søndag 24. mai 2020

Hong Kong protests: violence feared as riot police gather ahead of unauthorised rally

Hong Kong authorities have braced for a mass protest on Sunday, as anger grows over Beijing’s extraordinary declaration it would impose national security laws on the semi-autonomous region. The rally and march planned for the central business and shopping districts is unauthorised, and a brutal police response is widely feared. Riot police, armoured vehicles and water cannon were deployed across the city including at Beijing’s Liaison Office on Sunday morning, and police had warned people not to march, promising to take “resolute law enforcement action as appropriate”. Social media listed numerous police roadblocks, and showed cars being searched.

The rally, which was planned last week in relation to another controversial law which would criminalise ridicule of the national anthem, took on a new urgency after the Chinese Communist Party government revealed its plans at last week’s annual meeting.