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In spite of prohibition: New protests in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, have gathered on Saturday in spite of the demonstration ban and the cancellation of a large demonstration of thousands of people to new protests. They gathered on a sports field in the centre of the city. Some ran through surrounding streets. The police had erected new barricades in front of the liaison office of the Chinese government and water cannons in the streets posted.

In Hong Kong, there are since three months of mass demonstrations for more democracy and against the growing influence of Beijing. It had been last weekend, again violent clashes. The officers used water cannons against the protesters, for the first time since the beginning of the protests, a police officer fired a shot.

Immediately prior to planned protests on Saturday on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the umbrella movement in 2014, the authorities were on Friday heavily against democracy activists, the procedure: The police arrested the protest leader Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, as well as at least three other well-known activists and three of the Pro-democracy movement close standing MP.

protesters Hallelujah

in the face of pressure, the organizers said for Saturday's planned big demonstration, which had already been on Thursday by the police, forbidden to sing. They announced but to other actions. To work around the ban on demonstrations, called on activists to religious gatherings: Many of the protesters had on Saturday crosses and sang "Hallelujah". Exactly five years ago, the Chinese government had decided to ban political reforms in Hong Kong. This decision had triggered in 2014, the so-called umbrella movement. Already at that time, the 22-year-old Wong had been at the top of the 79-day protests.

Beijing had promised to the former British crown colony at the time of Takeover in 1997, under the principle of "One country, two systems" for at least 50 years, basic rights such as freedom of expression and press freedom. According to the protesters this is the assurance from Beijing will be eroded gradually, while they are protesting now. The trigger for the protests is a law on Extradition, which provided for the rendition of Suspects to mainland China was, in the meantime, but was stopped. (sda/red)

Created: 31.08.2019, 09:34 PM

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