Hong Kong has rioted again during peaceful protests. Rescue teams used water cannons, tear gas, and pepper spray to attack activists who threw incendiary devices, stones, and other items. In front of the seat of the government several dozen demonstrators were arrested.
Already on Saturday, after a peaceful rally by tens of thousands of people on the fifth anniversary of the umbrella movement in Hong Kong, there had been clashes between activists and the police. Several partially hooded government opponents blocked a road near the headquarters of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Also windows of government buildings were taken. The police used pepper spray.
It is the 17th weekend in a row that is being demonstrated in Hong Kong. The Democracy movement had begun on Friday with the first four days of demonstrations on the occasion of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. For Monday, students plan a one-day strike. On Tuesday, they called on the Hong Kong people to dress in black as a sign of mourning.
Hong Kong has been a Chinese Special Administrative Region since 1997. The cause of the protests was a controversial bill that would have allowed suspects to be surrendered to China. The demonstrators reached the Hong Kong government's plans to withdraw and now demand more democracy and transparency. The protests have repeatedly turned violent in recent months. Many people fear that they might lose political freedom.