HONG KONG, Dec 8 (DPA / EP) –
The Hong Kong Police arrested 11 people on Sunday for “possession of an unlicensed firearm” hours before the start of the march in favor of democracy called by the Civil Front for Human Rights, which is expected to be crowded
It is the first time that the Police, who have also seized a Glock gun and more than a hundred bullets, alleges that a firearm, which is strictly illegal in Hong Kong, has been confiscated in relation to the protests that shake the city. since June.
Police have explained that they have received “information that suggested that someone who had participated in an illegal assembly planned to attack the police with weapons” this Sunday, as they published in their Facebook account.
The march called for this Sunday has been authorized by the Honkonese Government after the victory of the opposition candidates in the local elections held on November 24.
During the last six months, the Hong Kong authorities have refused to give the green light to the demonstrations called by the opposition platform. However, the situation has calmed down since pro-democracy candidates won almost 90 percent of the seats in the local parliament.
Hong Kong Police Chief Chris Tang urged citizens on Friday to “peacefully” demonstrate this Sunday. “We hope that our citizens can show the whole world that the people of Hong Kong are capable of conducting a large-scale demonstration in an orderly and peaceful manner,” Tang said.
Protests in Hong Kong began in June against the extradition law to mainland China. The Carrie Lam government has renounced the controversial law but the demonstrations have continued to demand democratic openness, including universal suffrage.