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Hong Kong: Police brutality peaks with baton charge, pepper spray and rubber bullets

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

Tens of Thousands of people demonstrated in Hong Kong against Chinese human rights abuses. However, 90 minutes after the start of the approved protest march on Sunday, the police used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets against the largely peaceful demonstrators. An unknown number of participants were arrested. According to the police, the rally was broken up because “a group of rioters” set fire, blocked roads and “brutally attacked” police officers.

The demonstrations in the Chinese special administrative region have been going on for more than half a year. The protests are directed against their own government and the Chinese leadership in Beijing, which is expanding their influence on the former British crown colony.

Since its return to China in 1997, Hong Kong has been managed autonomously according to the “one country, two systems” principle under Beijing’s sovereignty.

The seven million Hong Kong citizens – unlike the 1.3 billion people in the People’s Republic – enjoy extensive rights such as freedom of assembly, expression and the press, which they are increasingly concerned about.

They also call for real democracy, as was once promised when the change of sovereignty.

The executive director Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth flew to Hong Kong to release HRW ’s new World Report. This year it describes how the Chinese government is undermining the international human rights system. But the authorities barred him to  enter Hong Kong. Roth said that the situation in Chinese special administrative region is critical.

Read also: Hong Kong demonstrators continue protests at Christmas

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

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