Hong Kong police arrest 157 people over violence since Friday

Cheryl Sanders
September 12, 2019

The silent protest on Monday comes as the Hong Kong government condemned the "illegal behavior of radical protesters" and warned foreign governments not to "interfere in any form in the internal affairs" of the city.

Thousands of demonstrators held a peaceful march Sunday to the US Consulate to seek Washington's support, but violence erupted later as protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic, prompting police to fire tear gas. Protesters in their yesterday march appealed to President Donald Trump to "stand with Hong Kong" and ensure Congress pass a bill that proposes economic sanctions and penalties on Hong Kong and China officials found to suppress democracy and human rights in the city.

In a Facebook post directly before he boarded the plane to Berlin, Wong stated that during the trip he would advocate for a German version of the Hong Kong human rights democracy act and also campaign for an end to "the sale and export of weapons to the Hong Kong police".

Eve Chen, a 50-year-old admin officer, told HKFP that she believed the bill would provide Hong Kong with a level of global protection: "China doesn't protect us, and Hong Kong is just a small place".

Beijing's ire has also been directed towards the United Kingdom, which has called on Hong Kong to respect citizens' rights under the "one country, two systems" agreement that preceded the handover of the territory from British rule.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs in parliament's lower House of Commons, "And we will not issue any further export licenses for crowd control equipment to Hong Kong unless we are satisfied that concerns raised on human rights and fundamental freedoms have been thoroughly addressed", reports HKFP.

Protesters shout slogans at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Elsewhere, there were some incidents in Kowloon on Sunday night, including in Prince Edward, close to Mong Kok.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam announced last week that she was formally scrapping a controversial extradition bill that had triggered the current crisis.

Regarding the incidents in 2015 connected to a bookstore in Causeway Bay, the Hong Kong Police have not discovered evidence indicating there was "law enforcement across the boundary", said the spokesperson.

The U.S. State Department said in a travel advisory Friday that Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign "falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong".

Hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the Chinese-ruled city. Political analysts suggest his response was muted to avoid disrupting talks with China over their tariff war. "Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong".

Three months of protests over a now withdrawn extradition bill have evolved into a broader backlash against the government and greater calls for democracy.

A huge banner that read "Do you trust the Communist Party?"

Wong, who visited Taiwan last week, told reporters before he flew off to Germany and then the USA that he would continue to raise global awareness about Hong Kong's fight for democratic reforms.

He described his detention as a procedural hiccup and said he expected to be released Monday.

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