Hong Kong police accidentally squirt themselves with pepper spray

Hong Kong police accidentally sprinkle THEMSELVES with pepper spray when the wind blows it back into them as they try to disperse protesters

  • Anti-riot police fired pepper spray to drive away a group of protesters outside a government building 
  • Footage shows the pepper spray being blown back into them by wind during the brief stand-off today
  • An estimated 40,000 protesters attended a rally in Tamar Park earlier today to support a two-day strike
  • At least 30,000 students from 200 schools were said to have joined the boycott in various locations too
  • Unrest in Hong Kong further escalated in the past weekend which saw two days of protests and clashes
  • 157 people as young as 13 were arrested over the weekend and 16 of them have been charged with rioting 
  • China’s state media warned ‘end is coming’ for protests because Beijing is keen to quell chaos before Oct. 1 

Hong Kong police accidentally sprinkled themselves with pepper spray when they tried to disperse a small group of protesters outside a government building.

Footage shows wind blowing pepper spray back at the anti-riot officers this evening as they tried to control the situation near the office for the city’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration outside the building , which is also close to the Hong Kong garrison of Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Legislative Council Building.

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Riot police guard an entrance to a government building as protesters gather in Admiralty district in Hong Kong on Monday

One officer tries to squirt pepper spray at the crowd to drive them away from the area. Footage shows wind blowing pepper spray back at the anti-riot officers after they squirted the solution at the protesters at around 6:45pm on Lung Wo Road

Protesters flash V-signs as they gather near the city’s Chief Executive Officer’s office and the Legislative Council Building

One protester waves a Chinese national flag with words ‘untrustworthy’ written across outside the government headquarters

An estimated 40,000 protesters had joined a sit-in rally earlier in the day in nearby Tamar Park to support a two-day city-wide strike. 

Police asked protesters dressed in black to leave the rally at Tamar Park, warning that they were part of an illegal assembly, reported South China Morning Post. 

Police also used a helicopter to spray fluorescent powder to protesters from above to help them identify those attending the unauthorised gathering, reported Apple Daily.

A group of about 100 people later gathered outside the Chief Executive Officer’s office on nearby Lung Wo Road at around 6pm.  

Anti-riot officers prepare to disperse protesters after a small group moved from Tamar Park to government buildings

The officers stand behind barricades set up around the Legislative Council Building close to Hong Kong garrison of the PLA

Protesters gesture as they gather outside the Chief Executive Officer’s office on nearby Lung Wo Road at around 6pm

Anti-riot police held red flags as a warning before squirting pepper spray from behind barricades at 6:45pm. A video released by Apple Daily shows the solution being blasted back at the officers by wind.  

Some demonstrators then reportedly flashed laser pointers at police and on the PLA’s building despite calls from their peers to stop. 

One protester was seen waving a Chinese national flag with words ‘untrustworthy’ written across outside the Chief Executive Officer’s office.

The crowd started to disperse at about 8:10pm. 

People take part in a general strike at Tamar Park in front of the government buildings in Hong Kong to support the protesters

A set of traffic lights are modified by protesters to display ‘Free HK’ after crowds dispersed from a brief stand-off in Central

Beijing warns ‘end is coming’

China’s state news agency Xinhua has told Hong Kong pro-democracy activists ‘end is coming’ for their protests.

In a commentary yesterday, Xinhua warned ‘the judgement is about to come for the participants, master-minders, organisers and directors for the Hong Kong riots’.

Beijing is eager to quell the unrest before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1. 

The op-ed voiced support for the Hong Kong police, praising them for enforcing law and restraining ‘the rioters and the black hand behind them’.

The Communist Party has repeatedly accused Western countries, particularly the United States, of plotting the chaos. 

The article also revealed the ‘three bottom lines’ of the central government on Hong Kong issues. 

Beijing will not allow any harm to the national sovereignty, any challenge to the authority of Beijing and Hong Kong Basic Law or any ‘infiltration and damaging activities’ to mainland China through Hong Kong.  

Earlier in the day, thousands of students from universities and schools across Hong Kong went on strike on the first day of classes to show their commitment to the city’s anti-government protests.

Jacky So, the President of the student union of Hong Kong Chinese University, said 30,000 people had turned up for a demonstration on campus. 

At Edinburgh Place in Central, high school students who were skipping class rallied around a black banner that read ‘with no future, there’s no need to go to class’.

The city’s 10 universities, including Chinese University, Hong Kong University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and City University, have given the city’s leader Carrie Lam a deadline to respond to protesters’ five demands, reported HK01.com. 

Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of anti-government protests for the past three months. The demonstrations were initially sparked by a proposed law that would allow some criminal suspects to be sent to the mainland China to stand trial.

The extradition bill has been suspended indefinitely, but the rallies have morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement that calls for government reforms and universal suffrage, among others. 

More than 1,110 have been arrested in violent clashes with police, and an increasingly shrill Beijing has labelled protesters ‘terrorists’, with an editorial by China’s state news agency warning ‘the end is coming’. 

The student protests follow a weekend marred by some of the worst violence since unrest escalated more than three months ago, with protesters burning barricades and throwing petrol bombs, and police retaliating with water cannon, tear gas and batons. 

 

Thousands of students gather during a strike on the first day of school at the Chinese University in Hong Kong today. Nearly three months of youth-dominated protests calling for democracy will be tested as classes resume after summer holiday

Students hold umbrellas, a symbol of anti-government protesters, during the mass rally at the Chinese University on Monday

Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner which reads ‘Five major demands are indispensable’ at St. Francis’ Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday. More than 9,000 students across the city are expected to join the boycott 

Secondary students hold up their smartphone lights on during a protest on Monday. ‘I come here just to tell others that even after summer holidays end we are not back to our normal life, we should continue to fight for Hong Kong,’ said one 19-year-old

Secondary school students cover their eyes in solidarity with a woman who was injured in one eye during clashes with police as they gather in support of the ongoing pro-democracy protests at Edinburgh Place in Central on Monday

Around 400 medical workers at Queen Mary Hospital formed a human chain along the hospital’s corridors during lunch break to show their support to the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations.

