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Police charge protesters on a new day of protests in Hong Kong

October 7, 2019

MADRID, Oct. 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The police have used tear gas and non-lethal ammunition on Monday against protesters who have gone out on the streets for four more days to protest against the Carrie Lam government.

Hundreds of Hong Kong people have demonstrated in different parts of Hong Kong throughout the day, surrounding shopping centers. The most tense situation has occurred around the subway mouth of the Prince Edward stop, in the Mong Kok district, the nerve center of the protests.

At nightfall (local time), protesters have erected barricades leading to a confrontation with the Police, which has used tear gas and non-lethal ammunition, according to 'South China Morning Post'.

In Sha Tin, a man has deployed a Chinese flag in the New Town Plaza shopping mall and has shouted “Hong Kong is Chinese”, after which he has boarded a bus that protesters have slowed to force him to get off and hit him in the face. The police have had to release him and escort him.

Monday's protests, which have concentrated hundreds of people in various parts of Hong Kong, have been less violent than Sunday's. Thousands of people marched in masks defying a recent law, in a peaceful environment, although at the end of the day the riots broke out.

The demonstrations in Hong Kong began last June against the controversial law of extradition to mainland China. Lam finally agreed to cancel the bill and offered a national dialogue but has refused other demands, such as universal suffrage.

In a new attempt to deactivate the protests, the Lam government recovered last week a colonial era law that prohibits the use of masks in demonstrations. However, the participants have challenged it again and again since the norm was recovered.

“The oppression of the Communist Party, as well as the recent use of emergency laws and the prohibition of masks are negatively affecting freedom in Hong Kong,” a 35-year-old Hong Kong told the 'SCMP', ensuring protests will follow.