Pro-democracy clashes escalated in Hong Kong Sunday, the police unleashed tear gas to clear thousands of protesters who laid siege to the city government for three days.
The Chinese government has condemned the demonstration. But against the protesters in a bid to appease the Communist Party of China, the Hong Kong authorities to the risk angering even city dwellers, according to experts.
Police efforts to contain the protesters clash triggered the protest area and others nearby. Having access to the area was blocked, thousands of supporters defied a police cordon and pushed their way to a six-lane freeway, so the traffic to a standstill. One of the entrances, the police sprayed pepper spray and raised their sticks to ward off the angry residents.
“At this stage, it looks like it should be shown to the fist,” said Willy Wo-Lap Lam, the old commentator on Chinese politics who teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, while visiting a sit-in protest site. “If the police can not handle this properly, the government leaders also appear ineffective.”
Police curved box tear gas into the crowd on Sunday night, hours after protesters held at bay, according to The Associated Press. The smoke of tear gas sent searing peopole flee down the road.
The Hong Kong government has been struggling with how to defuse the protest sit-in began Friday evening and continued over the weekend, sometimes the swelling crowd of tens of thousands. The Chinese government, which exercises sovereignty over Hong Kong as a “special administrative region,” he added, in response to the pressure publicly denounced the protests.
“The central government adamantly opposes the various unlawful acts took place in Hong Kong, damaging the rule of law and social order,” said an unnamed spokesman for the Chinese government agency in charge of Hong Kong affairs, according to Xinhua, the state-owned news agency.
“We have full confidence and strong support for the SAR Government to deal with this in accordance with the law, maintaining social stability in Hong Kong, and safety of the lives and property of residents of Hong Kong,” the spokesman said.
The Hong Kong police, clearing the protest area can be tricky in itself and potentially thousands of protesters determined the area was broken railings, concrete curbs and other obstacles, which can protect the protesters or create dangerous bottlenecks in the audience.