MADRID, Sep. 8 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Police and thousands of protesters have met again on Sunday in various parts of Hong Kong, in this case with the epicenter of the Central Station, and in the financial district. The police have made several arrests.
One of the marches has ended before the US Consulate, in which they have asked Washington to approve a motion in support of pro-democratic protests and in defense of Human Rights, reports the newspaper 'South China Morning Post'. There, protesters sang the American anthem and asked President Donald Trump to “free” Hong Kong.
“Fight for freedom, support Hong Kong,” protesters chanted before delivering their petitions to the Consulate. “Resist Beijing. Free Hong Kong,” they have cried out.
Another hot spot this Sunday has been the commercial district of Causeway Bay, where the police have used tear gas to disperse the protest. Protesters were also dispersed in the Central Station area, so the protest moved to the Admiralty Barium, Wan Chai and finally Causeway Bay in an already usual cat and mouse game.
Activists have erected barricades, broken shop windows, caused fires in the streets and caused significant damage to subway stations.
“We can't leave because there are riot police,” said one of the protesters, Oscar, 20, from Causeway Bay. “We have shot tear gas from the station. Now we are heading to North Point,” he added.
On Saturday there were moments of tension in several stations of the Hong Kong metro (MTR), in some cases with physical clashes between protesters and police, as in Kowloon.
The protesters maintain the demonstrations despite the decision of the leader of the Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam, who last Wednesday withdrew the bill that would allow the extraditions of Hong Kong to mainland China, the origin of the protests.
Demonstrations have sometimes paralyzed parts of the city, an important Asian financial center, due to street clashes between protesters and the Police, which has responded with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons. Violent arrests of protesters have drawn international attention.
Hong Kong returned under Chinese sovereignty in 1997 thanks to an agreement with the United Kingdom whereby China undertook to maintain the regime of rights and freedoms enjoyed by the territory during colonial rule, which resulted in the beginning of 'a country , two systems'.
In recent years, Hong Kong people have taken the streets massively to preserve this special status. They already did it in 2014, with the so-called Umbrella Revolution, in which many saw the 'Chinese Spring' although it was finally deactivated.