HONG KONG (AP) — Another police station in Hong Kong became the target of protesters’ ire yesterday as rallies in two different parts of the city converged into one, with participants gearing up for another night of protracted demonstrations.
Following a rally in the Tseung Kwan O area, some protesters used what appeared to be a long, homemade slingshot to hurl rocks, bricks and other objects at a police station. They shattered multiple glass windows, authorities said. Demonstrators elsewhere also began to barricade and block roads.
Police said earlier in the day that they had arrested over 20 people for offences including unlawful assembly and assault after protest marches last Saturday devolved into now-routine standoffs between protesters and law enforcement.
As has been the pattern during two months of mass pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese territory, yesterday’s rallies started off peacefully.
At one park on Hong Kong Island, a flutist and a trumpeter played Do You Hear the People Sing? from the musical Les Miserables, which has become a rallying song for protests.
“I feel ashamed because for a long time we didn’t do anything,” said Lee. “But now we are awake. I have to speak out for the next generation. It’s our moral responsibility.”
Last Saturday, a protest march in the territory’s northern area of Kowloon erupted in clashes with police after some marchers walked off the government-approved route and into separate areas.
Police said some protesters threw gasoline bombs, bricks and glass bottles and refused to disperse.
Some blocked streets while others surrounded two different police stations, damaging vehicles parked inside one lot.
Residents in one neighbourhood banded together with protesters and surrounded a police station, yelling at riot police to leave.
Protesters are demanding an independent investigation into complaints of police abuse and the government response to an attack in a train station that injured 44 people. They also demand Lam to resign.
Activists have called for a citywide general strike today.
Hong Kong residents increasingly accuse China’s ruling Communist Party of encroaching on their liberties. Those fears have been fuelled by the arrests of booksellers and activists in Hong Kong.