HONG KONG – Thousands of mocking Hong Kong residents protested vigorously against the government on Wednesday at a subway station attacked by a mob last month.
Some have been convicted Masked demonstrators clashed with the police in the subtropical heat, spraying fire extinguishers inside Yuen Long Station while others smeared the floor with cooking oil to stop the police from advancing.
Some demonstrators blocked the stations' exits and sealed the streets outside the station, directing green laser beams at the lines of the shield-carrying officers. Others threw empty fire extinguishers on police lines from overpasses.
This was the last demonstration in a series of demonstrations that have been partly violent since June against alleged erosion of freedoms in the Chinese-ruled former British colony.
Wednesday's protest was the night of July 21
In clubs, the men attacked black-clad demonstrators returning from the island of Hong Kong, as well as passers-by, journalists and a lawmaker who wounded 45 people.
The legislator of the Democratic Party, Lam Cheuk-ting, was injured in the attack by a suspected triad gangster, he said, believing the protesters wanted a peaceful night on Wednesday, but he could not rule out further violence – by gangsters or the police.
It is deeply disappointing that all these weeks later we still have no independent investigation on these events, "he told Reuters.
Police stations were stationed at the edge of the station, and some demonstrators scoffed and shot at them with lasers. A small crowd of masked young men gathered at a station balcony, verbally abusing and cursing police officers in a side street.
In June, anger broke out over a bill now suspended that allowed the extradition of suspected criminal suspects in Hong Kong to the mainland, allowing China to court. Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the legislation is dead.
The riots were fueled by greater concerns over the erosion of freedoms guaranteed by the 1997 "One Land, Two Systems" formula introduced in China were, including an independent judiciary and the right to protest. The demonstrations included the storming of the legislature and the devastation of the airport.
At a spokesman's corner under the MTR station, on July 21, people denounced police brutality and their perceived breach of duty.
"They just walked away," a woman said. "What kind of police are they?"
Peter, a 17-year-old student who distributes free drinks and masks, said he wanted a peaceful night.
"We need to pause the combatants The protests have provoked sharp reactions from Beijing, which has accused foreign countries, including the United States, of stirring up unrest. China has also clearly warned that violent intervention is possible as paramilitary forces carry out exercises in neighboring Shenzhen.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated Washington's demand for China to comply with its commitment to "one country, two systems".
] Speaking with CBS's "This Morning" program on Tuesday, Pompeo highlighted President Donald Trump's remarks during the weekend warning against cracking down on 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests In an editorial, China's influential state tabloid, the Global Times, on Monday appealed to US Vice President Mike Pence's remarks that linked the trade talks to the Hong Kong protests.
The already tense relations between Beijing and London, a Chinese citizen working for British Con in Hong Kong, are likely to deteriorate. Sulate has been detained in Shenzhen, a city on the Chinese border, for violating the law.
Some companies in Hong Kong became involved in controversy during the protests.
Pilots and flight attendants at Cathay Pacific Airways described a "white terror" of policy denunciations, layoffs and searches by Chinese aviation officials.
The Hong Kong Pharmacists & # 39; Union claimed to be concerned about the spread of toxic chemicals from tear gas used by the police in some protests.
"We propose the protective measures and decontamination measures that must be taken after the release of tear gas in your community and in public transport," it says in a statement.
The police then announced in a reading from Wikipedia that tear gas causes no harm to humans.  Protesters shoot at Yuen Long MTR station in Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, with nitrogen fire extinguishers. 19659028] Protesters shoot at Yuen Long MTR station in Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, a month ago with nitrogen fire extinguishers. Reuters