Police fired tear gas Sunday inside a train station and in several other Hong Kong neighborhoods where protesters occupied roads in another weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Tear gas was also deployed on both sides of Victoria Harbor - in the Tsim Sha Tsui area on the Kowloon side and in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. Lei Yong, a visitor to Hong Kong from China's central Henan province, was yelling at the protesters, reports Kuhn.
Protests broke out in Hong Kong two months ago when local authorities proposed a Bill that would have allowed them to extradite suspects to places with which the city doesn't have extradition treaties, including mainland China.
In the early hours on August 11, the Hong Kong government released a press release saying that it had arrested 16 people overnight for "unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapon, assaulting a police officer, and obstructing a police officer in the execution of duties". The movement's demands include the resignation of the city's leader, democratic elections, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters.
What could have been a peaceful protest against an extradition Bill led to the biggest political crisis Hong Kong has seen since it was handed over to China by the British colonialists.
"New Zealanders in Hong Kong are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those meant to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning".
On Monday aviation workers joined a strike that gridlocked Hong Kong, forcing airlines, including Cathay, to cancel hundreds of flights.
"Residents of the area are advised.to, if necessary, keep their windows shut and stay indoors", it said.
Some of the protests have turned violent and resulted in clashes between police officers and protesters, with one side resorting to tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles, and the other side countering it by throwing bricks, bamboo sticks and gasoline bombs.
Ortagus said it was the job of USA diplomats and those from other countries to meet with different people, including opposition leaders.
Former deputy police commissioner Alan Lau Yip-shing has been appointed to help handle large-scale public order events and steer operations, including activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, the government said in a statement.
Last Friday police banned four marches planned for Saturday and Sunday.
"I'd like to point out that Hong Kong today is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China".
What options does China have to deal with anger in Hong Kong?
The videos could be used in an art work or a documentary film or a series of interviews, according to Ai, who said the protests had started as a "rational demonstration" by young people to withdraw the extradition law before China reacted "irrationally". Also, the timing and location of protests have been harder to predict as police and protesters escalate actions.
The Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao published a photograph it said showed Eadeh talking with student leaders in the lobby of a luxury hotel.