Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hong Kong Clashes- BBC

Hong Kong protests: Clashes at Mong Kok site

Police and pro-democracy protesters have clashed in a battle for territory in the Hong Kong district of Mong Kok.
Some reports suggested police charged after the demonstrators had breached their barriers, sparking scuffles that caused minor injuries on both sides.
Protesters on social media accused the police of an unprovoked attack.
Leaders on both sides have called for calm, and confirmed that talks between protest leaders and the government delegates will take place next Tuesday.
The protesters, many of them youths and students, are angry at China's rulers for limiting their choice of leader in the next election in 2017.
They accuse Hong Kong's current leader, CY Leung, of failing to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party.
 Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with riot policeman during a demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, 18 October In the early hours of Sunday, police charged at protesters in Mong Kok
Riot police officers advance on a pro-democracy protest encampment in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, early Sunday, Oct. 19 It was unclear what sparked the charge, with some reports saying protesters had tried to breach barricades
Protests erupted last month and have been going on intermittently around government buildings and the business district on Hong Kong island, and in Mong Kok, a residential and shopping area in Kowloon.
On Friday morning, police had all but cleared the Mong Kok site and protesters' numbers had substantially dwindled elsewhere.
But clashes resumed later as protesters launched a sustained effort to reoccupy a busy road junction in Mong Kok.
Pro-democracy protesters shout at advancing riot police on their encampment in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, early Sunday, Oct. 19 Many of the protesters were brandishing umbrellas, one of the features of the demonstration
Pro-democracy protesters, their faces covered, gather during a demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, 18 October The demonstrators flooded back into Mong Kok late on Friday
About 9,000 protesters pushed police back, with 26 people arrested.
At about midnight on Saturday (16:00 GMT), police charged protesters, beating them with batons and deploying pepper spray.
A stand-off resumed shortly afterwards with neither side having gained any ground.
The government confirms talks with students on Tuesday despite protesters retaking Mong Kok
Talks between the two sides were announced earlier.
Carrie Lam, CY Leung's deputy, said both sides would send five representatives to the negotiations, which will be broadcast live on television.
The talks will last about two hours, and be focused on constitutional reform, Ms Lam said.
Hong Kong timeline
  • 1997: UK gives Hong Kong back to China under a 1984 agreement giving it "a high degree of autonomy" for 50 years
  • 2004: China says it must approve any changes to Hong Kong's election laws
  • June-July 2014: Pro-democracy activists hold unofficial referendum on political reform; both sides hold large rallies
  • 31 August 2014: China says it will allow direct elections in 2017 but will pre-approve candidates
  • 22 September 2014: Student groups launch a week-long boycott of classes
  • 28 September 2014: Occupy Central and student protests join forces for mass protest
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