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Tear gas and water cannon as crowds defy Hong Kong rally ban

Last updated on October 21, 2019

Authorities had prohibited the march from Tsim Sha Tsui, a densely-packed shopping district full of luxury boutiques and resorts, citing public security and preceding violence out of hardcore protesters.

But tens of thousands joined the unsanctioned rally no matter demonstrating the motion could still retain pressure on the town’s pro-Beijing leaders after almost five months of protests and political unrest.

In a familiar pattern, the massive rally started peacefully.

However, it soon escalated into chaos as smaller collections of hardcore protesters hurled petrol bombs at police, metro entrances and in Chinese mainland bank branches in addition to vandalizing numerous stores.

Through the day a water cannon truck chased protesters down Nathan Road, one of the town’s busiest shopping thoroughfares, which makes it streaked with blue dye out of the automobile’s turrets.

Since the protesters fled the roads, the frontline remained behind to impede the progress of riot police, putting fire into makeshift barricades.

On Saturday night a guy handing out pro-democracy flyers had been stabbed in the stomach and neck, allegedly by an assailant who afterward whined pro-Beijing slogans.

Many on Sunday’s march said they desired to reveal they were unbowed from the strikes and governments increasingly banning public gatherings.

“Can authorities detain us tens of thousands of individuals?” Philip Tsoi, a self-described frontline protester, stated they had to maintain getting out numbers though several more hardcore activists like him were “detained or wounded” lately.

“What I need is a democratic government whose chief is chosen by Hong Kong people rather than chosen by a democratic regime,” he told AFP.

Vigilante violence has mounted on each side of the divide.

Recently pro-democracy fans have severely beaten men and women who vocally disagree with them although these struggles are normally spontaneous outbursts of mob anger through protests.

By comparison, pro-democracy figures are assaulted at a noticeably more concentrated manner, together with eight prominent government critics, such as politicians, defeated by unidentified assailants because mid-August.

Protesters have labeled the strikes”white terror” and accused the town’s shadowy organized crime bands of allying with Beijing fans.

However, it has remained mostly silent on the strikes carried out from pro-democracy figures.

Hong Kong has been battered by 20 months of protests and without a political solution in sight, clashes have intensified every month.

Hardliners have adopted widespread illness, while riot police have reacted with raising volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and, even more lately, live rounds.

The rallies were triggered by a now-abandoned strategy to permit extraditions into the authoritarian mainland. Nevertheless, they morphed into broader calls for democracy and authorities’ responsibility after Beijing and neighborhood leaders took a tough line.

Protesters are demanding an independent investigation into the authorities, an amnesty for those detained and entirely free elections, all which are rejected by Beijing and Hong Kong’s unelected leader Carrie Lam.

Earlier this month town pioneer Lam invoked a colonial-era emergency legislation to prohibit face masks.

The decision set off a fresh wave of protests and vandalism that closed down much of the town’s transportation network.

In the past fortnight, the clashes are becoming less intense with all the city’s subway closed every night at 10:00 pm.

However, protests have continued using lots of defying the mask banning throughout”flashmob” rallies.