Fire, lasers, pepper spray: Hong Kong marks another day of violent protests
UNTV News • September 24, 2019 • 323
Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse protesters on Sunday (September 22) as the Chinese-ruled city once again plunged into chaos over the weekend.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Kowloon, setting ablaze barricades on roads near the Prince Edward MTR subway station. Several other stations and shopping malls were damaged on Sunday.
Protest violence has often targeted the MTR, which is blamed for closing stations at the government’s behest to stop demonstrators gathering. The protesters are also demanding the company that runs the metro system hand over CCTV footage of police beating protesters on a train at Prince Edward station which went viral online.
The city has seen three months of occasionally violent protests, with demonstrators angry about what they see as creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula intended to guarantee freedoms that are not enjoyed on the mainland.
China says it is committed to the “one country, two systems” arrangement and denies meddling. It has accused foreign governments including the United States and Britain of inciting the unrest. (REUTERS)
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China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday (July 2) that Britain would bear all consequences for any move it took to offer Hong Kong citizens a path to settlement in the UK.
China reserved the right to act against Britain over the issue, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing, without specifying what countermeasures Beijing might take.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that Britain would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship. (Reuters)
Hong Kong police have arrested 10 people for violating the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) which came into effect on Tuesday.
They were the first arrests made under the law since it took effect.
According to the Hong Kong police force, as of 22:40 Wednesday, apart from the 10 arrested for breaching the national security law, around 360 arrests had also been made for offenses including unlawful assemblies, disorderly conduct in public places and furious driving.
Rioters chanted slogans, calling for separation of the SAR from China. Police used water cannon to disperse the crowd.
A total of seven police officers were injured on duty, said Hong Kong police on its social media.
The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, on Tuesday passed the national security law.
The law seeks to prevent, stop and punish acts and activities that endanger national security, namely secession, subversion, terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements. (Reuters)
The United Kingdom said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and called on the People’s Republic to honor its international obligations.
“We have very carefully now assessed the contents of this national security legislation since it was published last night,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Reuters and the BBC.
“It constitutes a clear violation of the autonomy of Hong Kong, and a direct threat to the freedoms of its people, and therefore I’m afraid to say it is a clear and serious violation of the Joint Declaration treaty between the United Kingdom and China.”
Raab said he would set out shortly the action Britain would take with its international partners.
Hong Kong’s autonomy was guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” agreement enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed by then Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule – imposed after Britain defeated China in the First Opium War. (Reuters)
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