Police in Hong Kong fire tear gas as street protests continue

Unrest In Hong Kong During Anti Extradition Protests

The protests blocked multiple roads in key commercial and shopping districts and shuttered public facilities across the Asian financial hub.

Riot policemen detain protesters during the anti-extradition bill protest.

Protesters also faced off against police in the Kwai Fong train station, with the demonstrators using fire extinguishers and a water hose against riot officers who fired tear gas into the terminal.

Dressed in protective masks and goggles with long sleeve shirts and pants to protect them from teargas, protesters moved back and forth across the city's subway system as police pushed crowds back from one neighbourhood to the next.

"We still love Hong Kong and we think Hong Kong still has a chance of obtaining a democratic system".

Several other exchanges followed, with protesters, wearing helmets and masks, mostly withdrawing when police fired gas or advanced with shields and truncheons, exhausting authorities and leaving the weeks-long stand-off little closer to resolution.

Hong Kong officials have refused to concede to any demands made by the protesters, including the creation of an independent commission into police actions against protesters and the full withdrawal of the controversial extradition plan.

While many in Hong Kong appear to support the protesters, including ordinary people who have shown up in their hundreds of thousands at peaceful marches this summer, its chief executive, Carrie Lam, has maintained that protesters are largely violent fringe elements who have taken advantage of a civil disobedience movement.

"Affairs of Hong Kong brook no foreign interference".

"Some violent protesters even hurled petrol bombs, injuring a police officer".

Young people have been at the forefront, anxious about the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, while also concerned with issues such as wealth disparities in the city.

They said that they were disillusioned with the inaction of the current administration that has led Hong Kong "into an age of decay".

Yesterday protests occurred in a number of locations in Hong Kong, with protesters, many of whom are young, playing cat-and-mouse with police.

Some Western faces also participated in the sit-in in support of the local protesters fight against the regime's tightening grip on the city.

Air traffic controllers and airline staff, including pilots, took part in the protests and strike last Monday, which affected some 200 flights.

The Chinese authority ordered Cathay to submit information about all crew members flying to the mainland for verification and authorisation starting Sunday.

Speaking about the call between Mr Raab and Ms Lam on Friday, a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "The Foreign Secretary underlined the strength of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, noting our support for Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy as provided for in the Joint Declaration and our commitment to the principle of "One country, Two systems".



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