Violent Protests Against the Hong Kong Security Law
Hülya Karahan: Production Editor
On the 24th, thousands of protesters gathered in front of Causeway Bay Sogo Department Store, a downtown area in Hong Kong, to protest against the Hong Kong Security Act and ‘National Law’.
On the 22nd, the opening ceremony of the National University of Hong Kong introduced the draft Hong Kong Security Act, which prohibits and punishes foreign forces from intervening in the internal affairs of Hong Kong, disintegrating the country, overthrowing the government, and “acting on terrorism”.
In addition, the Hong Kong Legislative Council will deliberate on a national law agenda on the 27th that punishes anyone who insults the Chinese flag, Oh Sung-hong.
On this day, the demonstrators held signs such as ‘The Sky Will Destroy the Communist Party of China and shouted the slogans such as “Revolution of the Hong Kong Age”, “Hong Kong People Revenge,” and “Hong Kong Independence is the Only Way to Live.”
They attempted to march to Wan Chai, with some protesters holding the American flag, the stars and stripes.
Many protesters went out on the streets wearing umbrellas, the symbol of the ”, a massive democratic demonstration in 2014. The Umbrella Revolution is named after the tear gas that the police fired was blocked by an umbrella.
Hong Kong’s opposition People Power’s deputy chief of staff, Tam Tak Chi, was arrested by the police at the scene, and was taken to the police and shouted, “Let’s fight for freedom! Join Hong Kong!”
The police announced that they would deploy 8,000 people around the city to prepare for the protests on the day, and to respond strictly to illegal protests.
Accordingly, Hong Kong police showed a strong response to disbanding as protesters fired tear gas and tear spray as soon as the protesters gathered in the Causeway Bay area. The police also mobilized water cannons.
The protesters threw bricks, umbrellas, and glass bottles against the police tear gas and water cannons. Police said protesters attacked stores in the Causeway Bay area, breaking glass windows, stacking scavengers on the roadside and setting fire, and four police officers were injured by protesters.
The Hong Kong Lawyers Association accused the violent act of saying that one lawyer at the protest site had been battered and injured and inflicted seriously bleeding on his head.
Sources say there are more than 200 protesters arrested by police in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, and Tsim Sha Tsui.
On this day, an armored vehicle was also deployed along with many police officers in the vicinity of the Central People’s Government’s Hong Kong-based liaison office in Hong Kong.
The government of Hong Kong pushed for enactment of the National Security Law in 2003, but the law was canceled when 500,000 Hong Kong citizens poured into the streets and shouted “opposition to the National Security Law.”
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On the 24th, thousands of protesters gathered in front of Causeway Bay Sogo Department Store, a downtown area in Hong Kong, to protest against the Hong Kong Security Act and 'National Law'.