Hong Kong (Reuters) – Sunday police said Hong Kong said they caught 29 people after overnight fights where friction gas sources were released to spread anti-government protesters, as Asia's finance hub recommended more demonstrations later in the day .
Police are fighting protesters in Tau Kok Ngau in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019. REUTERS / Thomas Peter
Actors spent bombs and petrol bricks on Saturday in the ugly industrial district of Kwun Tong, a densely populated area in the territory of China to the east of the Kowloon peninsula. Four MTR subway stations were closed due to the objections.
Police used friction gas after some protesters wear cocktails and Molotov bricks and sent other “smart” lamp posts to surveillance cameras. Other exhibitors established road blocks with bamboo scaffolding.
This was the first use of friction gas in more than a week after a series of peaceful exhibitions in the old British colony.
The protests, which began over an extradition bill which have now been suspended and have emerged as demands for greater democracy, have hidden Hong Kong for three months and put the city into a political crisis. most since it was transferred from British rule to China in 1997.
The wider calls for democracy are a direct challenge to the leaders of the Communist Parties in Beijing, who wish to make the protests before the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of China on 1 October.
The normal city airport transport was early on Sundays, despite the objectors' day-to-day transport “stress test” plans in the international aviation and financial hub.
The protest movement, with thousands, including families, lawyers, accountants and young people and the elderly, still seems to have broad support, building on the streets in anti-government rallies.
Demonstrations claims include an independent inquiry into what they report as police opposition, the full withdrawal of the extradition bill and universal voting.
They say they are fighting with the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that covers a high level of independence for Hong Kong since it was transferred to China.
The police said in a statement on Sunday that they condemned protesters “in breach of public peace” and that 19 men and 10 women were arrested. More than 700 were arrested since the exhibitions began in June.
Among those arrested were also the organizer of the March, Ventus Lau, who reported the public broadcaster RTHK.
Another protest is planned for Sunday in the working class area of Tsuen WAN, and exhibitors plan a strike and class boycott throughout the city in the coming weeks.
On Saturday, the British consular worker released Simon Cheng, who had to keep tension retention.
Write Farah Master; Edited by Anne Marie Roantree and Paul Tait
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