China has marked its 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic and celebrated the day with a military parade showcasing the country’s technology, signifying its rise to global superpower.
While China President Xi Jinping was making a promise that “no force can shake the status of this great nation”, in its ruled city, Hong Kong, anti-government protesters took out to to the streets condemning the government system.
Wearing black dresses, people marching on the streets in a peaceful way were later hit by tear gases and water canons in order to disperse the crowd outside a famous Taoist temple in the residential district of Wong Tai Sin and the New Territories area of Sha Tin.
Nearly four months of street clashes and demonstrations have plunged the former British colony into its biggest political crisis in decades and pose the gravest popular challenge to President Xi since he came to power.
Protesters had vowed to seize the opportunity on Tuesday to propel their calls for greater democracy onto the international stage, hijacking an occasion Beijing sees as an opportunity to showcase China’s economic and military progress.
On Tuesday, police said they arrested five people, aged between 17 and 25, in the central district of Wan Chai late on Monday after finding them with walkie-talkies, lighters and material for petrol bombs, including 18 liters (4.75 gallons) of fuel and empty bottles.