to check in for flights early to be on the safe side.

Millions have taken to the streets over the past month to protest a bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

Critics say the move would undermine the legal "firewall" between two very different political and judicial systems and likely call into question Hong Kong's status as a separate trading port. Opponents of a proposed Hong Kong extradition law have begun a protest march, adding to an outpouring of complaints the territory's pro-Beijing government is eroding its freedoms and autonomy.

The demonstration in the town of Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, started peacefully but progressed into scuffles and shouting.

The police used pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the global hub.

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Police Chief Stephen Lo said late on Sunday more than 40 people were arrested on charges including assaulting police and illegal assembly.

At least seven police officers and an unknown number of protesters were injured following clashes in the city where demonstrators held a march demanding the government officially withdraw a controversial extradition bill that has caused mass protests throughout the island since early June, South China Morning Post reported.

Riot police then rushed the mall, hitting the protesters with batons and using pepper spray.

It said that during the last 18 months it had arrested 126 mainland visitors suspected of infringing the terms of their stay by engaging in parallel trading, and barred about 5,000 mainland Chinese also suspected of involvement.

Opposition lawmakers and district councillors criticised the police for their strategy, asking why they had initially blocked protesters from heading to the MTR station that is linked to the mall. She has made many promises, but she has not been able to fulfil them.

Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a regular press conference on Monday that he has never heard of the report claiming Lam had expressed her intention to resign "on several occasions" with her requests denied. She said the rally was peaceful during the day but degenerated later into acts that "dealt a direct blow to the rule of law" in Hong Kong. "People just surrounded me and shouted rude language and that makes me feel I am living in fear". In the future, Police would enhance communication with the media and relevant training for Police officers. It promised "appropriate follow-up actions" for complaints of mistreatment.

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