HONGKONG – Beijing supporters responded on Saturday to a recent call from lawmakers to remove democracy-friendly messages posted on walls and subway stations near this Asian financial capital, and feared renewed clashes Protests against the government push into their 16th weekend.
Supporters of the Chinese government removed living murals of post-its and Lennon Walls-known works of art that have become a symbol of the protest movement. In the meantime, demonstrators for democracy collided with the police and exchanged gasoline bombs and tear gas.
"They want to tear down all material because they want to silence us," said a black-clad protester named John, 30, who works in real estate. "We do not care how much they tear down, we just come back tomorrow, every night and every day."
The demonstrators were unimpressed by the Lennon Wall and showed no sign of setback. The government also shows no willingness to make concessions and tensions increase as the Chinese Communist Party's 70th anniversary approaches Chinese Communist Party.
Lennon Walls – public mosaics expressing support for the democracy movement – have defined Hong Kong's protest movement since its June outbreak on a controversial extradition law. Although the bill was deferred by Carrie Lam, the city's embattled leader, the demonstrators deal with their remaining four demands, including free elections and an independent investigation of police violence this summer.
Behind the mural was the outspoken lawmaker Junius Ho, who was arrested after a shocking subway attack on the 21st. July became a polarizing figure when a mob of men wearing white shirts and poles with Chinese flags stormed a train station indiscriminately beating civilians, injuring at least 45 people, including journalists and lawmakers. Ho was accused of collaborating with the attackers after he was filmed that evening in the area and shaking hands with men in white. He denied any connection.
Protesters have prevented the withdrawal by plastering pictures of Ho along the paths of Lennon Walls, so that the cleaners would have to tear down his photo. Passersby made videos of themselves as they walked across the runway of faces drawn with fangs and other explosives.
"You have the right to do so," said a 35-year-old designer who identified himself with his surname Poon: referring to the supporters of Ho, who tear down the murals. "Nobody can stop her. You have the right to express your opinion, only no violence.
Ho returned to headlines on Wednesday after the mighty Hong Kong Jockey Club canceled a race in which its horse "Hong Kong Bet" competed. The club said it had scrapped the event because of "possible social unrest" and feared that the stadium could become the next protest hot spot. (Anthony Kwan / Getty Images)
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong's western district of Tuen Mun, thousands crowded into every inch of shadow as they gathered in a playground. A small group of protesters played football, while others distributed protest items such as face masks and identification badges to prevent the persecution of personal information. According to police estimates, 4,300 people attended the rally in Tuen.
Expecting clashes, Hong Kong subway stations closed two stations before demonstrations.
] Allegedly, the purpose of the protest was to demonstrate to women who sing loudly in parks late in the night in microphones and dance for men and donations about Damas or "singing aunts". Protests often focus on local issues, depending on the neighborhood in which they unfold. A police ban on the event was lifted.
But as the shouts and applause showed, it was another demonstration against the government. Protesters in the stands cheered, "Free Hong Kong! Revolution of our time! "And refill oil! "Black-clad demonstrators played football before opening umbrellas to launch a march under the oppressive sun.
"The Hong Kong government still does not respond to the five demands," she told Harrison, 28, an airline worker. "We want to fight until they respond to our five demands. We continue to fight until the police pay for what they did to us.
Late in the afternoon, clashes broke out between police and demonstrators near a closed subway station, demonstrators threw bricks, built barricades and set fire, and some burned a Chinese flag – a felony in Beijing's eyes. Police raided the streets and fired tear gas.
The police underwent intensive investigation this week after Amnesty International issued a report accusing the police of an "alarming pattern" of "ruthless and indiscriminate" tactics against demonstrators. 19659024] Beijing promised Hong Kong, a former British colony, d For 50 years, he had a high degree of autonomy before the city regained Chinese sovereignty in 1997. The city should enjoy freedoms that were denied to mainland China, such as the rule of law, free press and independent judiciary.