Hong Kong protests: Escalation of violence by both police and protesters during weekend of anti-government demonstrations

Police fire warning shot and deploy water cannon as some radical demonstrators attack officers with Molotov cocktails and metal poles

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Police drew at least two guns and point them at protesters who had chased the small group of officers down Sha Tsui Road in Tsuen Wan.

A twelve-year-old, arrested at Sunday’s protest in Tsuen Wan, was in hospital yesterday, according to police . Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah told media that the boy’s parents had been contacted and his father had gone to the police station. The boy had been unwell and so he was sent to hospital.

Shot fired

For the first time during these protests, police fired a real bullet and used water cannon. An officer fired a warning into the air on Sunday night in Sha Tsui Road in Tsuen Wan. Superintendent Leung Kwok-wing later said the warning shot had been fired because “officers’ lives were under threat”.

Three police officers were being chased by a violent mob that was hurling metal and bamboo poles at them when they drew their weapons, spokesperson Terrance Mak Chin-ho, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, said at a briefing on Monday. Given that some of their helmets, shields and other protective gears were smashed, and some “rioters” were charging towards an officer who had already fallen to the ground, the police’s use of force showed “great restraint”, and was “necessary” and “reasonable”, he added.

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Water cannon deployed

As protests against the extradition bill entered their 12th week, police on Sunday used water cannon to disperse a violent mob occupying Yeung Uk Road and Texaco Road in Tsuen Wan.

Meanwhile, residents at Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay surrounded the estate’s management office after the entry code to the estates gates had been changed at short notice, and security guard stopped people dressed in black from returning to their homes. Some of the more militant protesters on Sunday were wearing black.

Water cannon trucks have been deployed as Hong Kong Police and Anti-government protesters clash in Tsuen Wan after a march from Kwai Chung Sports Ground to Tsuen Wan Park on Sunday.
Photo: Dickson Lee/SCMP

Female medic will not lose her eye

A female medic whose right eye was shot during a violent protest in Tsim Sha Tsui on August 11, will not lose her eye, a hospital source has said.

Protesters claim the woman had been hit by a beanbag which had smashed through her protective goggles. Police say they don’t know how the injury happened and urged witnesses to contact them.

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Hong Kong university students detained in Tibet

Ten local university students have been released after being detained by mainland security officers at Mount Everest’s base camp in Tibet, online news site HK01 reported. Eight of the students were from the University of Hong Kong, one was from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the last was from City University.

According to a Weibo post by the Tibet Autonomous Region Security Bureau’s Cyber Security Force yesterday, one of the students – a Hong Kong male surnamed Cheung – was found taking pictures while holding an A4-sized paper which read “Liberate Hong Kong” about 8pm on Friday. Other tourists who saw him tried to stop him, and later reported it to the police.

The police warned him that he had broken the law. He promised never to do it again, signed a statement of repentance, and he and his nine friends who were not reprimanded, were released.