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Hong Kong protests: Police use pepper spray against demonstrators


For weeks, there are violent clashes in protests in Hong Kong. During the night, the police again used tear gas and water cannons against activists.

In the night of Wednesday, there were new clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong. The police cleared the square in front of the Mong Kok Police Station and detained them at the Prince Edward subway station, reports the state-funded RTHK station. For both uses pepper spray was used.

In recent weeks, there were repeated violent incidents. The Hong Kong police had used, among other rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons against the demonstrators.

There had been more riots on the weekend, when protesters had set fire to barricades and thrown items and Molotov cocktails at police officers. According to local media reports, a policeman had fired a gun from his service weapon. Numerous demonstrators protect themselves with helmets and gas masks against water cannons and tear gas of the police.

Pressure on Chancellor Merkel before China trip

The demonstrations in Hong Kong have been going on for over three months. The trigger was a extradition law, which provided for the transfer of suspects to China. The bill has since been shelved. The protests are now directed primarily against the Prussian government of Honkong's Prime Minister Carrie Lam.

Most recently, the activists had asked in an open letter for the support of Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We hope that you show the courage and the determination against authoritarian injustice regimes, which inspired Germany and Europe before the end of the Cold War and shows Europe today," quotes the Bild newspaper from the letter, which it claims to have is present. Accordingly, it was signed by Hong Kong activists around Joshua Wong.

Merkel reached the letter shortly before her three-day trip to China. The Chancellor had also put pressure on the SPD and the Greens. It must make it clear that a violent crackdown on protests by security forces from Hong Kong or the Chinese mainland is unacceptable, said Nils Schmid, spokesman for the SPD, the world . Green leader Annalena Baerbock demanded in the Rheinische Post that Merkel must clarify that China's pressure on politics in the Special Administrative Region had consequences for Germany's willingness to cooperate.

Source: zeit

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