Sections: Hong Kong

Scenes of chaos in Hong Kong as protests continue

PHOTO: Sam Tsang/South China Morning Post

Thai PBS World reports scenes of chaos and devastation in Hong Kong, following more violent protests in the territory.

Police used tear gas and water cannon in Hong Kong’s financial district last night, as protesters defied a ban and ignored threats from China. This is the 13th weekend of such protests.

The protests began yesterday afternoon, with thousands of black-clad, umbrella-carrying activists taking to the streets and chanting, “reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”

Water cannon and tear gas were used by police to clear large groups of protesters who had gathered in front of the parliament building, known as LegCo (Legislative Council). They used blue dye in the water cannon, with some local media claiming this was to make it easier to identify suspects.

Protesters also marched past the residence of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, who is the main focus of their anger after she tried to pass a bill that would have allowed extradition to China.

The protests started by the proposed extradition bill have now grown into wider calls for democracy and a push back at Beijing rule. To date, millions have taken part in peaceful marches, but some protesters have also clashed with police.

Later yesterday evening, a number of protesters started a fire near Hong Kong police headquarters, and threw petrol bombs and rocks at riot police.

There is an air of defiance among protesters who are determined not to give in, as explained by one woman known only as Wong.

“It’s ‘now or never’ for Hong Kong. I’m a mother-of-two. They didn’t come today, but their grandmother did. We’re defending the right of assembly for the next generation in Hong Kong.”

Yesterday’s protests went ahead despite a number of activists being arrested on Friday, a move seen by many as an attempt to derail this weekend’s rallies.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

Maya Taylor

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Published by

Recent News

6 more Thai women test positive for Covid-19 after returning from Myanmar, skipping quarantine

6 more Thai women, who crossed the Myanmar border into Chiang Rai, have tested positive…

December 2, 2020

17 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine

17 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation…

December 2, 2020

Court acquits PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, allowing him to stay on at military residence

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will be staying in office and at his military residence. Bangkok's Constitutional…

December 2, 2020

United Kingdom approves new Covid-19 vaccine, first jabs start next week

The United Kingdom approved the new Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech for emergency use and will…

December 2, 2020

ประยุทธ์ยังเป็นนายก ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญวินิจฉัย อยู่บ้านพักทหารไม่ผิด

ประยุทธ์ยังเป็นนายก ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญวินิจฉัย อยู่บ้านพักทหาร ไม่ผิด ประยุทธ์ไม่ผิด อยู่บ้านหลวง - รายงานความคืบหน้า คณะตุลาการศาลรัฐธรรมนูญ แถลงด้วยวาจา ปรึกษาหารือ และลงมติ กรณีประธานสภาผู้แทนราษฎรส่งคำร้องขอให้ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญวินิจฉัย ตามมาตรา 170…

December 2, 2020

Nakhon Si Thammarat hit by floods, more rain expected in the South

Flooding in the southern province Nakhon Si Thammarat has affected thousands of residents with some…

December 2, 2020