Hong Kong riot police deployed to chase down protesters

Hong Kong riot police deployed to chase down protesters

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.

Hundreds of people have gathered in Sydney at a pro-China rally, condemning violence stemming from pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

After gathering peacefully in the Central business district, the teachers marched on the Government House residence of Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam, chanting "Hong Kong police know the law, they break the law".

The 19-year-old, along with other radical protesters, seized Fu Guohao, a Beijing-based reporter with Global Times, bounding the journalist's wrists with zip-ties on a luggage trolley at Hong Kong International Airport. "It didn't used to be like this". Posters showing bloody clashes are stuck on street corners and there is a protest almost every night.

"If we don't come out, our future, our next generation will face even more suppression", he added. Saturday's protest in the southern city was peaceful. "Now to see it become like this, I'm not happy, so I've come out to show a little strength".

"(Violence is) not acceptable", he said, referring to clashes between police and protesters last weekend.

Others said "The only place I want pepper is in my noodle soup", "SOS: please save Hong Kong" and "No China extradition". "Canada remains concerned about the potential effect these proposals may have on the large number of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong".

The authorities stated, "We respect the right of the community to express their views peacefully and lawfully but will not tolerate those who break the law or engage in antisocial or violent behavior". We're not doing anything wrong.

"We [have] still got a very vivid memory of the Tiananmen Square".

The biggest rally is expected to take place on Sunday on the main island.

. But by the time the cops were assembled and started their charge, most of the protesters were gone and angry residents of the neighborhood accused them of being part of a criminal gang and told them to leave. The police eventually left without firing tear gas.

Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police were seen using the terrifying eight-foot U-shaped poles during a training drill at Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, which is located across from Hong Kong. Dozens of army-green armored carriers and trucks were parked inside and outside the facility.

Hong Kong police announced during a daily briefing on August 15 that 748 people have been arrested in connection with the protests since June 9.

At a press conference, Hong Kong police commander Yeung Man-pun was asked if his forces were capable of controlling the situation or if the intervention from the mainland was becoming inevitable.

Chinese officials have likened some actions by protesters to "terrorism".

Lawrence Lau, a Hong Kong lawyer, told NOW that those under arrest have the right to not unlock their phones for police, unless the information is suspected to risk causing immediate harm.

But protesters remain unbowed, despite the arrests of more than 700 people and eleven consecutive weekends of rallies that have won few concessions.

The scuffle broke out when pro-Chinese demonstrators disrupted the rally by holding up a Chinese flag above the crowd while cheering, effectively drowning out the organizer of the rally.

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