Another Weekend of Protests in Hong Kong

The protests are now in their fourth month

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22.09.2019

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Another weekend of protests in Hong Kong as the protesters have not given up on their demands of the local and, by extension, Chinese government.

The protest began peacefully, as protesters filled a shopping mall and, in a new twist, folded paper “origami” cranes that they tied onto a large rigging that they assembled in the mall in the Sha Tin district, reports AP.

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Some of the protesters put a Chinese flag on the floor and took turns running over it, before defacing it and putting it in a dumpster outside, which they then pushed into a nearby river.

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Before making the origami cranes, protesters at the Shatin New Town Plaza mall chanted slogans and sang a song that has become their anthem, backed by a small group playing on woodwind and brass instruments through their masks. Many lined the balustrades of the three higher floors overlooking where others gathered in the wide space below.

Photo AP/Kin Cheung

 

As evening fell on September 22, 2019, a group of more violent protesters descended on the Shatin subway station connected to the mall. They jumped up to smash overhead surveillance cameras, used hammers to knock ticket sensors off gates and spray-painted and broke the screens of ticket machines, using umbrellas to shield their identities.

Later, riot police arrived and closed the station with a metal grate to block entry.

Photo AP/Kin Cheung

 

After leaving the subway station, the protesters then built a barricade across a street near the mall, piled what appeared to be brown palm fronds on top and set them on fire.

Police fired tear gas as they tried to advance on the protesters, who had retreated before taking a position behind a wall of umbrellas that those in the front held.

Hong Kong’s leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, has agreed to withdraw an extradition bill that sparked the protests in June. But the anti-government protesters are pressing other demands, including fully democratic elections in the semiautonomous Chinese territory and an independent investigation of complaints about police violence during earlier demonstrations.

Transit authorities closed two stations on the airport express train to guard against a possible disruption of transportation to the airport but no protesters showed up.

Passengers boarding the express train from the airport were told via onboard announcements that it would make fewer stops than usual, with no mention of the protests. Orange tape blocked the turnstiles at the empty Kowloon station, and police clutching riot helmets greeted arriving passengers at the Hong Kong terminus.

Source The Associated Press
date 22.09.2019
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