For six months now Anti-Government protesters have organized demonstrations throughout Hong Kong.
On Monday the violence escalated to new levels. Hong Kong is in turmoil. An unarmed protester was shot by the Hong Kong police. Pro-democracy activists were enraged.
A man was set on fire on a footbridge after an argument with demonstrators. According to Hong Kong media, both men are in critical condition.
The reason for the protests is clear cut, Hong Kong wants freedom from Beijing’s influence. After Monday’s violence both sides are accusing each other of intentionally turning up their tactics.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Spoke To Journalists
“If there is still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen.”
Video Of Police Officer Shooting A Man In The Eastern District Of San Wan Ho
Hours later Lam spoke out about both violent incidents that occurred on Monday.
“One is the outcome of open-fire incident by police, in the course of an enforcement operation.”
“The other is a very malicious case of setting an individual on fire in front of many witnesses. This is a blatant breach of peace and the rule of law.”
Leader of the pro-democracy movement, Joshua Wong had this to say;
“The police officer who fired his weapon should be charged with attempted homicide.”
“I have called on supporters inside and outside of Hong Kong to get pressure on China to ease its policies, they should act now rather than wait for the conclusion of a ‘slow-motion massacre’ by police.”
Hong Kong is in turmoil we pray the violence can end soon and everyone can compromise and bring peace back to the city.
(Cover photo courtesy of NPR, videos courtesy of Bloomberg TicToc and Global News, Source NPR)