Hong Kong police use tear gas to disperse protesters

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Police in Hong Kong used tear gas on Tuesday night to disperse groups of protesters who staged uncoordinated street protests on New Year’s Eve. It is reported by the broadcasting corporation RTHK.

Masked radicals from youth gathered in the Mong Kok district in the mainland. They occupied the roadway, tried to erect barricades, smashed traffic lights. Currently, law enforcement officers are conducting an operation to disperse protesters. Several people were detained.

On Wednesday, January 1, opposition forces plan a major protest on Hong Kong Island this afternoon. The police gave permission for the march, provided that it passes peacefully along a pre-agreed route. The rally is convened at 15:00 (10:00 Moscow time) from Victoria Park in the Causeway Bay area, its final point will be the city’s business center.

In early summer, mass protests broke out in Hong Kong against the intention of local authorities to pass an extradition bill that would allow extradition of offenders to mainland China. Despite the recall of this legislative initiative, youth opposition supporters continued anti-government protests.

They are periodically accompanied by road blockages, violence, arson and acts of vandalism. However, from mid-November, the situation in the city became calmer, rallies began to decline and began to take place more and more peacefully.


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