Two water-cannon vehicles are deployed in Admiralty. Photo: Asia Times
HK police, protesters clash in several districts
Violence erupts after force bans large-scale march proposed by the Civic Human Rights Front
Tens of thousands of protesters faced off against riot police in several districts on Saturday afternoon after the force banned a large-scale march proposed by the Civic Human Rights Front.
As the central government’s Liaison Office in Sai Ying Pun was heavily guarded by the police, anti-extradition protesters gathered in Southorn Playground from noon, chanting slogans including “Hong Kong people, add oil!” and “Five demands must be met!”
The five demands include – the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, the withdrawal of “riot” charges laid against people who took part in protests on June 12, the establishment of an independent probe into events during the three months of protests and the release of all arrested protesters and the implementation of universal suffrage.
Protesters occupied main roads in Admiralty, Central and Sheung Wan. But they decided not to clash with riot police in Sai Ying Pun. At 4pm, they started returning to Central and Admiralty.
At around 6:30pm, protesters started leaving Admiralty for Causeway Bay. As the police regained the control of the key roads near the government headquarters in Admiralty, clashes between protesters and riot police continued in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok in the evening. The MTR shut down stations in Admiralty, Wan Chai, Sai Ying Pun and Jordan for “safety reasons.”