10/21/2019, 10.51
HONG KONG - CHINA
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20th week of Hong Kong protests. Hydrants with blue water used on mosque

by Paul Wang

Yesterday's demonstration, although illegal, started peacefully, but then led to clashes with the police. From mid-August to today, at least eight people from the movement have been attacked by strangers. The government’s wall of silence and police violence fueling anger of most radical groups of the movement that are sliding towards an urban guerrilla style

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - For the 20th consecutive weekend, Hong Kong has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations, but also of clashes with the police who used a truck with blue-colored water cannons to spray demonstrators on the run, also striking the Kowloon mosque.

The authorities had forbidden the demonstration to avoid violence and "possible bombs". But - as was to be expected - tens of thousands of people poured along Nathan Road and Tsim Sha Tsui, the shopping area, to reaffirm their right to demonstrate for democracy.

The demonstration, although illegal, had begun in a peaceful manner, but towards 15 pm some more radical groups blocked some roads, destroyed shop windows linked to China and the Chinese mafia, launched Molotov against the Tsim Sha Tsui police station.

In response, the police used blue-colored water-cannon trucks. And although there were no groups of demonstrators in front of the mosque, the façade and lobby of the building was hit and colored. In the evening, the police chief visited the imam of the mosque in an attempt to calm tensions.

Ordinary people and members of the Civic Human Rights Front, the original organizers of the march, helped members of the Muslim community clean the building (photo 2).

In the evening there were clashes with the police in Mong Kok (photo 4).

Yesterday's demonstration also wanted to be a response to attacks on some members of the Front. On October 16, the leader of the Front, Jimmy Sham, was bloodily beaten with hammers and spanners by a group of masked people. Two days ago a man who was distributing flyers of the anti-extradition movement was stabbed.

From mid-August until today, at least eight people from the movement have been attacked by strangers. The protesters accuse criminal groups organized in league with Beijing.

Even members of the movement, during the demonstrations, sometimes beat people who express their disagreement.

The movement was born in June to reject a bill that allowed the extradition of criminal suspects in China. Only in early September, the government definitively canceled the bill. But meanwhile the movement had increased its demands for full democracy and an investigation into the excessive use of force by the police.

The government’s wall of silence and police violence are fueling the anger of the most radical groups of the movement that are sliding towards an urban guerrilla style.

 

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