Thousands Take to the Streets in Hong Kong

Even after the recent election in which pro-democracy candidates won a majority of seats, unrest in Hong Kong continues

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01.12.2019

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A huge crowd took to the streets of Hong Kong on December 1, 2019, some driven back by tear gas, to demand more democracy and an investigation into the use of force to crack down on the six-month-long anti-government demonstrations.

Thousands turned out, from hardened youthful protesters in black outfits and face masks to parents with their children.

Marching near the waterfront on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, they sought to keep the pressure on city leader Carrie Lam after pro-democracy candidates won district council elections a week earlier, reports AP.

Many held up a hand to indicate the five demands of the movement and shouted “Five demands, not one less” and “Disband the police force.”

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Marches also appealed to US President Donald Trump for help and demanded that police stop using tear gas.

A group dressed in black and wearing masks carried American flags and they headed to the US Consulate to express gratitude for legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong that Trump signed into law last week.

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A peaceful crowd of about 200 adults and young children marched to government headquarters in the morning and chanted “No more tear gas.”

A third march was called for in the Tsim Sha Tsui district near Polytechnic University, the site of the last fierce clashes with police two weeks ago and police in riot gear were out in force. They fired pepper spray and tear gas in some areas. Protesters dug up paving stones and threw them in the street to try to slow the police down.

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Meanwhile, China accused the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, of emboldening “radical violence” in Hong Kong by suggesting the city’s leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessive use of force by police.

Bachelet wrote in an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s government must prioritize “meaningful, inclusive” dialogue to resolve the crisis.

She urged Lam to hold an “independent and impartial judge-led investigation” into police conduct of protests. It has been one of the key demands of pro-democracy demonstrations that have roiled the territory since June.

Source The Associated Press
date 01.12.2019
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