Hong Kong Protesters Told Not To Return

hong kongHong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung has warned pro-democracy activists not to return to the streets following violence overnight.

His comments come after some of the worst clashes between protesters and police since the pro-democracy demonstrations began two months ago.

Police armed with pepper spray, batons and water hoses cleared activists from Lung Wo Road in the Admiralty district. Government offices were briefly shut yesterday. In a move which prompted fears of further violence, an injunction was granted yesterday to clear an area just west of the main protest site in Admiralty.

“From this day on, the police will take resolute action when carrying out their duties. I call on the students who are thinking of returning to the occupation area tonight not to do so,” Mr Leung said.

“Don’t mistake the police tolerance as weakness.”

The protesters want the people of Hong Kong to be allowed to choose their leaders in the 2017 elections without intervention from Beijing.

The Chinese government has said it will allow universal suffrage, but candidates for the post of chief executive will be screened first.

The unrest flared late on Sunday, after student protest leaders called on supporters to converge on the offices of Mr Leung on Lung Wo Road.

The road is a short distance away from Connaught Road in Admiralty, the major road protesters have been occupying for two months.

The court injunction calls for the dismantling of barricades in part of Connaught Road and Harcourt Road, just west of the main Admiralty protest camp.

Protesters, many wearing hard hats and carrying umbrellas – the symbol of their movement – moved into Lung Wo Road on Sunday, throwing bottles, helmets and umbrellas towards police.

Police ordered them to retreat, then charged at protesters, eventually forcing them out of the area. Police said that 40 people were arrested and a number of officers were injured.

Yesterday morning government offices were shut and staff were told to stay at home, but government employees were back at work by the afternoon.

BBC

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