HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear fuel to disperse hundreds of protesters, many sporting banned face masks, who converged on the Kowloon harbor-front vacationer district on Sunday to denounce perceived police brutality over months of unrest.
Law enforcement officials launch pepper spray throughout an anti-government protest in Hong Kong’s tourism district of Tsim Sha Tsui, China October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Riot police arrived early, warning protesters to depart the vacationer district of Tsim Sha Tsui, reverse the British colonial-era Peninsula Lodge, forming cordons and blocking visitors on the important thing artery of Nathan Highway.
The variety of protesters had been rising by the minute, streaming down Nathan Highway to the water’s edge, dealing with the dramatic skyline of Hong Kong island reverse, however many fled after the tear fuel and pepper spray have been fired.
Ambulances took one man away on a stretcher. The reason for his wounds was not instantly clear.
Police detained some protesters as they gathered, many yelling profanities whereas police used loudhailers to warn others away. The crowds on the waterfront had largely dispersed after a few hours and a few have been heading north up Nathan Highway, the place many luxurious model retailers had closed their shutters.
Police stood by, batons of their fingers, amid small scuffles with protesters.
The rallying cry of the protesters was additionally for the safety of “Muslims, journalists and the individuals”.
A police water cannon fired bursts of blue-dyed water at a small group of individuals exterior a mosque throughout protests in Tsim Sha Tsui final Sunday, drawing criticism from some within the Muslim group.
Billy, 26, a salesman, who didn’t need to give his full identify, mentioned he turned out on Sunday as a result of he was indignant on the spraying of the mosque.
“Hong Kong individuals, no matter our faith … we come right here to say no to our totalitarian authorities,” he instructed Reuters, including he needed to protest peacefully. “I’ve a bit of little bit of concern … as a result of our police typically they’re uncontrollable and so they threaten the security of our individuals.”
Cindy Chu, 65, a retired nurse, mentioned the police was once a drive for good.
“It’s so easy. They’re disturbing the Hong Kong individuals,” she mentioned. “And what for? What authority have they got to try this? It’s Hong Kong, not China.”
Chu mentioned she was there to assist journalists. When requested if she actually needed to provide her full identify, she mentioned: “I’m not afraid. If Hong Kong persons are afraid of issues like that, then the ending just isn’t good.”
She too was sporting a face masks, banned beneath a colonial-era legislation re-introduced by Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam this month.
Professional-democracy activists have in current weeks attacked police with petrol bombs and rocks and slashed one officer within the neck with a knife. Police have responded with tear fuel, water cannon, rubber bullets and occasional dwell rounds, wounding a number of protesters and some journalists.
Police deny accusations of brutality, saying they’ve proven restraint in life-threatening conditions. There had been a week-long lull in clashes.
Protesters are indignant about what they see as creeping Chinese language interference in Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 beneath a “one nation, two techniques” formulation meant to ensure freedoms that aren’t loved on the mainland.
China denies meddling. It has accused international governments, together with the US and Britain, of stirring up hassle.
Writing by Nick Macfie; Modifying by Lincoln Feast and Kenneth Maxwell