Hong Kong entered its 12th consecutive weekend of protests on Saturday, reiterating the five demands that emerged during this democratic movement, adding an additional problem: the government's installation of "smart" environmental monitoring lamps that aroused privacy concerns. Thousands took to the streets in the afternoon, and a small crowd of protesters wearing helmets gathered at the Kwun Tong Subway Station, where they could be seen yelling at police as officers closed the gates of the station.
The MTR metro operator said it was suspending services between seven metro stations in the protest area to "guarantee the safety of passengers and our staff". Last night, MTR also announced that it had received a temporary restraining order for people who acted illegally, intentionally obstructed or impeded the movement of the station, damaged property or used threateningly or offensively.
Hong Kong Metro stations have been the site of much protest and confrontation this summer. Earlier this week, protesters piled up debris in a barricade and organized a silent meeting at the Yuen Long Subway Station to mark a month since the mafia attacked protesters, witnesses and journalists at the station.
Hong Kong Airport – the eight busiest in the world – is currently disposing of those who obstruct the airport. Earlier this month, protesters occupied the city's airport, hitting nearly 1,000 flights in two days.
Hong Kong protests for almost three months. Initially, the demonstrations were triggered by a suspended bill that would allow fugitives to be extradited to China, where there is a separate legal system. Since then, the demands of protesters have expanded to include an investigation into alleged police brutality and universal suffrage in a city that currently has only partial democracy.
] Tactics change
In the summer of disagreement in Hong Kong, protesters organized several large, i.e. major marches, including some with projected results of more than 1 million. Protesters have tried a number of techniques, including storming the Legislative Council building and leading widespread strikes in the city.
On Friday, thousands of people stood in lines stretching around Hong Kong to form a human chain – worship of the Baltic Road, which took place on the same date, 30 years ago. On August 23, 1989, millions of people in the Baltic States in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania form a 600 km (372 miles) human chain to claim independence from the Soviet Union.
Hong Kong Airport is expected to be targeted on Saturday morning for the second time this month, but plans to block transportation to and from the airport have not materialized.
To prevent problems, the Hong Kong Airport Authority warned in a statement on Friday that the blocking of roads connecting the airport could be an illegal obstruction of the airport, meaning that anyone who did so could be subject to jail or fine. He also ran ads in local newspapers on Friday, encouraging young people to love and protect the airport.
"We sincerely urge all young people who love Hong Kong in their hearts not to participate or support actions that disrupt the normal operation at the airport. exploiting or damaging the international image of the airport, "the ads said, adding that the collapse of the airport could lead to the unemployment of about 100,000 people who depend on the airport to make a living.
19659015] The protests this weekend come after a week of relative calm in Hong Kong, which has seen numerous clashes between protesters and police while on the move. BC Instead, an estimated 1.7 million people caught up with heavy rain and heat to march through the streets of Hong Kong on the 11th consecutive weekend of protests in the city.
On Friday, Hong Kong police said that there are elements of the protest movement that are "not calm." Three to four senior police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the personal information of officers was shared in an anti-police group with more than 100,000 members in the encrypted Telegram application .
They called the tactic "a kind of psychological warfare," and stated that they arrested 16 people on suspicion of disclosing personal data without consent and causing harm and misuse of a computer.
ordinary policemen, claiming they were used to target some "radical violent elements."
But in the human chain on Friday, many protesters insisted the movement was peaceful and dismissed police's portrayal of them as violent.
"(The government) say not with a peaceful protesters, they just make up a story. Some people really believe that. They're trying to attack us. Sometimes it's devastating, "said 33-year-old Felix Wong, who began to cry as she explained how upset she was with the government's position.
" I know many people just like me, we see the news and we read some articles, we just burst into tears easily these two to three months, "she
The bigger picture
Beyond the fighting between police and protesters, she is also worried about how the ongoing protests are affecting the city's economy.
Hong Kong's economy has grown by just 0.6 % in the second quarter compared with same time last year, the weakest quarterly figure in a decade, on Thursday. Global banks in Hong Kong ran ads in several local newspapers calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the city government and protesters against democracy.