Thousands rallied in Hong Kong for a second day on Sunday, in an area popular with mainland Chinese shoppers, as deep-seated anger and frustration at the government’s handling of an extradition bill refuses to dissipate.
Demonstrators marched in heat of about 32 degrees Celsius in Sha Tin, a town between Hong Kong island and the border with China that has previously been a battleground for those upset by the flood of Chinese day-trippers.
On Saturday, protesters have clashed with police in a town near the boundary with mainland China where thousands rallied against the presence of Chinese traders, seizing on another grievance following major unrest over an extradition bill.
Protesters in Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, threw umbrellas and hardhats at police, who retaliated by swinging batons and firing pepper spray.
They are also demanding that Lam step down and seeking an independent investigation into complaints of police brutality.
‘Stop police violence, defend press freedom’: Hong Kong reporters stage rare protest over police treatment.
Hundreds of journalists and their supporters marched to police headquarters and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s office on Sunday, urging the authorities to respect press freedom.
“During the recent series of protests, journalists were unjustifiably dispersed, pushed away, verbally insulted, or even beaten by batons, [and] shot by bean bag rounds by police officers on a number of occasions,” a statement from the Hong Kong Journalists Association said.
Protesters urged Lam to honour the Pledge to Uphold Press Freedom she signed during the 2017 chief executive election.
Edited by staff