Hong Kong Police fired tear gas and pepper spray as thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday to oppose the Chinese government’s move to impose a controversial national security law, which threatens the city’s autonomy and civil liberties.
The protest, the first since China reported plans to further strengthen its authority over Hong Kong through security enactment, the protest was arranged as a walk between the city’s ever busy Causeway Bay and Wan Chai neighborhoods. Be that as it may, when the police obstructed the course, shooting different rounds of poisonous gas with hardly a pause in between, the dissenters immediately fragmented into littler gatherings, setting off over seven hours of scattershot encounters
While the nonconformists were to a great extent serene, intermittent conflicts left the region gagged with dimness and covered with broken glass, furniture and police tape. The police watched the locale’s fundamental avenue with a water gun, accompanied by a shielded truck with two officials situated on top, pointing weapons stacked with elastic shots.
The police said they had in their custody not fewer than 180 individuals, for unlawful gathering, and four officials were also harmed. The city’s hospital authority said that six individuals had been hospitalized, including one lady in critical condition condition.
The Sunday protest followed a similar pattern to many of last year’s demonstrations, with police firing tear gas and pepper spray, and protesters pushing back – some throwing objects such as umbrellas at the police.
About 8,300 people have been arrested since the protests erupted last year. Around 200 were detained during small rallies at malls on Mother’s Day earlier this month.
Police had warned that they would “make arrests as appropriate”, and at least one pro-democracy campaigner was detained by police on Sunday at the start of the rally, AFP reporters said.
Hong Kong residents enjoy rights – including freedom of speech – unseen on the mainland as part of the agreement that saw the British colony handed back to China in 1997, and the city has its own legal system and trade status.
Fears had been growing for years that Beijing was chipping away at those freedoms and tightening its control on the city, and campaigners have described the new proposal as the most brazen move yet.
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