HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters rallied on Sunday, defying a police ban on marches in the Chinese-controlled territory and persevering with a restive weekend of demonstrations which saw police fire teargas overnight.

Anti-extradition invoice protesters support an indication in Victoria Park in Hong Kong, China, August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Anti-authorities protests took divulge in varied areas across the Asian financial hub, in conjunction with one on the city’s worldwide airport for a third day.

An increasing number of violent demonstration receive plunged Hong Kong into its most excessive political disaster for a protracted time, posing a excessive bid to the central authorities in Beijing which has taken an an increasing number of not easy line.

By Sunday afternoon, over a thousand dusky-clad protesters peacefully swarmed the airport arrivals hall, chanting “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our time.”

In the city’s Victoria Park, thousands of parents in conjunction with aged and families with formative years braved sweltering warmth to position a matter to authorities hear to the public’s demands, in particular

an honest inquiry into the authorities’s going via of the disaster and what they snarl is police brutality.

Police acknowledged on Sunday they’d arrested 16 other folks at some point soon of the protests on Saturday for costs in conjunction with unlawful assembly and possession of an offensive weapon. Authorities receive arrested over 600 other folks for the reason that rallies started in June.

Jason Liu, a 29-twelve months-frail protester who works as an arborist making particular the city’s trees are wholesome, acknowledged the police made him per chance the most angry as they acted cherish enemies as an different of shielding the other folks.

“But our significant target is clearly the authorities. They didn’t answer to any of our requests.”

The previous British colony of Hong Kong is roiling from months of protests that started in opposition to a proposed invoice to permit other folks to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China and receive developed into calls for better democracy.

On Saturday, police fired volleys of teargas to disperse protesters after activists rallied across the city.

In the working class district of Sham Shui Po, over a thousand other folks, in conjunction with center historical and aged marched to issue in opposition to the authorities. Many outlets in the dwelling had been shuttered.

“We receive now lived in Hong Kong all our lives and right here is the toughest time since the authorities just is just not listening to the voters,” acknowledged a 63-twelve months-frail man surnamed Leung, who used to be accompanied by his 93-twelve months-frail father in a wheelchair.

There used to be no police presence at any of the demonstration capabilities in the afternoon and the atmosphere remained jovial and restful, with other folks even bringing their canines.

Authorities haven’t given permission for Sunday’s two protests deliberate in Sham Shui Po or North Level, nonetheless the rally at Victoria Park used to be permitted.


China has acknowledged the central authorities would not sit down idly by and let the bid proceed. Hong Kong’s authorities has also acknowledged the violence and unlawful protests had been pushing the city to an especially harmful edge.

China has also focused the city’s company giants, worrying that the city’s flagship provider Cathay Pacific Airways (0293.HK) suspend workers focused on the demonstrations.

The airline told workers on Saturday it would bar any “overly radical” workers from crewing flights to the mainland and acknowledged it had eliminated a pilot who used to be arrested at protests closing week from responsibility.

China has confirmed accurate toughen for the city’s police power with divulge info agency Xinhua on Sunday pointing out that 245 representatives from Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations met on Saturday in the city’s North Level dwelling to cloak their toughen for police.

Protesters receive an increasing number of adopted flash ways, playing a cat and mouse sport with police to evade pick.

Younger other folks had been on the forefront of most fresh protests, shy relating to the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, while also all for disorders comparable to wealth disparities in the city.

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Aged other folks receive also been acting. On Saturday in two separate protests, little groups of aged Hong Kongers and families marched shut to the financial center’s enterprise districts. Both marches and the airport protests had been restful.

Just a few leisure and public facilities receive deliberate to shut on Sunday afternoon when the protests are expected.

“I don’t care if it’s correct or unlawful,” acknowledged 18 twelve months frail university pupil Polly.” We receive now so many other folks on our facet.”

Reporting by James Pomfret, Anne Marie Roantree, Marius Zaharia, Vimvam Tong, Greg Torode, Donny Kwok and Brenda Goh; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Kim Coghill