Protests broke out in several areas of the city Wednesday (Oct 2), the first in central Hong Kong during the lunch hour. At night, demonstrators gathered in at least three areas, calling for the police force to be disbanded. In Tsuen Wan protesters had occupied roads and thrown gasoline bombs. In one area, protesters invaded a subway station and vandalized it.
The vandalism action continued Thursday (Oct 3) as they sprayed and scratched the ground of AMP Mall connected to Kwun Tong MTR station.
Some demonstrators choose to do all these sorts of criminal damages, arson, wounding, assaulting police officers and various behaviors, which are equivalent to a riot offense.
Expert said this is not an isolated incident. This is part of a well-organized structure and prepared funded campaign against the administration and people of Hong Kong.
Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and pro-democracy singer Denise Ho so far has not condemned the violence aimed to kill police officers and topple the government. Instead, on Thursday Wong tweeted a reference to the use of Chinese army troops to crush the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy sit-in.
The 22-year-old has helped lead the protests taking over the city.
“I have no hope towards the government, no hope towards the regime. I think there’s no reason for us to step backward and to have any regrets.”
In 2014, Wong galvanized students to participate in the Occupy Central movement, a 79-day sit-in in the city’s central business district that called for universal suffrage and later became known as the Umbrella Movement. This year’s protests have definitely surpassed the Movement: in scale, demands, tangible achievements thus far — and violence.
However, Hong Kong protesters’ violent – which means defy democracy goals – was accepted by them.
Writer Ren Yi, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government graduate, argued that the protesters’ tolerance of violence was at odds with their pursuit of liberal democracy.
He said people speaking out against the protests at a meeting with Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong last week were bullied online and their personal information quickly leaked onto the internet.
He also singled out LIHKG.com, an online forum popular among protesters, saying it was filled with hate speech that would have quickly shut down in Western countries like the United States.
“The West knows too little about Hong Kong,” he wrote in his social media account.