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Violence spreads across Hong Kong's New Territories in 24th weekend of unrest

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By Jessie Pang and Joyce Zhou

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up rallies as activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls across Hong Kong's New Territories and Kowloon peninsula on Sunday during the 24th straight weekend of anti-government unrest.

Protesters shouted abuse at "black police" in Cantonese wherever officers appeared, referring to perceived brutality against demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city that show no sign of let-up after more than five months.

Pro-democracy protesters vandalised a train station in the central new town of Sha Tin and a restaurant seen as being pro-Beijing, overturning banqueting tables and smashing glass panels, two weeks before district council elections.

Violence spilled out onto the streets of Tuen Mun outside the "V city" mall, with running battles between riot police and protesters.

Now TV showed pictures of a circular, red welt and bruise on the upper arm of one of its reporters who said she had been hit by a tear gas canister in Tsuen Wan, to the west of the New Territories, where police fired tear gas late into the evening to clear the streets.

The rail station was closed in Sha Tin, amid scuffles between police and protesters young and old, on a day of planned shopping mall protests throughout the territory. Shopping districts across the harbour on the main island were quiet.

Protesters daubed graffiti and damaged shops at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong and "stormed" stores in Tsuen Wan, police said.

The violence spread to the Kowloon district of Mong Kok, one of the world's most densely populated areas. Police used water cannon and volley after volley of tear gas to try to clear the main artery of Nathan Road, which was littered with loose bricks under the bright, neon lights.

Police also fired tear gas late at night in the New Territories district of Tai Po, north of Sha Tin.

Protesters are angry about what they see as police brutality and meddling by Beijing in the former British colony's freedoms, guaranteed by the "one country, two systems" formula in place since the territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

China denies interfering and has blamed Western countries for stirring up trouble.

CALL FOR REVENGE

Thousands of people gathered at a Saturday night vigil for"martyrs", following the death of a student in hospital this week after falling from a car park during a protest. Many called for revenge.

The student, Chow Tsz-lok, 22, fell from the first floor building in the bay-side eastern suburb of Tseung Kwan O, where police fired tear gas into the night on Sunday as protesters threw bricks, built street barricades and hurled abuse.

Thousands gathered in Chater Garden, in Central on Hong Kong island, to mourn Chow. Pastor Yuen Tin Yau said Chow's family had decided to donate his organs.

"Yes, we are hopeless, we are restless. But we won't give up. Of course, we want to see this moment end in harmony and in justice," said protester Tanya Yeu, 55. "Perhaps there is a long way to go, but we will hang in, we will hang in."

Seven pro-democracy city lawmakers have been detained or face arrest and are due to appear in court on Monday on charges of obstructing a May meeting of the local assembly, according to police and several of the lawmakers.

"We believe that the government together with the police, as well as the pro-establishment camp, they are trying to escalate the anger of Hong Kong people in order to cancel or even to postpone the upcoming district council election," Tanya Chan, a pro-democracy lawmaker, told reporters on Saturday.

One of the arrested lawmakers, Gary Fan, said the detentions were the result of "political prosecutions and judicial crackdowns" by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam.

The elections are due on Nov 24.

The colony of Hong Kong island and the Kowloon peninsula, acquired after two "opium wars" with China, was expanded to include the much larger, rural New Territories on a 99-year lease in 1898. Britain returned all the land to China when that lease expired in 1997.

Protesters have called for a general strike on Monday and urged people to block public transport, although such calls in the past have often come to nothing.

They have also demanded an independent inquiry into police tactics, something Lam has refused.

A five-member international panel said an analysis of the Hong Kong police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Council, indicated a shortfall in its "independent investigative capability" to look into policing during the protests.

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Dont worry about those who throw names like "terrorist" at these freedom fighters. They are simply Communist sympathizers who have a hatred of freedom, like the HK government.

China's land. China's laws. China's right. Isn't this the "logic" you use to defend Japan acting repugnantly? Why does it apply to Japan and not China?

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A police officer this morning shot an unarmed kid in the chest at close range. At no point did this kid display himself as being a threat, nor did the police officer issue any prior warning.

Clearly the police are now going by a shoot to kill policy.

(Go on twitter and look up his name Kwan Kar Wing. He's already been named and shamed with his murdering face and name plastered all over the internet)

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Right.... Got it.

Nah, you ain't got it. If you did, you'd be able to see through propaganda, and see through the agenda of an authoritarian regime.

