Over the July 19th-21st weekend protests in Hong Kong continued for the 4th straight week.
On July 21st, a mob of masked “pro-Government mobsters,” wearing white shirts were attacking people wearing black – which was the color of the protests, which MSM calls “pro-democracy.”
Incidents in which masked men attacked protesters took place on the platform and inside train carriages at Yuen Long MTR station, in the north of the city — an about an hour from where the day’s protest had taken place.
Forty-five people were hospitalized following the violence in Yuen Long, with one person in critical condition, according to Hong Kong’s Information Services Department.
Snippet of a live broadcast from lawmaker Lam Cheuk ting, showing self-professed pro-Gov't mobsters attacking passengers in train cars at #MTR #YuenLong Stn. #HongKong has 1 of the world's highest cop to population ratio. Where were @hkpoliceforce? Lam was injured as shown live. pic.twitter.com/Aq5JmJlf5u
— Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) July 21, 2019
Ambulance was not enough for so many injured. I did saw the pregnant women who fainted but at once she nearly got assualted again. There was woman holding infant got assaulted too. Weirdest thing is the "leader" of triad tried to help! #antiELAB #ExtraditionBill #HongKongProtest
— Galileo Cheng (@galileocheng) July 21, 2019
The incident has raised fears that organized crime gangs, who are known to operate in the outer areas of the city, are becoming involved in the political crisis.
Prior to the incident with the masked thugs attacking protesters, the Hong Kong police was in position, and there appeared to be no clashes.
Protesters, however, managed to outmaneuver police and storm the Liaison office – which represents Beijing.
Police ordered protesters to follow a shorter route than normal, but the designated finish line was widely ignored as crowds headed towards the Liaison Office — the department that represents China’s central government.
Thousands of masked demonstrators then seized the road outside the imposing skyscraper, erected barricades and began targeting the building with eggs, projectiles, laser lights and graffiti.
In response, police fired tear gas in the latest confrontation.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government issued a statement condemning the actions of some “radical protesters” for vandalizing the Liaison office.
The HKSAR government strongly condemns the protesters who blatantly challenged the national sovereignty by maliciously besieging and storming the liaison office’s building as well as defacing the national emblem, the spokesperson said.
“The HKSAR government will deal with these acts in a serious manner in accordance with the law,” the spokesperson said. The HKSAR government has always respected the public’s expression of their aspirations peacefully, the spokesperson added.
“However, a series of incidents occurred recently, including the recurrence of illegal protests after peaceful processions, charging police cordon lines, besieging the Police Headquarters and blocking roads. The police also found illegal storage of dangerous goods and a large number of offensive weapons,” the spokesperson said.
The HKSAR government is concerned that a small number of radicals incited the masses in an organized manner, challenged the rule of law, and even stormed the liaison office of the central government.
“Such acts threaten the law and order in the SAR and ‘one country, two systems’. It is totally unacceptable to the society,” the spokesperson added.
We’re on Luard Road – the end point of the #extraditionbill march according to the letter of no objection.
As you can see, protesters have defied police order and are marching towards Admiralty regardless. No police officers in sight. pic.twitter.com/azPowDntWT
— Eric Cheung (@EricCheungwc) July 21, 2019
Another Sunday, another anti-#extraditionbill march.
Protesters have started marching from Victoria Park towards Wan Chai. pic.twitter.com/wwkD7XdIlH
— Eric Cheung (@EricCheungwc) July 21, 2019
In the weeks hundreds have been injured and arrested. The death count stands at 4, all ruled suicides.
The first person committed suicide on 15 June, when 35-year-old Marco Leung Ling-kit climbed the elevated podium on the rooftop of Pacific Place, a shopping mall in Admiralty. Wearing a yellow raincoat with the words “Brutal police are cold-blooded” and “Carrie Lam is killing Hong Kong” in Chinese written on the back, he hung a banner on the scaffolding with several anti-extradition slogans. After a five-hour standoff, during which police officers and Democratic Party legislator Kwong Chun-yu attempted to talk him down, Leung fell to his death on the pavement below, missing an inflatable cushion set up by firefighters.
Lo Hiu-yan, a 21-year-old Education University of Hong Kong student, committed suicide June 29th and jumped from the Ka Fuk Housing Estate in Fanling.
On June 30th a third democracy activist died, when 29-year-old notary office clerk Zita Wu jumped from the International Financial Centre.
On July 4th, Ms. Mak, a 28-year-old female, committed suicide by jumping off a building in Cheung Sha Wan.
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