Watching Hong Kong from The 4th Reich Known As America by Mitch Santell
Each day I am mesmerized by what I am reading, seeing, and listening in Hong Kong. There is a full-on protest that is happening there now, and even Civil Servants working directly for the Hong Kong government have joined the citizens on the streets to say “enough is enough.”
There are now rumors that “martial law” may be declared on Monday of this week.”
Hong Kong continues to roil with protests, entering a third month of social unrest sparked by the government’s now-shelved extradition bill. A day after thousands of civil servants took to the streets in Central to urge authorities to give in to protesters’ demands, people gathered on Saturday for an approved rally in the shopping hub of Mong Kok, but which soon splintered off into different directions, ending in clashes in Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui as police used tear gas.
Outside Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station, some had hurled bricks into its car park, while others vandalised vehicles and lamp posts. The force said it had issued a warning for the crowd to leave before firing rounds of tear gas.
Earlier, protesters marched all the way to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, briefly blocking it and bringing traffic to a halt, before circling back to Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui. Along sections of the main thoroughfare Nathan Road, some set up barricades and geared up with helmets and masks as night fell.
The demands remain the same as at other rallies, that the government look into alleged abuse of police power; completely withdraw the bill; exonerate all protesters arrested; implement universal suffrage; and stop calling the protests a riot. Police warned they would have zero tolerance for any violence, because of the march’s proximity to a busy shopping district.
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