Protests in Hong Kong Again Turn Violent

  • Security officials blocked demonstrators attempting to protest in Hong Kong.
  • Police used tear gas and batons to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators.
  • Hong Kong's government has also enacted a law banning demonstrations at the airport.

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.

Although the Hong Kong government stopped the subway movement, thousands of protesters in Hong Kong still managed to take part in mass demonstrations.

On August 24, protesters also joined in as the subways were closed to stop the movement.

Protesters stage a sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport August 9. Five people have died (all suicides) since protests began on March 31.

For the first time, after about ten days of protest, the Hong Kong Democratic Movement became violent. According to a report from AFP news, police arrested a number of people before blocking a crowd of demonstrators and blocking their way.

Protesters are demanding the dismantling of the CCTV cameras installed in the Quan Tung Industrial Area. They say these cameras are used to control people and identify opponents.

Meanwhile, the court has enacted a law banning demonstrations at the airport. Thousands of protesters staged rallies at various airport terminals over the weekend and virtually stopped work in parts of the country.

The recent Hong Kong protest movement has entered its twelfth week. The protests over the extradition of suspects to China began and then spread. Protesters in Hong Kong have called for a sit-in at the airport, as well as widespread street protests in support of freedom of expression and democracy.

The night before, August 24, a human chain of about 5,000 people was formed around the city.

Thousands of supporters of democratic Hong Kong, holding hands, formed a single chain stretching across several districts, along the embankments and along the slopes of the Lion Mountain – one of the main attractions of the city – right up to the top. The move is to mimic the protests of about two million people in the three countries of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, called the Baltic Way, which was staged 30 years ago Friday against the Soviet Union.

The Baltic Way was a peaceful protest occurring in Soviet-occupied Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on August 23, 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 419 miles on Black Ribbon Day, the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which led to the Soviet invasion and annexation of the Baltic states.

The Chinese government also talks about its readiness to negotiate with the protesters. But the readiness comes as violence by security forces against protesters enters a new face in Hong Kong in recent weeks.

Experts believe that the continuing protests and unrest in Hong Kong could slow Hong Kong’s economic growth. China plans to turn Shenzhen into an international financial center. The purpose of this policy is to attract foreign investors to China. The impact of this Chinese move on the importance of Hong Kong as well as on the economic situation of Shenzhen residents in the current state of Naruchan has been announced.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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