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Hong Kong Police arrest 29 people during protests against the Government

August 25, 2019

HONG KONG, Aug 25 (Reuters / EP) –

The Hong Kong Police have arrested 29 people during the violent protests against the Government, where some protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails at the security forces, which have in turn responded with tear gas, at the same time as the Asian financial center is preparing for a new day of demonstrations.

Riot police and protesters in Hong Kong met again on Saturday after the peaceful demonstrations last week against the Government of the territory. Previously four MTR subway stations had been closed due to protests.

The authorities turned to tear gas after some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and bricks and others broke “smart” streetlights equipped with surveillance cameras. Others had blocked the roads with scaffolding made of bamboo. This is the first use of tear gas in 10 days after a series of demonstrations, mostly peaceful, in the former British colony.

The train stations that arrive at the airport, as well as the roads leading to it, were largely cleared, with a slight police presence along some of the access routes. However, the city's rail operator has had to close four stations before the protest planned for this Saturday began.

Protesters have organized a new rally in the Tsuen Wan workers' district and have said they are planning a series of protests, including, for example, a mass march, a citywide strike and boycotts at the city's universities.

Police have said in an official statement that they strongly condemn the protesters who have “broken public peace” and that 19 men and 10 women had been arrested. Among the detainees was also the organizer of Saturday's march, Ventus Lau, as reported by the public network RTHK.

The protests in Hong Kong, which began in June, began to demand the withdrawal of the extradition bill that allowed those suspected of committing a crime in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China, although it is currently suspended.

This situation is affecting the economy and tourism of the city. Companies, including large banks and real estate developers, have called for a restoration of law and order.

So far, the authorities have refused to comply with any of the five key demands of the protesters, which include, among other measures, an independent investigation into police brutality, the total withdrawal of the extradition bill and full democracy.