Hong Kong’s Chief Executive says those involved in violent clashes with police over street vendors will be brought to justice. Julie Noce reports.
We condemn such violent acts:Hong Kong Chief Executive
Protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police in violent demonstrations over the removal of illegal street vendors in the city’s Mong Kok neighbourhood.
Demonstrators hurled bricks at police and set trash cans on fire.
Video showed officers and protesters beating each other with poles and sticks… some were attacked as they lay on the ground.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying strongly condemned the violence and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LEUNG CHUN-YING, SAYING:
“They damaged police cars and public properties, committed acts of arson, threw bricks and other objects at police officers including those who had already been injured and were lying on the ground seriously jeopardizing the safety of police officers and other people at the site. I believe that the public can see for themselves from TV news reports there seriousness of the situation. The SAR government strongly condemns such violent acts. The police will apprehend the mobs and bring them to justice.”
The vendors are a common sight on Hong Kong’s bustling streets and quickly attracted a strong social media following under the hashtag #FishballRevolution.
The area saw demonstrations in late 2014 to demand voting rights, but Tuesday’s clashes seemed more violent.
Many protesters remain deeply resentful of the lack of concessions from either Beijing or Hong Kong during the 2014 pro-democracy protests.