More than 100 people were detained Sunday at unauthorized demonstrations in Hong Kong, local media reported on the eve of China's National Day, during which more protests are expected.
Tens of thousands of people took part in unauthorized demonstrations on Sunday in the Chinese Special Administrative Region, the scene of 17 weeks of anti-government protests that have resulted in more than 1,500 arrests.
Police resorted to water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, who dropped hand-made incendiary bombs ('cocktail molotov') in some parts of the territory.
Earlier this morning, police reported firing a warning shot into the air in the Wan Chai area. In the same statement, police explained that a group of agents were "surrounded and attacked by a group of violent protesters."
According to radio broadcaster RTHK, police also "strongly condemned" other violent acts committed by protesters, which "illegally blocked roads, launched" Molotov cocktails "against police and set fire to various locations."
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that an Indonesian journalist was hit in the eye by a non-lethal weapon while covering Sunday's demonstrations.
Veby Mega Indah, 39, editor of Suara Hong Kong News, an Indonesian-language newspaper published on the territory, told SCMP that she was injured in one eye and needs three points.
It is not certain, yet, whether the journalist was hit by a rubber bullet or other non-lethal projectile known as a bean bag.
“I was wearing a helmet and a pair of glasses. I was with other journalists. I heard a journalist shout, 'Don't shoot, we're journalists,' but the police fired, ”he told SCMP.
The Sunday demonstration, which was not authorized by the authorities, took place two days before the commemoration of China National Day, October 1 (Tuesday), marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Hong Kong police have already banned a major pro-democracy rally called for Tuesday by the Human Rights Civic Front (FCDH).
"We are convinced that the decision to ban this demonstration was taken by the Government of Carrie Lam and Beijing, following the strategy of silencing the street protests in Hong Kong before and during China National Day," said Bonnie Leung, deputy deputy. FCDH coordinator, representing at least 15 parties and non-governmental organizations, speaking to Lusa.
Last Sunday's protest took place to mark 'World Day against Tyranny', with tens of thousands of participants taking to the streets dressed in black, the color worn by pro-democracy protesters.
Demonstrations were held during the day in about 60 cities around the world, including Taipei, to show solidarity with the demands of the people of Hong Kong.
The transfer from Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China in 1997 took place under the “one country, two systems” principle. As with Macao, for that special administrative region of China a period of 50 years of high degree of autonomy was agreed at executive, legislative and judiciary level, with the Chinese central government being responsible for foreign affairs and defense.
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