Thousands of pro-democracy activists gather in Hong Kong before four days of protests
Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists have gathered thousands for a gigantic four-day demonstration that they hope will steal the attention of the Chinese jubilee celebrations.
Despite naked police violence to destroy anti-government marches, the dynamics behind the protest movement show no signs of slowing down, while the city state is preparing for its fourth month of uprisings.
Tonight started what is expected to be one of the biggest shows to oversee the festivities in Beijing.
The Chinese government – whose insidious breach of Hong Kong's autonomy initially caused the protests – is planning a spectacular military parade on Tuesday to mark the 70 years since the establishment of the People's Republic.
Clashes with officers are likely after the police banned the birthday of March, citing security concerns, but activists so far seem ready to face these threats.
Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists have walked into the streets with thousands to start a gigantic four-day rally that they hope will steal the attention of the Chinese jubilee celebrations
Striking photos of tonight's rally locations show demonstrators pro-democracy crammed into a shopping mall in Kowloon Tong district
Tonight started what is expected to be one of the biggest shows to date to oversee the Beijing festivities
A pro-democracy activist is holding a placard during a rally at Edinburgh Place on Friday night
Striking photos of tonight's rally locations show demonstrators pro-democracy crammed into a shopping mall in the Kowloon Tong district.
And thousands more flocked to Edinburgh Place park that they illuminated with their cell phones.
Previous prohibitions were widely ignored and soon came into violence with hardcore activists who threw stones and Molotov cocktails and the police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon.
Hong Kong protests were fueled by a now scrapped plan to allow extradition to the authoritarian mainland.
But they have entered a broader movement and are calling for democratic rights and police responsibility after Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have chosen a hard line.
On Saturday, thousands are planning to gather in a park next to the city parliament for an evening rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the & # 39; Umbrella Movement & # 39 ;, a failed 79-day occupation that advocated universal suffrage.
The demonstrators are likely to use the rally to express their anger about alleged mistreatment of prisoners at the San Uk Ling detention center.
The police took that night on August 11 that night to the remote center, which is usually only used to process illegal immigrants.
Despite naked police violence, the momentum behind the protest movement shows no signs of delay, while the city state is preparing for its fourth month of demonstrations
Thousands of demonstrators flocked to Edinburgh Place park to light them with their cell phones
The Chinese government – whose insidious attack on Hong Kong's autonomy has fueled the protests – is planning a spectacular military parade on Tuesday to mark 70 years since the establishment of the People's Republic and protesters (photo) hoping to steal their spotlight
Lawyers and local media subsequently reported that 31 people were later hospitalized – six with fractures.
A woman in her twenties who asked to use the pseudonym Anna was one of the arrested and said she saw several people leave for hours with serious bleeding wounds.
She said: & # 39; The police ignored their requests to visit the hospital and insisted that they stay in the center to process documents and told them to hold napkins to cover the wounds themselves. & # 39;
While the number of people attending the tonight's protest swelled up, Hong Kong police revealed that students represented 29 percent of the 1600 people arrested in the four months to date, and urged young people to take the & # 39; straight and narrow path & # 39; to take.
Tse Chun-chung, police chief, said 207 high school students and university students were being detained this month alone, despite the resumption of classes after the summer holidays, compared to 257 in the June-August period.
He said there was an increase in the number of teenagers who participated in violent crimes, some of which had already been charged in court.
Pro-democracy supporters attend a meeting in a shopping center in the Kowloon Tong district. Demonstrations in Hong Kong about an extradition law have since turned into a broader anti-government movement
As the number of attendees increased tonight, Hong Kong police revealed that students represented 29 percent of the 1,600 people arrested in the four months to date and urged young people to take the & # 39; straight and narrow path & # 39; to take.
This included a 16-year-old who has been accused of arson, who may be sentenced to life imprisonment on conviction, a 13-year-old girl charged with desecrating Chinese flags and others with attacking police officers and carrying dangerous weapons.
He said: & # 39; It's an alarming trend for us. It is worrying to see how these young people break the law and possibly have a criminal record at such a young and tender age.
We appeal to all young people to reconsider their actions and hope that education and parents will help our young people to walk the straight and narrow path. & # 39;
Young people have largely led the protests that began in June with an extradition law that the government has now promised to withdraw.
But the movement has since attracted wider participation, while it was snowing in a broader anti-China campaign against what protesters say the insidious invasion of Beijing into Hong Kong & # 39; s autonomy promised when the former British colony returned to the Chinese in 1997 domination.
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