MADRID, 31 Aug. –
Hong Kong Police are using tear gas and blue-tinged water cannons against groups of protesters who have responded with Molotov cocktails in the most violent protests of recent weeks in the territory, fueled by the previous arrests of several pro-democratic activists.
Protests are being concentrated at the headquarters of the Hong Kong Government, which has received the impacts of several of these flaming bombs. The march, initially convened by the Civil Front for Human Rights, was suspended after the police refused to grant the necessary permits.
Protesters are also throwing stones and other blunt objects at agents and attendees of the illegal march, which is touring the Admiralty neighborhood, which houses most of the institutions, are counted by thousands, according to the 'South China Morning Post '.
Given the chaotic situation, the Police have decided to use blue-dyed water to better identify the suspects of these violent acts.
“After repeated and useless warnings,” the Police explained in a statement, “the agents have used tear gas and the minimum force necessary to disperse the protesters, whom he recommends that they cease their activity and leave the place immediately.”
At least six activists were arrested in the last 72 hours, which is an escalation of repression by the Hong Kong authorities, acting on the orders of the Chinese Government, against the protesters.
Among those arrested, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow stood out, both for “participating in an illegal meeting” by surrounding a police station during previous protests, and were released hours later.
Wong and Chow say they are not involved in this new wave of demonstrations in Hong Kong, which they describe as a “headless” movement. In reality, both are listed as founders of a movement called Demosisto, in favor of self-determination of the territory.
Demosisto has issued a harsh condemnation statement on Friday against the arrests of its leaders. “The Police have created a shocking effect, of 'white terror',” the group says, referring to the brutal period of repression carried out in 1947 by the then Chinese Nationalist Party against political dissidents in Taiwan.
“They have no idea how furious we are,” added the training in a statement collected by the 'South China Morning Post', and whose content fully matches the activist Kong Tsung Gan.
“This is a coordinated effort between the Chinese Communist Party and the Government and the Hong Kong Police to intimidate people before they start a few crucial days for the territory,” DPA said.