Hong kong democracy protesters in fresh clashes with police
China and Hong Kong, a British territory that has been under tight control since 1997, continue to mingle with the Chinese people in their latest crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.
Thousands of people, most바카라사이트ly pro-democracy students, protesters and human rights campaigners gat바카라사이트hered in central Hong Kong on Saturday, with the crowds demanding that authorities release protesters jailed on charges of subversion.
The crowd threw stones, bricks and bottles at police, and there were sporadic shots fired during the violent scenes. But there were no reports of arrests.
A policeman was struck in the face and knocked down during the clashes in Tsim Sha Tsui, according to eyewitnesses, some of whom asked not to be identified.
Protestor Shung Wong-ming, 43, said the situation was tense from the beginning.
“The police were shooting in the air as soon as the crowd started chanting ‘Long live democracy’, but I believe the people in the crowd were holding back their anger,” he said.
“Then there was about 15-20 police officers who started shooting. I heard the sound of their bullets hitting the people in the crowd, and then people started running away… everyone was crying and shouting. I don’t know when it was I was hit, but when I did fall to the ground I was shocked.
“[On Saturday], the crowd was chanting: ‘Long live democracy, let the Hong Kong police leave the city, leave the city’,” the 24-year-old said. “In the end they kept the crowd quiet and the police did not break it up.”
The police had originally launched a crackdown on pro-democracy protests two weeks ago, with many of the arrests and beatings of demonstrators in the Mong Kok and Causeway Bay districts as well as at least four deaths.
On Saturday, police were also reportedly preparing for a major security crackdown in the central district of Sai Kung, which has traditionall바카라y witnessed pro-democracy protests. The protesters claimed authorities had closed a major thoroughfare that ran through the district, but the police denied the reports, with local media claiming that the area was still under control.
But many protesters on Saturday appeared to be angered by the crackdown, with some saying they did not fear reprisals. “Don’t try to divide Hong Kong,” the protester said. “We need to stand up for what we believe in, and we’re not going to allow the police to take us out.”