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Tens of thousands of opponents challenge the ban on demonstration by Hong Kong authorities

Flag of the British colony of Hong Kong displayed by the protesters of Hong Kong – REUTERS / TYRONE SIU – Archive

Protesters sing the 'God Save The Queen' and ask for an intervention in London

HONG KONG, 15 (Reuters / EP)

Tens of thousands of opponents challenge the ban on demonstration by Hong Kong authorities
Tens of thousands of opponents challenge the ban on demonstration by Hong Kong authorities

Tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have defied the ban on the authorities and seconded the protests called in the 15th week of mobilizations, this Sunday marked by a concentration in which they have sung the 'God save the Queen' (' God Save The Queen ') and have waved flags of the United Kingdom in front of the British consulate to demand that the former colonial power guarantee the fulfillment, by China, of its commitments to the city's freedoms.

In the midst of the protests, violent groups have attacked the facilities of the Hong Kong subway network (MTR), so the police have replaced with tear gas and water cannons.

Protesters have also thrown Molotov cocktails in the immediate vicinity of the Hong Kong government headquarters and have thrown bricks at the base of the Chinese Army in the Admiraltazgo neighborhood. They have also uprooted and lit a red banner celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1.

After hours of riots the protest has been diluted during the night despite sporadic clashes in neighborhoods such as Causeway Bay, Wan Chai or Fortress Hill. In Fortress Hill, individuals in white T-shirts, some armed with metal bars, have confronted opposition protesters.

This is the second occasion in which the authorities prohibit a demonstration called by the Front for Human and Civil Rights in which it is already the 15th consecutive week of protests.

The territory ruled by China has been shaken in recent weeks by a series of protests in favor of democracy seen as independentistas by Beijing. Hong Kong returned under Chinese sovereignty in 1997 thanks to an agreement with the United Kingdom whereby China pledged 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. “The joint Chinese-British declaration is CANCELED,” denounced a banner. “SOS Hong Kong,” warned another. “One country, two systems is dead,” some of the protesters shouted in English.

“I am here to demand that the United Kingdom protect the rights of our citizens in Hong Kong and speak on behalf of Hong Kong under the Joint Declaration,” said one of the protesters.

“The joint declaration is a legally binding treaty between the United Kingdom and China that remains as valid today as it was when it was signed and ratified more than 30 years ago,” a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Ministry said in June. “As co-signatory, the UK government will continue to defend our position,” he added.

The Civil Front of Human Rights has called the demonstration in Victoria Park, just east of the central commercial district, but the police have denied permission due to previous clashes in recent weeks.

At the beginning of September, the leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, announced a series of concessions to protesters in an attempt to put an end to the mobilizations, including the final withdrawal of the extradition law, the norm that caused the start of the mobilizations. Protesters have said that the rectification of the Hong Kong government is too late.

China, for its part, 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 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.

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