Hong Kong police carried out new arrests during protests on Sunday, organized in different neighborhoods by pro-democracy protesters. Security forces stormed a shopping center which protesters had vandalized for supporting the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government. On the other hand, a group of protesters secretly transported a statue that became a symbol of their mobilization on top of an emblematic mountain of the ex-British colony, the “Lion Rock” (495 meters), which dominates the peninsula from Kowloon.
The theme of Saturday’s protests in Hong Kong was to oppose the use of the Emergency Law by the Hong Kong Government, and the enactment of the Anti-Mask Law. Even though the new law has been in force for a week, at least 90 people have been arrested or accused, so far. Most people still wear masks to protest, however. Some people shouted slogans such as “masked no guilty, legislation is unreasonable”, “I have the right to wear a mask”, and “Hong Kong people resist.”
All Chinese companies have suspended their cooperation with the NBA in the wake of a controversial tweet from one of the association’s general managers. However, Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai went on as scheduled, and Saturday’s game between the two teams in Shenzhen will continue as usual as well. At the same time, the attitude of this incident on the Chinese network is one-sided.
The broadcast of NBA games in China was suspended, and an event prior to a preseason game was canceled, following a tweet by a general manager about Hong Kong. Meanwhile, China’s state-run press accuses Apple of supporting the “agitators” by way of a mobile app.
Chinese troops stationed in Hong Kong warned protesters on Sunday when they shone a laser at a garrison in the city, according to Reuters. This was the first direct confrontation between Hong Kong protesters and military forces from the mainland in four months of anti-government protests. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison stationed in Kowloon District, Hong Kong, warned a crowd of several hundred protesters that they might be arrested for shining laser lights on soldiers and garrison.
Tens of thousands of protesters flooded Hong Kong Sunday against a ban on wearing masks in public. Hong Kong’s Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the ban by pro-democracy legislators. The ban, decreed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, came into effect on Saturday in an apparent bid to halt the protests that have been going on for four months. Instead, the move has sparked even more clashes and destruction over the last two days in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Hong Kong’s MTR system has reopened its subway, but some stations remain closed due to “serious damage” during unrest on Friday. Most of Hong Kong’s subway system is closed after a number of stations and businesses were attacked when protesters protested the government. Protesters suffered a blow when the Supreme Court refused to overturn a ban on wearing masks.
At Least 15 people were injured, one of them seriously, in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Hong Kong. The person was seriously injured after being hit in the upper left part of the chest by a bullet fired by the police.
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have set themselves a busy schedule for Saturday, Sept. 28, according to Reuters. These schedules include restoring the “Lennon Walls” and celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Golden Umbrella movement. Thousands of protesters gathered in the harbor area on Friday, chanting slogans accusing police brutality of protesters for more than three months of unrest in Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi retaliated against US criticism of Beijing’s trade and development model on Tuesday, saying that Beijing has no intention to “play the Game of Thrones on the world stage.” He also warned Washington to respect China’s sovereignty, including on the Hong Kong issue. The Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor said that Beijing will not succumb to threats, including on trade. However, he also expressed the hope that a round of high-level trade negotiations next month will produce positive results.
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) announced on Wednesday that it will propose a merger plan to the board of directors of the London Stock Exchange Group, with a transaction value of £31.6 billion, to create a global market interconnection platform that is beneficial to Hong Kong, China and the United Kingdom.
Demonstrators in Hong Kong launched an “Airport Traffic Stress Test” on Saturday, but the demonstrators failed to assemble at the airport because the Hong Kong police were waiting and blocking them. From Saturday afternoon into the night, Hong Kong demonstrators clashed with police at various subway stations and several people were arrested.
Russian media continues to run pro-China propaganda and justifications for the use of force against demonstrators in Hong Kong. The unrest in the former British colony has been ongoing for the past four months. Demonstrators wearing black face masks became the new heroes and modern day revolutionaries, protesting against China’s brutal arrest and prosecution system.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced the “formal” withdrawal of the extradition bill that has caused months of massive protests in the autonomous region of China. “The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,” she read from a statement.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s head of Government, said on Tuesday that she has no intentions whatsoever of resigning after an audio recording began trending in which she allegedly said otherwise. According to the viral video, she also apologized for causing the disturbances that have lately shaken the city.
Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong ignored the police’s warning on Saturday. Demonstrators frequently used petrol bombs. The police fired tear gas and blue water jets to disperse demonstrators for the first time, and strongly condemned the demonstrators for “violent acts.”
Security officials blocked the way for protesters in Hong Kong. They began to erect barricades from bamboo scaffolding and street iron partitions. Near the police station building, the confrontation continued for several hours, until the demonstrators began to throw stones, bricks and water bottles at the police. The police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and began to detain the protesters, beating them with batons.
