Police clashes as Hong Kong protest sweeps into neighbourhood popular with Chinese shoppers

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Tens of thousands marched through Sha Tin on Sunday, the fifth week in a row that Hong Kong has seen such huge rallies.

Almost all have ended with violence between police and a minority of hardcore protesters.

“We have marched so many times but the government still didn’t listen, forcing everyone to take to the street,” Tony Wong, a 24-year-old protester on the Sha Tin march, told AFP.

Many protesters see the rallies as part of an existential fight against an increasingly assertive Beijing.

“This is a dangerous moment. Hong Kongers can choose to die or they can live. We’re on the edge but fortunately we haven’t died off yet,” said JoJo So, a woman in her fifties who was attending the rally.

Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes.

Under the 1997 handover deal with the British, China promised to allow Hong Kong to keep key liberties such as its independent judiciary and rights like freedom of speech.

But many say that 50-year deal is already being reneged on, citing the disappearance into mainland custody of dissident booksellers, the disqualification of prominent politicians and the jailing of democracy protest leaders.

Authorities have also resisted calls for the city’s leader to be directly elected by the people.



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