Hong Kong Govt: Violence Is Harmful, Won’t Solve Divisions

War at the dinner table Hong Kong families divided over protests

War at the dinner table Hong Kong families divided over protests AFP15 Sep 2019

Police fired repeated volleys of tear gas and deployed water cannon trucks after Molotov cocktails and rocks were thrown over security barriers surrounding the complex, which has become a frequent flashpoint in the ongoing protests.

Remaining demands include an independent investigation into police's use of force; an end to using the term "riot" to describe the protesters; an amnesty for those charged during previous demonstrations; and the ability to pick and vote on their leaders.

And they may only get more intense in the run-up to October 1, when China celebrates 70 years of Communist Party rule.

Hong Kong stocks fell one percent in the morning on Monday following last week's rally, with traders also spooked by fresh violent protests in the city at the weekend. It said the police officers "withdrew pistols as a warning to disperse them".

The protests were triggered in June by an extradition bill that many saw as an example of China's increasing intrusion and at chipping away at Hong Kong residents' freedoms and rights, many of which are not accorded to people in mainland China.

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On Saturday, the protesters clashed with pro-Chinese demonstrators, which prompted baton-wielding cops to move in and break up several skirmishes.

Lo Kin-hei, vice-chairman of the Democratic Party, posted a video from an incident outside Fortress Hill station on Twitter on September 15 and wrote: "Pro-Beijing thugs beat up people and police talk to them nicely, not knocking them down on the floor and kneel on their throats or necks [as when arresting pro-democracy protesters]". "They say they want to put a stop to violence and chaos ... but we now see that what Hong Kong needs is to curb police violence and the gangsters' chaos".

Police on Sunday warned those who came out in spite of the ban to stop immediately, with a series of tweets saying the gathering was illegal and saying "radical protesters" were committing "destructive acts".

Hong Kong island was granted to Britain "in perpetuity" in 1842 at the end of the First Opium War.

Earlier Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved British flags, sang "God Save the Queen" and chanted "U.K. save Hong Kong" outside the British Consulate as they stepped up calls for global support for their campaign.

The protesters also sought global support.

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"There could be a heavy price as [we] fight for freedom, so holding various countries' flags also shows our resolution for democracy", a protester told the Hong Kong edition of The Epoch Times.

Protesters threw petrol bombs inside the Central Government Complex in Admiralty, Hong Kong police said. The government said law enforcement officers took steps to disperse the crowds and made arrests "in a resolute manner".

Democratic lawmaker Ted Hui was arrested for allegedly obstructing the police, according to his Democratic Party's Facebook page, as he tried to mediate on the streets in North Point.

Hong Kong media reported that groups of pro-Beijing supporters had attacked journalists.

The MTR has become a primary target for vandalism lately; the operator has suspended train services prior to major protests, making it hard for people to attend.

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