Thursday, June 13, 2019

Violence In Hong Kong During Protests

Violence breaks out in Hong Kong as protesters challenge bill allowing criminal suspects to be tried in mainland China

Hong Kong authorities fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and high-pressure water hoses on demonstrators who had gathered outside the city's headquarters on Wednesday to protest a controversial extradition bill that is widely seen as Beijing's encroachment over the semiautonomous territory.
The escalation of force came hours after the government postponed debate on the bill until later this month.
The crowd of mostly young demonstrators dressed in black filled nearby streets, overturned barriers, and tussled with police outside the government headquarters and offices of the Legislative Council.
Some protesters threw rocks, bottles, metal barricades and umbrellas at police. Police had reportedly warned the protesters that they would use force.
After some protesters appeared to have breached a police barricade around offices, police responded by firing nonlethal projectiles.
Authorities searched some protesters and their bags as they began leaving the scene. Livestreamed reports from local television stations showed remaining protesters putting plastic wrap around their arms, wetting face masks and tightening goggles to protect themselves from tear gas and pepper spray.
The scene was reminiscent of Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution," for which nine leaders were convicted in April on public nuisance and other charges.
Several protestors cited by The Associated Press said earlier they hoped Wednesday's actions would persuade the government to shelve the proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance.
“We won’t leave till they scrap the law,” said one protester cited by Reuters.
Under its "one country, two systems" framework, Hong Kong was supposed to be guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British rule in 1997. However, many regard China's ruling Communist Party as having reneged on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

Protesters are hit by police water cannon during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China, using only their umbrellas as protection

In this image made from aerial video, protesters gather in the streets outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 

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