Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Tuesday in the Central financial district, over the harbor in Mong Kok and at universities to break up pro-democracy protests which they said were leading the city to the “brink of total breakdown”. The clashes came a day after police shot a protester at close range and a man was doused with petrol and set on fire in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city in decades.
Two people are in critical condition after another day of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong. A protester was injured on Monday morning when he was shot at close range by a police officer. He was the third person shot by police since the protests began 24 weeks ago. The territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking to reporters on Monday evening, warned protesters they would not succeed in getting their demands.
Chinese-ruled Hong Kong and Taiwan engaged in a rare squabble on Wednesday over a Hong Kong man accused of murder in Taiwan whose case was used by Hong Kong to promote a now-withdrawn extradition bill. Chan Tong-kai was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Taiwan last year before fleeing back to Hong Kong where he was sentenced to 29 months in jail on money-laundering charges.
Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader, Carrie Lam, has condemned ongoing violent street protests for dampening the economy and ruining the image of the financial hub, in a key annual policy speech that she was forced to deliver via video link after being heckled in parliament. Pro-democracy lawmakers jeered and yelled slogans as she walked into the legislature’s chamber and started to speak, forcing the unprecedented cancellation of the speech.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers on Friday for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city. Lam, speaking at a news conference, said a ban on face masks would take effect on Saturday under the emergency laws that allow authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in whatever they deem to be in the public interest.
Hundreds of students, alumni and staff have held a sit-in denouncing police violence outside the school of a Hong Kong teenager who was shot in the chest by police on Tuesday. Tsang Chi-kin, 18, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after the shooting, the first time live ammunition was used on protesters in the city, representing a major escalation of force by authorities.
A peaceful rally in Hong Kong has descended into chaos as police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters who hurled petrol bombs, set fires and clashed with residents. Tens of thousands of demonstrators defied a police ban and marched on the seat of the government calling for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Hong Kong’s premier women’s tennis event scheduled for October has been postponed due to the pro-democracy protests, organizers announced on Friday. The city is witnessing a fourth month of sometimes violent protests sparked by a bill that would have drawn the former British colony closer to the Chinese legal system. The bill was withdrawn last week, but the protests are continuing.
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are appealing to President Donald Trump for help as they march near the US consulate general in the city. Some are carrying banners reading, “President Trump, please save Hong Kong” and “Make Hong Kong great again”. Sunday’s crowd waved US flags and chanted pleas for the US to “liberate” Hong Kong from China. China has consistently warned other countries not to interfere.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam has said that she has never offered to step down, a day after an audio recording emerged of her saying she would quit if she had “a choice”. “For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable. If I have a choice, the first thing [I would do] is to quit, having made a deep apology,” Lam is heard saying in the recording.