Truly Awesome Way Hong Kong Protesters Deal With Tear Gas
Activists began protesting in early June for the government to withdraw an extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to stand trial in mainland China, where critics say their legal rights would be threatened. The government suspended the bill, but the protests have expanded to calls for democracy and government accountability.
The supporters of dozens of protesters in Hong Kong arrested on riot charges have gathered outside court, chanting “reclaim Hong Kong” after another night of clashes with police.
Several hundred protesters mobilised in the streets outside a police station on Tuesday after 44 people were arrested on riot charges stemming from unrest on Sunday. The move brought out at least one officer carrying a shotgun, which he pointed at protesters. It is unclear what the weapon was loaded with.
Hong Kong police said in a statement on Tuesday that the people facing riot charges had set up roadblocks, broke fences, damaged street signs and attacked police officers with bricks and iron rods. One of the accused is a 33-year-old man who was also charged with assaulting a police officer. Separately, a 24-year-old man has been charged with possessing a weapon.
In Tuesday night’s protests, livestreamed by Hong Kong media, protesters chanted slogans and threw eggs at the Kwai Chung police station. Police used pepper spray to try to disperse them.
— Alex Hofford (@alexhofford) July 28, 2019