HK protesters defy police with rallies

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2019

Police are reported to have fired tear gas at protesters in two locations across Hong Kong's New Territories, though other marches were without incident.

Tear gas was sacked at a crowd of some 1,000 people in a brief evening standoff at a commuter rail station in Tai Wai in the northern region of New Territories.

Also Saturday evening, protesters blocked an entrance to a tunnel that carries traffic under the harbour in the Hung Hom area.

China warned Britain to stop "meddling" in Hong Kong, after a top British official called the global financial hub's leader to voice concern about protests that have rocked the city for two months.

Anti-government protests have been carrying out co-ordinated demonstrations in different locations around Hong Kong on Sunday, one of which took place at the city's worldwide airport for the third straight day.

In a separate incident, tear gas was sacked at protesters who surrounded a police station in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on the northern side of Hong Kong's harbor, opposite Hong Kong Island.

The bill has been suspended, but protesters have stepped up their demands and are now calling for greater democracy and Lam's resignation.

"It's risky to bring my child to participate in any protest", said Natalie Lee, who was with her 2-year-old daughter.

"We are very angry about the police over arresting our teenagers", she said. On Saturday in two separate protests, small groups of elderly Hong Kongers and families marched near the financial centre's business districts.

Police fire tear gas on demonstrators as protesters take to the streets in yet another round of anti-extradition marches.

"The Chinese side seriously urges the United Kingdom to stop its interference in China's internal affairs and stop making random and inflammatory accusations on Hong Kong", she said, adding that Hong Kong was no longer a British colony and Britain has no supervisory rights. Hong Kong was guaranteed freedoms not granted in mainland China, including an independent judiciary, under a "one country, two systems" formula, when Britain handed it back to China in 1997.

Beijing has criticized some protesters as violent radicals spurred on by foreign forces bent on containing China's development.

There are three protests scheduled for August 11-one of them being a continuation of the peaceful sit-in at the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport that started on August 9.

For their part, protesters say police have used excessive force and ignored calls for help when thugs linked to triad gangs attacked civilians in a commuter rail station.

Lam defended her government's handling of the protests in a phone call with Britain's foreign secretary, Dominic Raab.

The family event, billed as a rally to "guard our children's future", received a permit from authorities, unlike several other protests that activists have organised for the weekend.

Beijing has also targeted the city's corporate giants, demanding that flagship carrier Cathay Pacific Airways suspend staff involved in the demonstrations. One of its pilots was arrested last week.

The Global Times praised Lau for "dealing with the riots in Mong Kok during the 2014 Occupy Central Movement" and hoped he could likewise handle the current protest movement, which has "turned into a series of riots targeting the Hong Kong government" in the Chinese Communist paper's view.

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