Canada Hong Kong: Police sports complex targeted by Molotov cocktails

09:15  01 december  2020
09:15  01 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A sports complex belonging to the Hong Kong police was the target of Molotov cocktails on Tuesday morning, an extremely rare attack on the police since Beijing imposed a drastic law on national security on the former British colony.

Police said they received information that three men dressed in black threw Molotov cocktails in the parking lot of the Police Sports and Recreation Club in Mongkok, an area that has witnessed numerous clashes between radicals and riot forces during the 2019 protests.

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Hong Kong is well-known for their airsoft replicas that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. It's irresponsible and misleading to assume this person is a police If it's a police doing it, I would assume it's so they can run the headline "Protesters throw Molotov at Police " to justify additional force.

As protests raged in Hong Kong on Nov. 17, a police vehicle being used to clear a bridge was hit by a Molotov cocktail and forced to retreat.

Local media released footage of a truck with the front burned down, but no further damage was reported.

An 18-year-old man was arrested not far from the Club in possession of a tear gas canister, but it is not known whether he is considered a suspect.

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Hong Kong experienced in 2019 its most serious political crisis since its handover to China in 1997, with almost daily demonstrations, and sometimes violent, for seven months, to demand democratic reforms and to demand an investigation into the action of the police accused of "violence".

This mobilization has often brought together the police officers, who use tear gas and rubber bullets, and radical militants throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. The Hong Kong police stations were then repeatedly targeted.

Thousands of arrests, then the restrictions ordered to fight the coronavirus epidemic, got the better of the street protest. But none of the protesters' demands were granted.

And this year Beijing has undertaken a strong takeover of its theoretically semi-autonomous region, notably through a national security law imposed on Hong Kong at the end of June, and which is described as freedom-killing by the pro-democracy movement.

Attacks on the police are now considered terrorism and carry penalties of up to life.

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This is interesting!