Hong Kong students boycott classes, hold rallies

A police officer chases protesters at the airport

A police officer chases protesters at the airport

Pro-democracy demonstrators planned on Sunday to choke travel routes to Hong Kong's global airport after a chaotic night of running battles between police and masked protesters, the latest wave of unrest to hit the Chinese-ruled city.

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continued Monday with a general strike and a school boycott.

The appeals are undergirded by a sense among some Hong Kong residents that the Communist Party-ruled mainland government has been eroding the autonomy and civil liberties promised when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

"Hopefully they will hear us if we do these kind of aggressive actions", said Cheung, a 23-year-old protester clad in goggles and a gas mask, who only gave his surname. "These protests awaken me to care more about the society and care for the voiceless".

Many primary schools were closed because of a typhoon warning.

Organisers estimate that 10,000 secondary students from 200 schools are taking part.

"Schools are not a place for expressing political demands", he said.

The masses of old and young alternated between singing hymns and chanting the slogans of the pro-democracy movement.

"It's very different from what happened back then".

"I think this situation is a deadlock now".

While the proposed law was suspended, the anti-government protests have only burgeoned - marred with distrust toward Lam and demands that the entire proposal is withdrawn.

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After the arrest of the two Chinese citizens, police were approached by people who showed embassy identification and asked for the detainees' release, Adomenas said, citing witnesses in a version partly corroborated by the police spokesman.

Hong Kong has witnessed 12 consecutive weeks of anti-government protests, which began with a now-dead extradition bill, but since have broadened to include calls for democracy and police accountability.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Hong Kong's top security official, John Lee, said "radical protestors" were acting lawlessly and that "their violent actions are escalating to a point of terrorism". It says Hong Kong is an internal affair.

A march to mark the fifth anniversary of China's decision against fully democratic elections in Hong Kong was not permitted by police, but protesters took to the streets anyway in the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations.

Tsai's critiques have led Chinese officials to list Taiwan, along with the US and the United Kingdom, among the "black hands" it says are behind nearly three months of historic protests.

Hong Kong's July retail sales fell 11.4 percent from the previous year and are expected to stay weak or even deteriorate further "if the social incidents involving violence do not come to a stop", according to the city's Census and Statistics Department.

People to block policemen who arrive to arrest protesters at Tung Chung near airport in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept.1, 2019.

After leaving the airport on September 1, some demonstrators targeted the MTR subway station in nearby Tung Chung district, ripping out turnstiles and smashing CCTV cameras, windows, and lamps with metal poles. Police moved in and made several arrests.

Many carried umbrellas, a symbol of the protest movement.

It got here after authorities fired water cannons and tear gasoline at demonstrators within the streets, who retaliated with lasers and petrol bombs.

The ongoing unrest represents the biggest threat to Beijing's oversight of Hong Kong since the return to Chinese rule in 1997, and is a geopolitical embarrassment for President Xi Jinping as his government gets set to celebrate 70 years of communist rule on October 1.

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