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In Video: Hong Kong Protesters Shot At With Fireworks In Drive-By

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In Video: Hong Kong Protesters Shot At With Fireworks In Drive-By

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On July 30th, protests in Hong Kong continued, with unknown assailants shooting fireworks at a group of demonstrators in a “drive-by” style incident.

Hundreds of protesters were outside the police station to support two young people taken by police from the Tin Sau rugby Pitch, after the pair tried to stop a man from taking photos of them and damaging the area’s “Lennon Wall” message board. The man claimed he was attacked and called the police.

In Video: Hong Kong Protesters Shot At With Fireworks In Drive-By

Firework leftover from the drive-by. Click to see full-size image

In Video: Hong Kong Protesters Shot At With Fireworks In Drive-By

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To, once again, debunk the reports by MSM that these protests are for democracy: they aren’t – again there is no single mention of it.

The two were released on bail at around 2am, but the crowd remained.

At around 2:30am, a black car drove by and shot several fireworks at the crowd, who quickly escaped.

Several people received light burns.

The car was a Toyota bearing the licence plate LP3369. However, public records show that car registered with the plate should be a black Nissan, raising questions over whether the car was using a false plate.

On the same night, protesters also surrounded the Kwai Chung police station in support of 44 protesters who were charged with rioting earlier in the day.

Media claimed that the protesters were allegedly apologizing to every car they had blocked. Such reports are a common part of mainstream propaganda campaigns for such events.

Regardless, riot police were deployed to handle the situation. There were clashes and pepper spray was used by the authorities.

One officer pointed a Remington pump-action shotgun at the crowd.

The people charged with rioting were arrested at the July 29th protest, after violent clashes in Sheung Wan.

One of the anti-extradition law movement’s demands has been for the “riot” characterisation of protests to be dropped. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years under the Public Order Ordinance.

Also, on July 29th, 200 protesters made their way towards Sai Wan’s China Liaison Office – where a week before, protesters engaged in acts of vandalism, defacing the Chinese emblem on the building’s facade.

Police fired the first tear gas rounds shortly before 7pm, and gradually pushed protesters to the east and away from the Liaison Office.

In Video: Hong Kong Protesters Shot At With Fireworks In Drive-By

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In Video: Hong Kong Protesters Shot At With Fireworks In Drive-By

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The Special Tactical Squad – also known as the “Raptors” – made lightning raids into the ranks of protesters, resulting in multiple arrests on Des Voeux Road.

Separately, during July 29th’s Foreign Ministry briefing, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that US allegations and concerns regarding “police brutality in response to peaceful protests” was misleading.

“First of all, I believe his allegation of Hong Kong police’s “brutality in response to peaceful protests” is entirely misleading. You may have seen the storming of the Legislative Council and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR by the violent radicals. They also attacked the police using lethal weapons in a premeditated and organized way. How could some people in the US call such behaviors “peaceful demonstrations and protests”?”

She furthermore alleged that “certain people” in the US and Europe had assisted violent radicals in Hong Kong.

“Recently, certain people in the US and Europe have covered up for violent radicals in Hong Kong and turned a blind eye to their violent illegal behaviors. But I believe you are all aware that American and European police have never shown any mercy to violent behaviors at home. They have blatant double-standards on this issue.”

She furthermore reminded that recently the European Council passed a bill on peaceful protesting, and that has a limit.

In remarks on the next day, Chunying commented on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claims that protests in Hong Kong were “appropriate.” She said that Pompeo had forgotten himself, and that the protests were “appropriate,” because they were mostly fueled by the US.

“I think Mr. Pompeo obviously failed to put himself in a right position. I’m afraid he still regards himself as the CIA chief. He said the recent violent incidents in Hong Kong are appropriate because, as you all know, they are somehow the work of the US.”

She reminded of recent actions by the US in connection to Hong Kong from various officials, including Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, among others.

“Let us think about what has happened. According to public reports, at the end of February and the beginning of March, the then US Consul-General in Hong Kong blatantly criticized the Hong Kong SAR government’s bill amendment and the “one country, two systems” principle and interfered in Hong Kong affairs. In March, US Vice President Mike Pence met with Hong Kong opposition lobbyists. In May, Pompeo met with Hong Kong opposition and made irresponsible remarks on the amendment matter. In June, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi even called the demonstrations in Hong Kong ‘a beautiful sight to behold.’”

In conclusion she reminded that Hong Kong is part of China and the White House or the US “monitoring” a Chinese force along Hong Kong’s “border” is unjustified.

“The US has to be clear that we are talking about Hong Kong. It is China’s Hong Kong. Like we stressed many times, the Chinese government will never allow any foreign forces to have a hand in Hong Kong affairs. Neither will we allow them to mess up Hong Kong. The central government firmly supports the SAR government in governing Hong Kong in accordance with law and support Hong Kong police in strictly punishing violent criminals to uphold security and stability in Hong Kong. Those who play fire will only get themselves burned. There have been so many lessons in history. We advise the US to immediately stop playing the dangerous game of pulling chestnut out of fire.”

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