Hong Kong Protests Take Turn For The Worse

by Amitabh Joshi 4 years ago Views 1218

Hong Kong
For the first time in three weeks of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, a policeman fired a warning shot. Violent clashes with demonstrators took place on Sunday night during which police also used water cannons.

Last week, authorities took strong measures to prevent protests at the airport after demonstrators had earlier paralysed the major transit hub. Those seeking to enter the terminal have to now show valid boarding passes and passports.

Beijing is said to be fast losing patience with the situation in the special territory.The situation still remains tense as Chinese authorities warn of a crackdown. In the coming weeks, a mass march, a city-wide strike and university boycott are planned.

With a GDP larger than many industrialised countries, the unrest has hit the territory with the local government slashing its 2019 GDP forecast from 2-3% to zero to 1 percent. 

The tourism industry on which Hong Kong thrives has also been badly hit, with arrivals down over 40% already. The demonstrations have been escalating since July against an extradition bill with mainland China.

Watch scenes from Sunday night’s protests:





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