Hong Kong riots disrupt Chinese New Year

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http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/hong-kong-riots-disrupt-new-year/article8215775.ece

Overnight violent clashes between a group of protesters and the police in Hong Kong have injured scores, raising questions about underlying tensions in the glitzy financial hub.

Late on Monday, in the neighbourhood of Mong Kok — a shopping district, which was one of the epicentres of student protests in 2014 — clashes broke out after police ordered illegal street food hawkers to disperse.

The quarrel apparently triggered a wave of violent clashes — after around 100 protesters melded into the fracas — which continued to smoulder, even in the early hours on Tuesday.

The police said the “rioting” was not spontaneous. It began on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year — a symbolically important date.

Besides, the protesters, apparently equipped with home-made shields, goggles, helmets and gloves, were well prepared for a long-haul clash.

The Hong Kong daily, South China Morning Post , is reporting that a “localist” group, known by the trademark T-shirts of its followers, was among the protesters, who confronted the police with glass bottles, flower pots and bricks.

The police responded with pepper spray, but as the violence spiralled, two shots were fired in the air.

The authorities say 48 policemen were injured in the back-and-forth on the streets during the night, in which protesters set alight the metal trash bins and ripped apart pavement stone to reinforce their attack.

Social media reports said those arrested included Leung Tin-kei, spokesman for “localist” group Hong Kong Indigenous (HKI). The HKI is an amalgamation of radical groups, known for their strong anti-mainland stance. Many seek full independence for Hong Kong, or wish to drastically restrict Beijing’s role in the city, governed under the ‘One country, two systems’ formula.

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i must admit i missed this the other day..looks like the ngo’s are back out in force in honkers..

“Social media reports said those arrested included Leung Tin-kei, spokesman for “localist” group Hong Kong Indigenous (HKI). The HKI is an amalgamation of radical groups, known for their strong anti-mainland stance. Many seek full independence for Hong Kong, or wish to drastically restrict Beijing’s role in the city, governed under the ‘One country, two systems’ formula.”

why now?

“The police said the “rioting” was not spontaneous. It began on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year — a symbolically important date.”

duh..

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~ by seeker401 on February 11, 2016.

3 Responses to “Hong Kong riots disrupt Chinese New Year”

  1. >Besides, the protesters, apparently equipped with home-made shields, goggles, helmets and gloves, were well prepared for a long-haul clash.<

    is there also an 'hongpao' (red packet with cash) in each of the protester's pocket? a cheque from a hungarian bank? No. i bet he used cash

  2. As to the “why now” question…this is the year of the fire monkey, which traditionally is supposed to bring the overthrow of corrupt regimes (or so I’ve been told).
    This might have something to do with it.

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