Hong Kong has been rocked by yet another weekend of tear gas, baton charges and angry protests amid a deepening confrontation between anti-extradition protesters and the city authorities.
Riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas at “illegal” protests and made arrests in several districts of the city on Sunday, as pro-China thugs attacked anti-extradition protesters in North Point.
“HK Riot Police fired bullet and headshot a young lady,” Joshua Wong, a former leader of the 2014 pro-democracy movement, said in a caption to a photo posted to his Twitter account on Sunday. “I am not sure whether her right eye will turn blind or not but it is totally insane and terrible.”
Wong called on the U.S. to end all exports of tear gas and rubber bullets to Hong Kong.
The clashes came after a weekend of protests that defied police bans on marches and gatherings in Sham Shui Po, Tai Po and downtown shopping districts in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Protesters continued their chant of “Reclaim Hong Kong! Revolution now!”, while protesters and local residents alike hurled obscenities at the police for their apparent collusion with a string of triad-linked attacks in recent weeks.
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Reported by Lau Siu-fung for RFA’s Cantonese Service, and by the Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
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