Hong Kong Demonstrations Turn Violent Again

  • On Sunday (August 25th), a group held a demonstration in the Liwan District to reaffirm the "five major demands" of the people.
  • A number of the demonstrators deviated from the original route, built roadblocks on the roads in the Liwan District, and confronted the police.
  • Water cannons had not been used in years of anti-government protests, and demonstrators took off down narrow side streets where it could not follow.

Protests in Hong Kong turned violent again Sunday night, as police deployed water cannons to disperse demonstrators.  Police themselves were also attacked by demonstrators.

On Sunday (August 25th), a group held a demonstration to reaffirm the “five major demands” of the people: the formal withdrawal of the “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance,” the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, an independent committee to investigate the police, the unconditional release of all those arrested for participating in the demonstrations, and greater democratic freedoms in general.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is the fourth, and current, Chief Executive of Hong Kong. She served as the Chief Secretary for Administration, the most senior principal official, from 2012 to 2017, and as Secretary for Development from 2007 to 2012.

A number of the demonstrators deviated from the original route, built roadblocks on the roads in the Liwan District, and confronted the police. Demonstrators threw incendiary bombs at the police, and the police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters and clear the roadblocks.

Police announced on Monday (August 26) that 29 people were arrested in the conflict. One of them was only 12 years old and is currently the youngest person arrested.

Water cannons had not been used in years of anti-government protests, and demonstrators took off down narrow side streets where it could not follow.

During the conflict, the demonstrators repeatedly threw bricks, and incendiary bombs at the police. The police officers repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and deployed other counterattacks Finally, they sent water cannon vehicles to the front line.

The Hong Kong  high-ranking police earlier said that the water cannon vehicles purchased from France (the police called it a “crowd management special-purpose car”) is ready to be deployed “when needed.”

The Hong Kong media tracked the whereabouts of the water cannon vehicles almost all day on Sunday. Two water cannon vehicles appeared in the scene of the conflict in the afternoon. One of them fired a water cannon and tried to clean up the roadblock set by the demonstrators, but it was unsuccessful.

The water cannon also appeared on another demonstration site, many demonstrators quickly left the scene.

The police fired live ammunition for the first time

The conflict in Tsuen Wan continued until the evening. Some demonstrators attacked a police car passing by.  Also, more than 10 police officers came to the scene to reinforce the numbers.

Gunshots were heard from the scene. Several police officers then pointed their pistols at the crowd. Among them, police officers kicked a man who asked the police not to shoot.

A Hong Kong police spokesperson confirmed that a police officer fired a shot, saying that the decision to shoot was “necessary and reasonable,” and that the police officer kicked the man down to the ground as a “natural reaction.”

Police family gathering

On the afternoon of the same day, hundreds of people participated in a rally initiated by the police family in the Central District, calling on the Hong Kong government to set up an independent committee to investigate the suspected use of force by police officers in the demonstration conflicts and to make “political settlement of political issues.”

Central, or Central District, is the central business district of Hong Kong. It is located on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, across Victoria Harbour from Tsim Sha Tsui, the southernmost point of Kowloon Peninsula.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam repeatedly stressed that there are already statutory bodies investigating complaints against the police during the wave of demonstrations, and no separate committee is needed to investigate the incident. She also wrote a letter on Facebook, stressing that “everyone is tired,” saying that the Hong Kong government has sincerely resolved disputes with the people. She again sent a message on the evening of August 25 to express her sincerity in dialogue.

However, the families who participated in the rally said that they agreed with the demonstrators to set up an independent investigation committee, saying that political issues can be resolved politically.

During the series of demonstrations, the personal data of certain police officers were made public, and their family members were affected. Many harassments and even threatening calls were received. Some demonstrators attacked the police quarters and threw bricks at the dormitory building.

The demonstrations in more than two months have caused serious police-civil conflicts. Many police officers and their families are suffering. The Hong Kong government can come forward to set up an independent investigation committee to solve the conflict.

The group said that nearly 400 people attended the rally, and the police said that about 270 people participated in the peak period.

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