Hong Kong: Demonstrators build barricades
In Hong Kong, thousands of people are again protesting against the administration of the Special Administrative Region. Some sat over police raids.
Once again, thousands of people in Hong Kong have protested against the government. A peaceful protest marched through the district of Mongkok before protesters began building barricades and occupying streets in the evening (local time). Thousands of civil servants and civil servants had joined the protests in a rally.
The police had warned who would leave the designated demonstration route, violate the law. Unauthorized demonstrations would be dissolved.
A group of protesters reached several flagpoles on the shores of Victoria Harbor, where the flags of Hong Kong and China blew, reporters reported. One of the demonstrators climbed the mast and brought down the Chinese flag. After a debate on whether to paint the flag cloth black, the group decided to throw the flag into the sea before the police could intervene.
Repeated clashes between demonstrators and the police
In Hong Kong, marches and rallies with hundreds of thousands of participants have been going on for almost two months. The trigger was a controversial bill for the delivery of alleged criminals to China. Repeatedly during the demonstrations there were serious clashes between demonstrators and the police. Several activists were arrested at the end of July.
Hong Kong's Prime Minister Carrie Lam has meanwhile declared the law dead. Since then, however, the protest has become a broader movement against the government and the police, accused of over-cracking the demonstrators.
Many people in Hong Kong fear increasing influence of the central government in Beijing and demand democratic reforms. In a video of their Hong Kong garrison, the Chinese People's Liberation Army warned it had every opportunity to maintain security in the Special Administrative Region and China's "national sovereignty."
The former British Crown Colony has been autonomously governed as a separate territory since its return in 1997 to China under the "one country, two systems" principle. Unlike the people of the People's Republic, the Hong Kong people enjoy freedom of expression, freedom of the press and assembly.