Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters defy ban

Monday, 12 Aug, 2019

In Hong Kong, more protests are planned on August 11 after another night of clashes between protesters and local police.

"Carrie Lam is now spreading lies and blaming us for destroying Hong Kong's economy".

Some of the protests have turned violent and resulted in clashes between police officers and protesters, with one side resorting to tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles, and the other side countering it by throwing bricks, bamboo sticks and gasoline bombs.

At Sham Shui Po, a district in Kowloon, local organizers stated that it would not hold a march originally scheduled from Maple Street Playground to Sham Shui Po Sports Ground after their appeal to a local appeal board was rejected, according to Hong Kong media RTHK.

"There are clashes in the recent protests and many parents are anxious", said Fion Yim, 35, representative of the organising committee for what was billed as the family protest.

Many of them clad in black and others wearing yellow hard hats.

Debora Patta reports from Hong Kong. The US, Australia, Britain, Ireland and Japan have also issued travel advisories to their citizens.

The State Department slammed the Chinese government Thursday, accusing it behaving like a "thuggish regime" after a state newspaper published personal information of an American diplomat in Hong Kong who reportedly spoke with supposed "Hong Kong independence" activists.

China has recently indicated it will not allow the protests to go on indefinitely and has called demonstrators "violent radicals" who are under foreign influence.

The airport sit-in, the second of its kind since the anti-extradition bill movement started in June, was staged without approval from the authorities, making it effectively an unlawful assembly.

Tear gas was sacked in the busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui as well as in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. It warned global arrivals to beware: "You may be prosecuted for no reason and be transferred to". Demonstrations have been growing for the past two months, and apart from concerns about safety and civil rights, this week there is new evidence that they are taking a toll on business.

Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat pulled advertising from Hong Kong television station TVB, which protesters accuse of pro-Beijing coverage.

She called on students, at a time when Hong Kong is facing challenges, to work together to safeguard Hong Kong and build it into a better place.

Responding to a question on the protests at a press conference earlier this week, Cathay chairman John Slosar said the company respects its staff's opinions. When asked by media about whether the People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s Hong Kong garrison would intervene in Hong Kong, nearly all officials in Beijing referred to the Basic Law provisions that regulate the duties and responsibilities of the garrison. Local media reported that police may be dressing as protesters and infiltrating their ranks to help with detentions. Many shops in the area were shuttered. "We want to spread our message internationally", she said.

Commerce Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said 22 countries and regions, including the United States, have issued travel warnings for Hong Kong.