Doctors and nurses held placards to protest against alleged police brutality. They also claimed that police had obstructed paramedics from reaching injured protesters during clashes on Saturday.

Thousands of protesters blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday in a bid to draw world attention to their attempt to force Beijing to give greater autonomy to the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Airport authorities said 25 flights were cancelled on Sunday but transport services were largely back to normal.

An estimated 40,000 protesters, including students, joined a sit-in rally in Tamar Park to support a two-day city-wide strike

In Central, students who skipped class rally around a black banner that read ‘with no future, there’s no need to go to class’

Students attend a school boycott rally at the Chinese University. The city’s 10 universities, including Hong Kong University and City University, have urged the city’s leader Carrie Lam to respond to protesters’ five demands before 8pm, September 13

Secondary students sit on the ground during a protest at Admiralty in Hong Kong on Monday. The city-wide student protest and strike follow a weekend marred by some of the worst violence since unrest escalated more than three months ago

Secondary school students hold placards with five core demands as they gather in support of the ongoing pro-democracy protests at Edinburgh Place in Central. Protesters are urging the government to completely withdraw a controversial extradition bill, launch an independent enquiry into alleged police violence and carry out universal suffrage, among others

What do Hong Kong protesters want?

Apart from the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong demonstrators have listed five demands and have continued to urge the government to respond to them.

These five demands are:

1. A complete withdrawal of the extradition bill

2. A retraction from the government to its characterisation that the protesters were ‘rioters’

3. Unconditional and immediate release of protesters who were arrested and charges against them dropped

4. Establishment of an independent enquiry to investigate police violence during clashes

5. Genuine universal suffrage  

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

John Lee, government secretary for security, told media that nearly 100 petrol bombs were thrown by protesters in various locations on Saturday with two found on a 13-year-old boy who was arrested inside an MTR station. 

Police said on Hong Kong island alone, around 70 petrol bombs were tossed near government buildings and police headquarters. A third of the city’s MTR stations were said to be vandalised over the weekend at different degrees. 

Police said they arrested 157 people, including 132 men and 27 women aged between 13 and 58, from Friday to Sunday. Sixteen of them have been charged with rioting. 

In a press conference today, police added that 214 rounds of tear gas, 92 rubber bullets, one round of bean bag and 10 sponge grenades were fired on Saturday.  

Riot police on Monday patrolled the subway, known as the MTR, where some of the most violent clashes have erupted.  

Thousands of Hong Kong workers staged a separately sit-in demonstration under a two-day citywide strike at Tamar Park

A protester (central) holds an umbrella in the latest rally against a controversial extradition bill at Tamar Park on Monday

Protesters at a rally in Tamar Park call for a general strike across Hong Kong to add pressure to the city’s government

A protester holds a sign during a rally at Tamar Park to condemn the police for calling protesters ‘cockroaches’

Two female protesters hold placards that read ‘release warriors, Hong Kong add oil’ and ‘resolutely resist China extradition’

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday the protests had ‘gone beyond the scope of freedom of assembly and demonstration’. 

‘They have evolved into extreme acts of violence, seriously challenging the legal system and social order of Hong Kong,’ he told a press conference. 

The turmoil has evolved over 13 weeks to become a widespread demand for greater democracy. China is eager to quell the unrest before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1.

China denies meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs and accuses Western countries of egging on the protests. It says Hong Kong is an internal affair.

With Hong Kong facing its first recession in a decade, China has also warned of the damage the protests are causing to the economy.

Shares of Hong Kong rail operator MTR Corp Ltd fell as much as 3.9 per cent to HK$43.65, their lowest since February 15 and on track for their third consecutive session of decline.

With protesters and authorities locked in an impasse, speculation has grown that the city government may impose emergency law, giving it extra powers over detentions, censorship and curfews.

The city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the government would consider using all laws at its disposal to bring unrest to an end.

What is happening in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong protesters are demanding democratic reforms and the complete withdraw of a law bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China to stand trial. Protesters are pictured waving their phones in a demonstration on August 28

Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of anti-government protests for the past three months. The demonstrations were initially sparked by a proposed law that would allow some criminal suspects to be sent to the mainland China to stand trial.

Hong Kong is ruled under the ‘one country, two system’ policy and has different legal and governing systems to mainland China. The principle was agreed on by China and the UK before the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

However, many residents in the semi-autonomous city feel that their freedoms are eroding due to the tight political grip of Beijing.

The extradition bill has been suspended indefinitely, but the rallies have morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement that calls for government reforms and universal suffrage, among others.

Protesters are also demanding an independent enquiry into what they view as excessive violence from the police during clashes.

Mass rallies, sometimes attended by as many as two million people, have taken place every weekend for 13 weeks since June 9.

Protesters have targeted government buildings, Beijing’s representative office in Hong Kong, shopping centres and international airport to express their demands. 

The demonstrations often start with a peaceful march or sit-in and end up in violent clashes between activists and police. 

A repeated pattern sees activists throwing items such as bricks and petrol bombs at the police and anti-riot officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

More than 1,110 people have been arrested in connection with the protests since June.

Beijing has described the situation in Hong Kong the ‘worst crisis’ the city has seen since its handover in 1997. It has also called some activists ‘rioters’ and ‘near terrorists’.

It is widely believed that the central government is determined to quell the chaos before October 1 when the country will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. 

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