HK in chaos ahead of CCP anniversary

‘CHINESE TYRANNY’: A group of protesters approaching the government office complex was repelled by an elite police squad known as the raptors, who made arrests

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 30, 2019
By: AP, HONG KONG

Protesters and police yesterday clashed in Hong Kong for a second straight day, throwing the territory’s business and

Pro-democracy protesters march through the streets of Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: AFP
shopping belt into chaos, and sparking fears of more ugly scenes ahead of China’s National Day tomorrow.

Riot police repeatedly fired blue liquid — used to identify protesters — from a water cannon truck and multiple volleys of tear gas after demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails at officers and targeted the government office complex.

It was a repeat of Saturday’s clashes and part of a familiar cycle since pro-democracy protests began in early June. The protests were sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill and have since snowballed into an anti-China movement.

“We know that in the face of the world’s largest totalitarian regime — to quote Captain America: ‘Whatever it takes,’” Justin Leung, a 21-year-old protester who covered his mouth with a black scarf, said of the violent methods deployed by radicals. “The consensus right now is that everyone’s methods are valid and we all do our part.”

Protesters are planning to march again tomorrow, despite a police ban, raising fears of more violent confrontations that could embarrass Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) as his Chinese Communist Party (CCP) marks 70 years since taking power.

Protesters are calling for Oct. 1 to be marked as “A Day of Grief.”

The Hong Kong government has already scaled down the territory’s National Day celebrations, canceling an annual fireworks display and moving a reception indoors.

Despite security concerns, the government yesterday said that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) would today lead a delegation of more than 240 people to Beijing to participate in the National Day festivities.

Yesterday’s turmoil started in the early afternoon when police fired tear gas to disperse a large crowd that amassed in the popular Causeway Bay shopping district.    [FULL  STORY]

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