HONG KONG, Sep 14 (Reuters / EP) –
The Hong Kong Police have intervened this Saturday to dissolve the altercations that were taking place between protesters in favor of China and those who denounce the interference of Beijing in the former British colony around a shopping center at the start of new demonstrations in the city.
Protesters in favor of China have chanted “support the Police.” “Hong Kong is China,” he has shouted at a woman to a pedestrian who has responded in a heated way by triggering shoves. The altercations have spread to the surrounding streets and the Police have proceeded to arrest several people.
During the day on Friday, protesters have gathered peacefully throughout the city and have attended the Autumn Festival, in contrast to the violence that has been present in the region during the last weeks, where the police have had to repress the protests with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.
Last week, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced a series of concessions to protesters in an attempt to end the mobilizations, including the final withdrawal of the extradition law, the norm that triggered the mobilization . Protesters have said that the rectification of the Hong Kong government is too late.
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'. However, many Hong Kong citizens fear that Beijing is destroying that autonomy.
China, on the other hand, denies the charge of interference and insists that Hong Kong is an “internal matter.” He has also denounced the protests, accusing the United States and the United Kingdom of fostering this situation of instability, and has warned of the damage it is causing in the economy. In this regard, the United Kingdom considers that it has a legal responsibility to ensure that China meets its obligations under the Joint Declaration.
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. The current protests threatened to resurrect this movement on the eve of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In addition to calling for the withdrawal of the extradition bill and the release of detainees for violence, protesters want an independent investigation into the perception of police brutality, the withdrawal of the word “mutiny” to describe the demonstrations and the right of Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders. Protests have caused Chinese President Xi Jinping to face his biggest popular challenge since he came to power in 2012.