For over 5 months protesters have been clashing with police. The Police are getting worn down. Hong Kong’s rule of law has been pushed too far and is on the ‘brink of total collapse’.
This a warning from the Hong Kong police, as they clashed with protesters throughout the city on Tuesday.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who have barricaded themselves in at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus.
Nearly 1,000 protesters came together in central Hong Kong during lunch time hours blocking the roads and jamming up traffic.
“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong”
These were the words protesters wearing office clothes chanted today during their demonstration.
Kong Wingcheung police spokesman spoke out to protesters on Tuesday afternoon
“We have countless examples of rioters using random and indiscriminate violence against innocent people.”
“Hong Kong’s rule of law has been pushed to the brink of total collapse as masked rioters recklessly escalate their violence under the hope that they can get away with it.”
Superintendent Li Kwai-wah spoke at the same conference defending the officers’ decision to shoot at a protester on Monday.
“We found out that our colleague did not only face threat from one person, instead it was a group of people with an organized plan attempting to steal the gun.”
“In a situation like this, we believe our police are reacting according to the guideline, to protect themselves as well as the people around them.”
University management has tried speaking with police to deescalate the violence to no avail.
Dozens of students have already been injured and the night is still young. Students are not backing down and they will not surrender.
(Cover image courtesy of Ft.com, video courtesy of BBC, source BBC)