Agents use tear gas to try to disperse the crowd
Thousands of citizens gathered this Saturday in Hong Kong for a new protest despite having been banned by the Police, which used tear gas to try to disperse them. The protest, held in the Yuen Long district where 45 protesters were injured last Sunday by men with bamboo poles and metal bars, had been banned by authorities on Thursday.
The Hong Kong police demanded the dissolution of the march in a statement in which it says that “as some of the protesters held iron bars and artisanal shields, and also took off road fences, a possible deterioration of the situation is feared.”
“The police ask citizens to remain calm and leave the area as soon as possible as chaotic scenes could happen in a short period of time,” adds the text, which accuses groups of protesters of “altering public order”.
The protest on Saturday also aims to highlight the dissatisfaction of a good part of the citizens with the police action, which they accuse of negligence when acting against the group of men dressed in white who attacked the protesters in the subway station of this suburb neighborhood, of which only twelve were arrested.
Shortly after 5 p.m. (11 p.m. Spanish peninsular time), the riot police deployed in the Nam Pin Wai area fired several saloons of tear gas canisters to try to disperse those gathered there.
In another statement issued half an hour later, the police confirmed that it was carrying out a “dispersal operation” after a “large group” of protesters surrounded the district police station, forcing the service of the complaints office to be suspended. .
According to the laws of Hong Kong, participating in an illegal demonstration can lead to sentences of between three and five years in prison and a fine of 5,000 Hong Kong dollars (639 USD).
Many of the stores in Yuen Long closed their doors in fear of what might happen.
This protest is a new chapter of the demonstrations that began in early June in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill that, according to lawyers and human rights activists, could result in a Beijing regime’s access to “fugitives “refugees on Hong Kong soil.
For his detractors, it is a law that will intimidate and penalize critics and dissidents of the Chinese regime, while his defenders say he seeks to fill a legal vacuum, since there are no legal extradition formulas between Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China .
However, the demonstrations have shifted to broader demands for improvements in the democratic mechanisms of the city, whose sovereignty regained China in 1997 with the commitment to maintain until 2047 the structures left there by the British.