Live from Hong Kong: Police Fire 150 Cans of Tear Gas at Demonstrators As Mass Protests Against Changes to China Extradition Law Continue

Live report from Hong Kong

Over the past few days, huge numbers of protestors have gathered in Hong Kong to take a stand against another change in Hong Kong law instituted by Mainland China.  The protests turned ugly when police fired tear gas at the outraged demonstrators.

China instituted another change in Hong Kong law that has infuriated Hong Kong citizens.
The Hong Kong Free Press reported:

Hong Kong Police Commissioner Stephen Lo has said “low fatality weapons” were used to clear Wednesday’s anti-extradition law protests because demonstrators charged police lines with weapons.

Lo said the protests were organised, describing them as a “riot.” He added that around 150 tear gas canisters, “several” rounds of rubber bullets, and 20 beanbag shots were fired during the protest clearance. In comparison, 87 rounds of tear gas canisters were used during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests.

Eleven people were arrested for crimes in relation to disorderly conduct in public, unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers, and riot-related offences. He said 22 police officers were injured.

The protests are in response to changes to be voted upon in Hong Kong law –

It explicitly allows extraditions from Hong Kong to greater China – including the mainland, Taiwan and Macau – for the first time, closing what Hong Kong government officials have repeatedly described as a “loophole” that they claim has allowed the city to become a haven for criminals from the mainland.

Today the heavy rain in the afternoon tamped down the protesters.

It is unknown how long the protests will continue or what other actions the protestors and the police have in mind.

This comes at a delicate time in Chinese-US relations after the current trade negotiations were stalled.

The trade war has put China in a precarious situation and they cannot afford to see US business migrate to competing economies.

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