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Hong Kong Police Arrest More than 200 as Pro-democracy Protests Return

File photo of demonstrators protesting in Hong Kong. 
(Image: Reuters)

File photograph of demonstrators protesting in Hong Kong.
(Image: Reuters)

Images beamed stay from the working class district of Mong Kok confirmed riot police pushing again some reporters and firing pepper spray amid chaotic scenes.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: May 11, 2020, 12:28 PM IST

Hong Kong: Hong Kong authorities arrested greater than 200 individuals throughout pro-democracy protests, media reported on Monday, after a sing-along demonstration at a shopping center spilled out on to the streets of the Chinese-ruled metropolis.

Hundreds of riot police have been deployed to disperse the protesters on Sunday, with some members of the media caught up within the chaos that evoked recollections of the typically violent unrest that rocked the worldwide monetary hub final 12 months.

Several media retailers, citing sources, stated greater than 200 individuals have been arrested. Police stated they might not verify the quantity. The Hospital Authority stated 18 individuals have been taken to hospital.

Images beamed stay from the working class district of Mong Kok confirmed riot police pushing again some reporters and firing pepper spray amid chaotic scenes.

Footage confirmed protesters being subdued on the bottom, scuffles and folks bleeding.

Police fired pepper spray at journalists and activists, and performed cease and search operations on members of the general public and media.

The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association (HKJA) stated some members of the press have been prevented from filming.

“Some journalists who were sprayed by pepper spray were not allowed to receive immediate treatment, and they were requested to stop filming,” stated Chris Yeung, chairman of the HKJA.

Police didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The outbreak of coronavirus and strict guidelines to curb its unfold had introduced a relative lull in anti-government protests this 12 months, however the current arrest of democracy activists and renewed concern about Beijing’s tightening grip on town have revived the motion.

Police in riot gear informed protesters they have been staging an unlawful meeting and violating anti-virus measures that bar gatherings of greater than eight individuals.

Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong was arrested for “disorderly conduct in a public place”, police stated.

Video footage confirmed Kwong apparently being pushed to the bottom after which surrounded by officers. He was later taken to hospital after he stated he was feeling unwell.

The monetary hub is gearing up for protests over the following few months, with activists calling for 2 million individuals to collect for an annual march on July 1 that marks the anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

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