Christmas Eve And Christmas Day are usually ones where families, friends, and loved ones gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus. In Hong Kong due to the political climate, Christmas was ruined as police and protesters clashed.
Three days of anti-government protesting has seen 310 people arrested, numerous injured and the threat of more violence before 2019 comes to a close.
On Thursday the riot-police were out in full force across China to combat the protesters in Tai Po, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui
The protesters have taken to busy shopping malls this time around to express their feelings towards China’s government. Protesters and police clashes have continued to escalate since Christmas Eve. Police are using tear gas, pepper spray, their batons, and rubber bullets against the protesters. They are trying to gain control of an out of control situation.
On January 1 a massive rally is expected at Victoria Park to ring in the new year.
A spokesman for the Hong Kong Police had this to say to reporters;
“Violence has indeed escalated in recent weeks. Including serious acts that endanger public safety and public order by blocking roadways, paralyzing traffic, setting barricades, committing arson, vandalizing shops and railway facilities. Hurling bricks, throwing petrol bombs, flagrantly assaulting bystanders and violently attacking police officers. Increasingly lethal weapons including petrol bombs, catapults with steel ball bearings, explosive devices, bombs, bows
andarrows have been used by radical protesters who have shown up well equipped with helmets, sheilds, goggles, respirators, masks, full body armour and protevticegear. Such preperationsare indicative of their intention to stage violent protests and directly confront and attack police officers, which mitigatethe effectiveness and efficiency of lowerlevel of force avaliableto the police through standard and anti-riot weapons.”
Take A Look For Yourself At All Thats Going On In Hong Kong
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