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 Carrie Lam said no #PoliceBrutality in #HongKong, this kind of scene keeps popping up in my mind. So I decided to post a police brutality video every day so as to remind the authourity, YES THERE’S POLICE BRUTALITY. Things won’t change by telling lies. #HKPoliceTerrorists pic.twitter.com/GhdSQAD8WA
— Save Hong Kong (@SavingHongKong) January 17, 2020
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.
Take a closer look to how #HongKong police do to civilians outside #ChaterGarden after they terminate the rally. Police fired tear gas and pepper spray projectiles to the ppl, an elderly who was just passing by pinned on floor, police smashed his head, blood spilled from his head pic.twitter.com/YevcIYDpAd
— Nikki? (@nikki_miumiu) January 19, 2020
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.
[RECAP] #hongkongpolice in white quickly wear his mask to hide his identity right after he pushed a citizen, unlawfully of course, to the floor.
–#policebrutality #policestate #freehk #freedomhk #hongkong #hk #hongkongprotest #hongkongprotests #standwithhongkong pic.twitter.com/Xo2V4qtFS0
— CH (@CH_HONGKONG) January 18, 2020
They also call for real democracy, as was once promised when the change of sovereignty.
I 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 just blocked my entrance to Hong Kong, illustrating the worsening problem. https://t.co/GRUaGh8QUb pic.twitter.com/iTHVEXdbwO
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) January 12, 2020
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.