In Hong Kong, violent clashes broke out between demonstrators and the police during the night. For the first time since the local elections last weekend, the security forces also used tear gas.
Thereupon, there was a rally on early Sunday morning, which was directed against the use of tear gas and in which especially families with children and senior citizens participated. "No tear gas, save our children", was on posters.
Prodemocratic protesters also took US flags to the US consulate later this morning. The protest movement wanted to thank for the US laws that protect human rights in Hong Kong and were signed on Wednesday by US President Donald Trump. Some demonstrators held banners saying "President Trump, please free Hong Kong" and "Let's make Hong Kong great again". It was an allusion to Trump's campaign pledge to make America great again.
There have been pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since June. In district elections a week ago pro-democracy candidates had achieved a landslide victory. Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam, however, continues to refuse to comply with the demands of the demonstrators, which include free elections for her office and parliament and an independent investigation of police violence.
During the protests there had been repeated violent riots and police violence in recent months. This has now been addressed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. In a statement in the South China Morning Post on Saturday, it called on the Hong Kong government to conduct an "independent and neutral judicial inquiry into reports of excessive police brutality." The Chinese UN agency then accused Bachelet of interfering in China's internal affairs and encouraging the "rioters" in Hong Kong to "further serious and radical violence."