They're even arresting politicians now, got it?

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So many protests across the globe.

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AkieToday 08:16 am JST

who wear the same black masks as terrorists in the middle east.

Oh you meant the police since the beginning ? I totally agree with you.

Those police officers should also be held accountable for their actions, the recent gang rape of the arrested lady is the behavior of invading forces. DNA has been taken and hopefully light will be shed !

Sadly I am worried about who is going to be able to make those rapists "police officers" accountable...

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All the best to the freedom fighters in HK in their struggle. Hit those who wish Communism to rule in HK, hit them hard and dont stop hitting until victory is achieved.

Dont worry about those who throw names like "terrorist" at these freedom fighters. They are simply Communist sympathizers who have a hatred of freedom, like the HK government.

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Obviously, they are the people who demolished public properties, who beat innocent bystanders, who assassinated political rivals, who burnt govt buildings, who attacked police men and women, who wear the same black masks as terrorists in the middle east.

You can label them, and call them your daddy, your mommy, but before laws, they are terrorists.

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I know they are hiding a hidden agenda when they (Lam & Beijing) are in sync with their propaganda.

Hidden agenda... secret cabal...it's all a big conspiracy and only you know about it.

Right.... Got it.

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If they promote terrorism, if they cry for terrorism, they are terrorists.

So why isn't Lam arrested for terrorism. Plenty of evidence out there of government initiated terrorism.

What was Lam's reaction when reporters asked about these evidence? Her answer - HK needs a firewall like China.

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@Burning Bush

How do you know it's not a careful calibration of lawlessness (by Lam) so as to speed up integration with mainland law enforcement?

I know they are hiding a hidden agenda when they (Lam & Beijing) are in sync with their propaganda.

They started with an unnecessary bill. Even if it passed, wouldn't achieve the objective of extraditing the suspect to Taiwan. AND, when Lam had a chance to hand him over to Taiwan, she set him free instead. If you were a HKer, wouldn't you be very angry?

Then they immediately labelled protesters as terrorists and rioters, but there are now evidence that mainland agents started the rioting. They are still starting much of the false flags actions. They are planting evidence on protesters, they have even employed gun for hire thugs, engaged with triads.

The same recalibration into lawlessness and chaos continues unabated. But through their loud speakers, they are blaming the unpatriotic protesters, the CIA, UK secret service....everyone but themselves.

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The shopping malls are collateral damage. Every struggle for freedom has collateral damage. Free people know this.

Shops are privately-owned business, sometimes family owned. And all of them insured by private companies, meaning everybody's premiums are going to increase.

Want to know how to properly protest, study the Velvet revolution of Czechoslovakia in 1989.

A totalitarian government was brought down without any violence, without the smashing of anything, a totally peaceful revolution. Everybody, young and old hit the streets, nobody wore black facemasks and they handed flowers to the police.

Wearing a mask, walking around with a metal bar and smashing random windows ain't gonna work.

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> Right, take out your frustrations with your elected officials by smashing your neighbor's window.

That's the way to go... got it.

Shopping malls are people's neighbors? That a new one.

The shopping malls are collateral damage. Every struggle for freedom has collateral damage. Free people know this.

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Terrorism must be stopped whenever and wherever it happened. Before laws, there are no special people, be it reporters, or press, or politicians, or court judges, or foreigners, or crazy minds, or giant infants. If they promote terrorism, if they cry for terrorism, they are terrorists.

I completely agree that the CCP and their thugs need to be stopped.

Chip Star, please respect others' freedom before pursue your own freedom, that is called selfishlessness.

I respect everyone's freedoms, which is why I support the people of Hong Kong in their struggle against the anti-democratic, authoritarian CCP.

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It will teach the authorities how serious the people are about maintaining their freedoms.

Right, take out your frustrations with your elected officials by smashing your neighbor's window.

That's the way to go... got it.

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Chip Star, please respect others' freedom before pursue your own freedom, that is called selfishlessness.

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Terrorism must be stopped whenever and wherever it happened. Before laws, there are no special people, be it reporters, or press, or politicians, or court judges, or foreigners, or crazy minds, or giant infants. If they promote terrorism, if they cry for terrorism, they are terrorists.

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Yeah, trash some shopping malls, that'll teach em.

What losers.

It will teach the authorities how serious the people are about maintaining their freedoms.

The only losers are those that cast aspersions on people fighting for freedom.

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activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls

Yeah, trash some shopping malls, that'll teach em.

What losers.

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