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Hong Kong: 25 people injured in protests

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Twenty-five people were injured in demonstrations and rallies in Hong Kong on Saturday, according to the RTHK Television and Radio Corporation with reference to the medical department.

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On Saturday in Hong Kong, there was a conflict between the protesters and their opponents. It all started with a few fights at Amoy Plaza. A man with a PRC flag in his hands hit another, in a mask. In response, masked men attacked him with umbrellas.

Then the riot police arrived at the scene, blocked the entrance to the mall and detained several people. In addition, residents gathered in other areas.

In total, 25 people were injured at various demonstrations and rallies; they were hospitalized. Most of them are in stable condition.

The head of the Hong Kong administration, Carrie Lam, announced in late August that the authorities had decided to completely revoke the extradition bill, which led to lengthy protests that grew from peaceful demonstrations into violent clashes on the streets of the city.

According to Lam, all necessary procedures will be carried out in October, when the break in the work of the Legislative Assembly ends. After three months of chaos, the authorities made concessions on only one of the five demands of anti-government demonstrators.

The protesters, in turn, were dissatisfied and still demand to fulfill “all five requirements – not one less.” They demand to abolish the use of the term “riots” in relation to the June 12 protests, release all previously arrested demonstrators, conduct an independent investigation of police actions during the June 12 protests, and introduce direct general elections for the head of the district administration and in the legislative assembly.

Lam said the government would not make concessions under the amnesty, as this would be contrary to the rule of law, with the Independent Police Complaints Board investigating the actions of the police during the protests, rather than an independent commission, as protesters demand.

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