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Hong Kong city witnesses another weeked of protests

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 15 Sep 2019 Print

Hong Kong city witnesses another weeked of protests

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Hong Kong City: Hong Kong Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters who were agitating in Hong Kong city on Sunday.

The protesters reportedly threw petrol bombs and bricks near the government offices in the city.

Earlier hundreds rallied outside the British Consulate, demanding the UK press China to maintain freedoms guaranteed during the 1997 handover, reported BBC.

This was the 15th consecutive week of unrest in the city.

The protesters earned a major achievement this week when the extradition bill, which had triggered the protest, was scrapped.

The protesters are still continuing their agitations as they are now demanding for full democracy and an investigation into allegations of police abuses.

Protests had earlier also taken place at the Hong Kong International Airport and other tourist spots in the city.

The protests are a big challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping who assumed power seven years ago.

The protesters say they are fighting to preserve the “one country, two systems” arrangement and a promise of freedom under which Hong Kong was returned to China as a specially administered region by the British in 1997.

The bill would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial if it would have been passed.