Hong Kong broke out again in “reverse delivery” protests Friday, opposing the now-withdrawn extradition bill to mainland China, and demanding democracy in the city. The organizers said that the number of people participating in a human chain reached 1.7 million. On the same day, Shenzhen, a mainland Chinese city adjacent to Hong Kong, received a “birthday gift”– the Chinese government issued a plan to build Shenzhen into a pilot demonstration area for socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Following a demonstration in Hong Kong, government head Carrie Lam spoke of her readiness to talk to the protesters. The protests in Hong Kong prompted the local government to withdraw. Lam says she is ready to negotiate with the protesters to get out of the political crisis and find a comprehensive solution. She believes her offer is a turning point in the crisis and expressed hope that dialogue with the protesters could provide grounds for restoring peace to Hong Kong.
Social media Twitter and Facebook announced on Monday that they blocked a large number of accounts on their platforms. The two social media giants said that these accounts spread false information about Hong Kong demonstrations and they were dominated by Chinese officials.
Tensions in Hong Kong are still rising, but the Hong Kong police said that although they are in a state of anxiety, they do not need assistance from the Chinese authorities and Chinese troops will never take action in Hong Kong. Over the past few months, Hong Kong has held a call for democratic reforms. The protesters have changed their strategies. At the same time, they have responded to multiple targets and the Hong Kong police have been struggling.
Protests continue in Hong Kong after ten weeks and could swell to a “million march” on Sunday. The EU has warned the Hong Kong government not to undermine the legal rights of protesting citizens. While China has not ruled out military intervention in Hong Kong, protests continue in the former British colony against local government and Beijing’s interference in domestic affairs.
China has announced that it has no plans to forcefully end the protests in Hong Kong, but it will not be ruled out if necessary. China has said that if the Hong Kong executive government fails to bring peace, then China will intervene. Satellite imagery, which has been widely shared on social networks, indicates an increase in China’s military presence in the border town of Shenzhen. The pictures show dozens of Chinese police and military vehicles in the grounds of a sports stadium.
Hong Kong is presently experiencing a political crisis. Large scale use of law enforcement and military is being used to disperse the protesters. However, the system itself is failing and it will lead to additional protests. Historically, an achievement of the Freudo-Marxists was the quantum leap through the rationalistic outlook which had dominated in the Marxist tradition. Furthermore, the escalation of the crisis in Hong Kong is inevitable due to the bygone times and political reality of the Chinese territory.
A day after massive anti-government protests effectively shut down one of the busiest airports in the world, life in Hong Kong had still not returned to normal. Hundreds more flights were cancelled Tuesday at Hong Kong International Airport, which was still dealing with the effects of the sit-in. The local authorities defended both the use of plainclothes policemen and their tactics, which viral videos showed turning violent over the weekend and into Monday. The protests, which have gone on for more than two months, after an extradition bill to mainland China was pulled, show no sign of slowing down. Meanwhile, Beijing ratcheted up the rhetoric, but remained at the gates. Waiting.
The Hong Kong airport authorities canceled all their flights after thousands of protesters occupied the city’s international airport terminal for the fourth consecutive day. The airport authority attributed the cancellations, which affected all flights after 4 pm local time (08.00 GMT) today to; “a large number of protesters that prevented passengers from checking-in” and have “seriously interrupted” the service.
Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights on Monday as the fourth day of protests at the airport’s main terminal continued. The Airport is one of the busiest in East Asia and the world. Thousands of protesters started rallying at the airport’s entrance and exit lounges four days ago trying to make their protest heard around the world.
Hong Kongers from all walks of life, and seven districts of the city, took to the streets Monday as part of a general strike, the largest such demonstration since 1967. Teachers and students, aviation workers, finance employees, and civil servants took part in the protests, aimed at both Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government and mainland China itself. What initially began as a row over a now-suspended extradition bill has morphed in to a movement against Chinese encroachment, Hong Kong’s non-democratic system, and its unaccountable police force. Now in their ninth week, and showing no signs of slowing down, some fear Beijing may be compelled to act.
Even with Hong Kong’s “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” amended, the dispute-related demonstrations continued. The group opposed to the amendments held a parade in Kowloon on Saturday. Another group was on the Hong Kong Island across the sea with the title “Hope for Tomorrow,” holding a rally in support of police enforcement. The conference said that about 90,000 people attended the meeting. The police said that the number of people gathered at the peak was about 26,000.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Chinese students at the University of Queensland in Australia got physical during a rally in support of Hong Kong. Pro-China and pro-Hong Kong Chinese students clashed verbally with sporadic physical violence. Students at the school believe that this conflict may lead to more confrontation between the two sides.
Last Sunday an estimated 1.03 million people (230 thousands according to the police) participated in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a proposed law that would allow the extradition of suspects, either political or criminal, to mainland China for the first time. Protestors fear that the amendments would mark the end of the “one country two systems” era.