Published: Wed, November 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong, and compares protesters to ISIS

Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong, and compares protesters to ISIS

At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, police entered the school campus and chased protesters, but left without making arrests.

The unrest was part of the largely leaderless protest movement's nascent strategy branded "blossom everywhere", in which small groups target as many parts of the territory as possible to wreak maximum disruption and stretch police resources.

On Monday, a police officer drew his gun during a struggle with protesters, shooting one in the abdomen.

According to local broadcaster RTHK, a middle-aged man got into an argument with a group of people in the afternoon in the Ma On Shan neighborhood.

The man remained in critical condition Wednesday, and the protester was in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said.

Mr Geng also hit back at criticism from the United States and United Kingdom of the police's use of force, saying no country would allow the snatching of an officer's firearm, or allow him to be attacked while he was carrying out his duties.

Lam said protesters who tried to paralyse the city were being extremely selfish and hoped that universities and schools would urge students not to take part in the demonstrations.

"Only by supporting the police force to decisively put down the riots can (Hong Kong) return to peace and hold fair elections, to help Hong Kong start again", the commentary said. Tough police tactics in response to the unrest have also fuelled anger.

One of their demands is for the government to stop labeling the demonstrators as rioters, which connotes that even peaceful protest is a criminal activity.

At the rural Chinese University near Tai Po, some of the fiercest fighting broke out at night as riot police stormed the campus where hundreds of protesters congregated, firing a barrage of tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. A taxi driver was taken away by ambulance with head wounds, although it wasn't immediately clear how he had been injured.

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Geng called attention to the fact that the USA government official refused to reveal his name.

"?We condemn violence on all sides, extend our sympathies to victims of violence regardless of their political inclinations, and call for all parties - police and protestors - to exercise restraint", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

She urged the government to address the underlying concerns behind the protests and the protesters to respond to efforts at dialogue.

Two more protesters approached the officer from behind, and the officer fired two more shots at close range.

These were referring to the death of Chow Tsz-lok, 22, a student who died on Friday after suffering brain damage following a fall during protests. Their demands include democratic changes and an independent investigation of police treatment of protesters.

One person said many people are angry with the government for doing nothing about police actions against the protesters.

© Provided by The Associated Press Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

Scores of officers charged onto the campus after firing tear gas, arresting student protesters who tried to block their way with makeshift barricades, including a burning vehicle.

Protesters and police battled through the night at university campuses and other locations only hours after police Senior Superintendent Kwong Wing-cheung said the Chinese-ruled city had been pushed to the "brink of a total breakdown". Protests originally began in opposition of an unpopular Chinese extradition law which was later overturned. Activists saw it as another sign of an erosion in Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms, which China promised would be maintained for 50 years under a "one nation, two systems" principle when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997.

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