Following another night of violent clashes with Hong Kong Police, Hong Kong protesters are preparing to join a global “anti-totalitarian” rally on Sunday.
Police used pepper sprays to break protesters in the Causeway shopping district ahead of the planned demonstration and waved black flags; warning protesters that tear gas could be used.
The MTR Metro Service said that it would halt its service. Some shops were closed ahead of the potential clashes.
While demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans in New Territories shopping mall, over 200 Pro-China supporters sang the national anthem in Victoria Peak around midday.
Hong Kong, a Chinese-ruled city with ‘special provisions’ was freed from former British colony in 1997 under “one country, two systems”. The city has been witnessing demonstrations, some violent ones since three months. The protests were triggered by a contradictory Extradition bill, now withdrawn already.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam is scheduled to visit Beijing on Monday on 1st October to be a part of China’s National Day observations.
On Saturday, police fired tear gases and water cannons at the demonstrators. The protesters threw petrol bomb and broke government office buildings with pelting stones and bricks.