Beijing announces a tougher stance on Hong Kong. Activists of the democracy movement react with protests. Again there are violent riots. Now, however, the violence is also directed against the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
The ongoing protests in Hong Kong have led to clashes between police and protesters. Dozens of people were arrested. The police used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray and a water cannon. Radical activists threw incendiary bombs, built roadblocks and attacked businesses with suspected relations with China. Democrat activist Joshua Wong also called for the protests. For the first time, protesters also targeted the Xinhua official Chinese news agency and hit the windows in the lobby. It was the 22nd weekend in a row that demonstrations took place in the Chinese Special Administrative Region. The protests are directed against the government and the growing influence of the Communist Beijing leadership. After the police had not previously approved a demonstration originally planned in the Victoria Park, candidates for the district council election gathered there spontaneously for campaign appearances, which do not have to be specifically approved, as long as the groups remain small. Nevertheless, the police dissolved the meetings early with tear gas. Wong Excluded from Local Elections The following clashes in the streets in the neighborhood also brought a quick end to two approved demonstrations at Chater Garden and Edinburgh Place. The riots lasted until the evening. The Hong Kong Central Subway Station was closed and stopped after demonstrators reportedly set fire to an entrance, according to the South China Morning Post. One of the demonstrations was the well-known Hong Kong democracy activist Wong, who had been excluded from the upcoming municipal elections in the Chinese Special Administrative Region a few days ago. The harder intervention of the police makes it increasingly difficult in Hong Kong to exercise the right of assembly, he wrote in the short message service Twitter. "But we do not give up our constitutional rights." The communist leadership in Beijing had announced that it would adopt a tougher stance in Hong Kong. She wanted to tolerate "no activities" that would split the country or jeopardize national security. Beijing also plans to "strengthen national consciousness and patriotism" in Hong Kong "through education in Chinese history and culture." The protesters call for free elections, an independent investigation of police brutality, and impunity for the already more than 2000 detainees. The former British Crown Colony has been autonomously governed since its return to China in 1997 on the principle of "one country, two systems". Unlike the people of the Communist People's Republic, the seven million Hong Kongers enjoy freedom of expression and assembly, but increasingly fear for their freedoms.