søndag 23. juni 2019

Hong Kong tense but calm as government officials dig in and anti-extradition bill protesters plan their next moves

Hong Kong police have vowed to pursue anti-government protesters for the 15-hour siege of their headquarters as demonstrators retreated to map out their next steps to keep public opinion on their side after a tense week in the city.

The only public gathering on Saturday was a small pro-police rally of 300 people in Central. The officers’ biggest defender in the aftermath of the unprecedented blockade that ruined the facade of the building and dealt a blow to police morale was their former chief, Andy Tsang Wai-hung. Tsang maintained that police actions against protesters – using tear gas and rubber bullets during the clashes on June 12 – were “necessary and restrained”.