(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE UK EXPRESS NEWS)
Hong Kong: Police fire tear gas at protesters
This comes after police said the demonstrators inside the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong had no option but to come out and surrender. The protests began peacefully in June and were sparked by proposed legislation that would have meant criminal suspects could be extradited to the mainland. Although the bill was withdrawn, the protests had broadened into a resistance movement against the territory’s government and Beijing.
Many of the protesters wear masks to shield their identities for protection.
China’s ambassador to Britain accused the UK and the US of meddling in the country’s affairs and warned that the Chinese government “will not sit on our hands” if the Hong Kong situation “becomes uncontrollable”.
Cheuk Hau-yip, the commander of Kowloon West district, said: “These rioters, they are also criminals. They have to face the consequences of their acts.
China has warned they will cease control of Hong Kong
The protests kicked off in June and have strengthened in size
“Other than coming out to surrender, I don’t see that there’s any viable option for them.”
China’s ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaming has said that China has the “resolution and power” to end Hong Kong unrest amid protests.
Liu said that the People’s Liberation Army could be deployed in Beijing, warning: “They are already there in the Hong Kong garrison. They are there to show sovereignty and are responsible for defence purposes.
Protesters do not want Hong Kong to lose its autonomy
“If the situation becomes uncontrollable, the central government certainly would not sit on our hands and watch. We have enough resolution and power to end the unrest.”
This comes as China has denounced a Hong Kong court ruling declaring the government’s mask ban unconstitutional.
This decision has been seen as “seriously weakening” the power of the Hong Kong chief executive.
Chris Tang, Hong Kong’s new police commissioner, said in an interview that police alone are not able to end the violence.
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Protesters have worn masks to protect their identities
Protesters believe the extradition bill is an example of Hong Kong’s eroding autonomy under Beijing.
They worry China is taking back the freedoms given to Hong Kong when the UK returned the territory to China.
Hong Kong police have laid siege to a university, pinning 800 students inside and threatened to use live ammunition on them, as the latest round of anti-government protests escalates.
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China said it is committed to the “one country, two systems” formula granting Hong Kong autonomy, while the city’s police deny accusations of brutality and say they show utmost restraint.
The UK has urged an “end to the violence and for all sides to engage in meaningful political dialogue”.