A long day of unrest left several injured on Monday as protesters attempted to disrupt the morning commute as part of a plan to mobilise a mass general strike. They urged students to boycott classes, business owners to close shops and employees to skip work, in keeping with the city’s 24 weeks of civil resistance calling for democratic reform and accountability for the police handling of the ongoing crisis. One black-clad protester was shot by a police officer, whilst a man was set alight by demonstrators in Ma On Shan. Clashes and tear gas continued into the night. Click here for our full coverage.
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There had been calls for a general strike on Monday, the latest step in months of anti-government unrest that has convulsed the former British colony and posed a direct challenge to Chinese rule. But the immediate spark for the escalation came when a police officer fired live rounds in the Sai Wan Ho neighborhood early in the day, critically injuring a 21-year-old protester who appeared to be unarmed. Police confirmed that one man was shot by an officer.
“In the most shocking incident, some rioters poured flammable liquid onto a person and set him on fire,” police spokesman John Tse told reporters at a press conference as the social media videos of the attack were played on a screen.
“The man has been admitted to hospital in critical condition.”
Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday that after a day of violence and chaos, everyone in Hong Kong should now condemn the “destructive” behaviour of protesters, describing them as the enemy of the people.
The CE also said she wanted to make it clear that the demonstrators – who have taken to the streets for more than five months now – “will never win”.
“If there’s still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence the Hong Kong SAR government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: that will not happen,” Lam said.
A senior Beijing official says there is an urgent need for Hong Kong to enact national security legislation, and that further steps must be taken to stop “foreign forces” interfering in the city’s affairs.
Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council – China’s cabinet – made the comments in a 6,000-word-plus article written after Communist Party leaders ended their four-day plenary meeting in Beijing at the end of last month.
“Establishing a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security have become prominent issues and urgent tasks for the government of the Hong Kong special administrative region [SAR] and people from all walks of life,” he said…
Both the central and SAR governments had the responsibility to improve the implementation of the Basic Law, he said. The National People’s Congress would interpret the Basic Law when needed, and the central authorities would review whether the laws and activities of the special administration region had violated the constitution, Basic Law or one country, two systems.
Beijing will ensure only people loyal to it will become Hong Kong’s chief executive, damping the hopes of pro-democracy activists as tensions rise after five months of historic unrest in the city.
The majority of representatives in Hong Kong’s cabinet, judiciary and legislative bodies should also support the central government, Zhang Xiaoming, China’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs, said in a post on the agency’s website.
The city’s inability to implement Article 23 — a law that prohibits acts of treason and subversion against the Chinese government — and its failure to set up units to follow through were the main reasons separatist movements are on the rise, Zhang said.
The explainer from Zhang – 国务院港澳事务办公室:坚持和完善“一国两制”制度体系
As Monday morning’s police shooting of a protester triggered a wave of shock and outrage in Hong Kong, across the border in mainland China, the response online was just as swift – but in support of the force.
“Support Hong Kong police opening fire! Clean up Hong Kong’s cockroaches!” one popular financial blogger on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, said as he shared footage of the incident.
Graphic artists create the eye-catching protest posters across the city. Psychologists provide free counseling to the emotionally distressed. And emergency room doctors, working in clandestine clinics, set shattered bones.
“Come and take revenge on us, cockroaches! We are opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate tonight, congratulations!” one of them shouted.
A statement by a Hong Kong university condemning the assault on a student last week has done little to allay the fears of many mainland Chinese.
The statement issued by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on Sunday has been viewed 140 million times on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
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Mainland Chinese took to social media to complain about residential prices that are already too high and express anger they’re being treated as inferior.
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Potentially the biggest factor mopping up liquidity is Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s plan to start taking orders this week for a massive share sale in Hong Kong. Banks are also likely to be hoarding cash for year-end regulatory checks. Making matters worse were concerns over capital flight, as citywide protests turned violent when police shot and wounded two demonstrators Monday morning.
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