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Police officer brandishes gun at Hong Kong protesters

Police officer brandishes gun at Hong Kong protesters Police officer brandishes gun at Hong Kong protesters
Deanna Wagner | 31 July, 2019, 23:11

The protesters were detained after clashes with police at an unauthorized protest in the western part of Hong Kong island on Sunday, when police repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back protesters blocking the streets with road signs and umbrellas.

Shocking violence continues to plague Hong Kong as at least six people were injured early on Wednesday morning after fireworks were shot out of a moving auto into a crowd of protesters gathered outside of a police station. One officer was seen brandishing a shotgun at the protesters.

Some scuffles broke out between commuters and protesters, who gradually began to disperse, while more police were deployed in stations, where they stopped protesters to search their bags.

Elsewhere in Hong Kong, another crowd braved an approaching typhoon to gather outside a court where 44 people were charged with rioting.

Most of the defendants were released on bail of HK$1,000 (US$128). As news of the charges emerged, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Kwai Chung police station where local media reported that the group were being held.

Since mid-June the protests have escalated and become more frequent, at times shutting government offices, blocking roads and disrupting business as some of the demonstrations degenerated into violent clashes between activists and police.

Hua is referring to when Pompeo said China should "do the right thing" in dealing with protests in Hong Kong, in an interview with Bloomberg Television last week.

"Pompeo said the recent violent incidents in Hong Kong are appropriate because, as you all know, they are somehow the work of the U.S.", China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing on July 30.

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Five people were taken to a hospital and the sixth man declined medical treatment at the scene, police said.

It's not clear who was responsible for the attack.

At a demonstration outside Tin Shui Wai police station in the early hours of Wednesday, the occupants of a passing vehicle fired fireworks into the crowd, injuring six people, police said. Volunteers handed out face masks and single-trip subway fare cards that would prevent riders being identified and their trips logged in a central data base, while drivers who had taped paper over their license plates offered rides home.

"No civilised society or rule of law society will tolerate rampant violence", Yang Guang, spokesman for the cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told reporters.

Besides calling for the extradition bill to be scrapped, rather than its suspension so far, protesters have also demanded the resignation of city leader Carrie Lam, an independent inquiry into the police's handling of the crisis and the unconditional release of all those arrested.

Some people are concerned that waving the USA flag will provide ammunition for Chinese claims - made without evidence - that the Hong Kong protests are not an organic people's uprising but a sinister plot engineered by Western powers to undermine China.

"This non-cooperation movement is caused by Carrie Lam".