Police fire tear gas as thousands rally in Hong Kong

Police fire tear gas as thousands rally in Hong Kong

According to worldwide media reports, the arrests made on January 1 were one of the largest arrests in a single day since the unrest rocked the former British colony in June 2019 making the total count of detainees to at least 7,000. He said the police's actions amounted to suppressing press freedom and the freedom of assembly.

Traffic through Hong Kong International Airport declined across the board a year ago as protesters conducted sit-ins and disrupted transport routes. That's why we arrested Mr. Lau.

Flight movements fell 1.9 per cent, while total cargo throughput declined 6.1 per cent from a year ago to 4.8 million tonnes.

Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters who gathered in a central Hong Kong park, but later spilled onto the streets, briefly barricading roads and spray-painting buildings.

Two police officers were bleeding from the head after a group of "rioters" attacked them with wooden sticks, police said in a statement, adding that some also lobed bottles of water and other objects from security forces. It condemned the violence and said protesters had gone on a "rampage", throwing bricks, committing arson and damaging public facilities. "The organizer certainly is acquainted with those injured officers".

A large protest in Hong Kong was ended by police when clashes broke out between protesters and plainclothes officers Sunday.

Lau also called on attendees to have a new mentality in 2020, of not only attending protest events but also keep "resisting".

At least 10 people were arrested during the police operation.

Police approved the gathering in Chater Garden in the Central business district but not a planned march to the Causeway Bay shopping area, citing concerns that it could turn violent.

One of the organizers was also arrested for "repeatedly" obstructing officers, Ng said, without identifying the person.

Speaking to local media, he said the movement needs to maintain a sufficient level of demonstrators at the marches to ensure the world's attention does not wane.

Beijing has stuck to a proposal for universal suffrage that it outlined in August 2014, triggering the Occupy protests.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and China have refused to give more concessions.

Demonstrations against Beijing's encroachment into the former British colony, which was returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, first ignited in June over an extradition bill that would the Chinese regime to transfer individuals for trial in mainland China.

The protests, which have since broadened to include demands for universal suffrage and an independent investigation into police handling of the demonstrations had lost some of their intensity in recent weeks. "The violent attacks were outrageous", the spokesman said in a statement.

The plainclothes officers told the organisers that the rally was being called off, according to Ventus Lau, a member of the Hong Kong Civil Assembly Team, which organised the rally.

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