Thousands Protest Police Brutality In Hong Kong, Face Tear Gas


Anti-government demonstrators hold placards as they attend a protest in Hong Kong

Hong Kong: 

Hong Kong riot police fired volleys of tear gas to attempt to disperse thousands of protesters, several wearing now-banned face masks, who converged on the Kowloon harbour front on Sunday to denounce perceived police brutality more than months of unrest.

Police arrived early, warning protesters to leave the tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui, opposite the British colonial-era Peninsula Hotel, forming cordons and blocking visitors on the crucial artery of Nathan Road.

The quantity of protesters had been increasing by the minute, streaming down Nathan Road to the water’s edge, facing the dramatic skyline of Hong Kong island opposite, but several fled immediately after the tear gas and pepper spray have been fired.

Police detained some protesters as they gathered, several yelling profanities whilst police employed loudhailers to warn other people away.

The rallying cry of the protesters was also for the protection of “Muslims, journalists and the men and women”.

A police water cannon fired bursts of blue-dyed water at a smaller group of men and women outdoors a mosque through protests in Tsim Sha Tsui final Sunday, drawing criticism from some in the Muslim neighborhood.

Billy, 26, a salesman, who did not want to give his complete name, stated he turned out on Sunday for the reason that he was angry at the spraying of the mosque.

“Hong Kong men and women, regardless of our religion … we come right here to say no to our totalitarian government,” he told Reuters, adding he wanted to protest peacefully. “I have a small bit of worry … for the reason that our police at times they are uncontrollable and they threaten the security of our men and women.”

Cindy Chu, 65, a retired nurse, stated the police employed to be a force for great.

“It really is so easy. They are disturbing the Hong Kong men and women,” she stated. “And what for? What authority do they have to do that? It really is Hong Kong, not China.”


Police officers stand guard through anti-government protest in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui

Chu stated she was there to help journalists. When asked if she genuinely wanted to give her complete name, she stated: “I am not afraid. If Hong Kong men and women are afraid of items like that, then the ending is not great.”

Pro-democracy activists have in current weeks attacked police with petrol bombs and rocks and slashed one particular officer in the neck with a knife. Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and occasional reside rounds, wounding numerous protesters and a handful of journalists.

Police deny accusations of brutality, saying they have shown restraint in life-threatening conditions. There had been a week-extended lull in clashes.

Protesters are angry about what they see as creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997 beneath a “one particular nation, two systems” formula intended to assure freedoms that are not enjoyed on the mainland.

China denies meddling. It has accused foreign governments, such as the United States and Britain, of inciting the unrest.

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