HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used tear fuel, pepper spray and water cannons in opposition to anti-government protesters over New 12 months’s Eve and into the early hours of Wednesday, extending the months-long motion into a brand new 12 months.
The police actions have been targeted on the extra industrial and dealing class districts on the town’s Kowloon aspect the place protesters have been watching a New 12 months’s mild present. Afterward, protesters marched right into a densely populated buying district in a prelude to an annual pro-democracy march anticipated to be attended by tens or lots of of 1000’s Wednesday afternoon.
The protests started in June over proposed laws that might have allowed residents to be extradited to China the place they may face potential torture and unfair trials. The laws was withdrawn, however not earlier than the protests expanded to wider requires reforms within the semi-autonomous Chinese language territory.
Hong Kong toned down its New 12 months’s celebrations amid the protests, which have dealt extreme blows to the town’s retail, tourism and nightlife sectors.
Protesters additionally gathered on the Prince Edward subway station the place police 4 months in the past had rushed in, beating and tear gassing demonstrators who had no approach to flee. That incident is amongst many cited by demonstrators as circumstances of police abuse for which nobody has been held accountable.