Hong Kong Police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters for a second night. The decision was taken in order to refrain them from accessing the airport as the unrest continues towards its 14th week. After the incident, protesters planned to take their democracy message to the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Protesters on Friday, many masked and in black clothes, took to the streets to attack MTR metro stations in Mong Kok district in a response to the police brutality towards protesters inside the train as they cowered to the floor.
Last week, a video showing the brutality had gone viral, further angering pro-democracy protesters. Activists set fire, tore down signs, broke turnstiles at the stations angrily after the MTR closed the stations to stop protesters from gathering and demanding CCTV footage of the beatings.
Police on Saturday dispersed the protesters using tear gas when they showed up at the station again. One of the protesters, while running away from riot police, said that they would be back again.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday urged the Chinese government to exercise restraint in Hong Kong. He made his call in Paris while police were blocking the protesters from gaining access to the airport and ended up with firing tear gas.
City chief Executive Carrie Lam meanwhile made concessions to settle down the months long dispute between the people and the government. She announced the permanent scrapping of the extradition bill – one of the major demand of the protesters. The decision however was met with criticism saying it was “too little and too late”.
Hong Kong, a former British colony was returned to mainland China in 1997 under the agreement of “one country, two systems” – therefore its special status.
The people of Hong Kong fear their special status is gradually eroding and therefore demanding better autonomy – something China is not willing to give in entirety.