Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong gears up for a week of lunchtime protests

Hong Kong gears up for a week of lunchtime protests

The occupation of several universities by protesters earlier this month after fiery clashes with police capped one of the most violent chapters in the turmoil, which has contributed to the city's first recession in a decade.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters participate in a "5 Demands" mass rally on Sunday in Hong Kong.

They chanted "Five demands, not one less" and "Disband the police force" as they marched. A big test of support for the anti-government campaign is expected on December 8 in a rally planned by Civil Human Rights Front, the group that organized million-strong marches in June.

Some held banners reading "President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong" and "Let's make Hong Kong great again" - a riff on his 2016 campaign pledge to make America great again.

Ahead of Sunday's rallies there were calls from organisers for people to remain "highly restrained" with fears of a return to the violence that has marked more recent months in the political crisis.

The Hong Kong government is planning to set up an independent commission to address the country's ongoing protests.

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Police fired tear gas after 16,000 people showed up for a rally in the southern part of the city.

Tensions started Saturday night after police used pepper balls against protesters and a man was hit in the head by an unidentified assailant while clearing the street. One showed the president standing atop a tank with "Trump" emblazoned on the front and side.

'The government are still not listening to us so the protests will go on, they will not stop, ' said a 20-year-old student who gave only his surname, Chen.

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she'll accelerate dialogue but hasn't offered any concessions since the elections.

Some of the young protesters waved American flags, a sign of appreciation after President Donald Trump this week signed into law bills that back the protesters and threaten China with possible sanctions on human rights.

Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved American flags, with some donning Donald Trump logo hats and t-shirts, as they unfurled a banner depicting the US president standing astride a tank with a USA flag behind him.

As Breitbart News reported, some draped themselves in USA flags and expressed gratitude for the Trump administration's support.

"In response to the unreasonable behaviour of the U.S. side, the Chinese government has made a decision to suspend reviewing the applications for USA warships to go to Hong Kong for (rest and) recuperation as of today", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

"A lot of parents are anxious that their children are affected, because their children are coughing, breaking out in rashes and so forth", said march organizer Leo Kong, a 40-year-old social worker.

In Geneva, China accused the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, of emboldening "radical violence" in Hong Kong.

On Monday, a newspaper regarded as neutral reported that the unrest has not subsided.

The article contains "inappropriate comments on the situation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".

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