The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government has strongly condemned the vandalistic and violent acts of radical protesters in Kowloon district on Saturday. "We will not allow the U.S. to meddle and wreck havoc".
Protesters gathered at a sports stadium Sunday as Hong Kong braced for more anti-government rallies, a day after clashes returned to the city's streets following several days of relative calm.
After a brief respite the previous weekend when demonstrations were peaceful, a group of hardcore protesters yesterday clashed with police, throwing petrol bombs and spraying fire extinguishers at officers, who then fired rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowd after repeated warnings proved "futile".
In Hong Kong's central business district Friday, protesters formed human chains that snaked past the Asian headquarters of many global financial institutions. The city has been gripped by three months of street protests that started against a proposed extradition bill to China but have spun out into a wider pro-democracy movement. "I urge the world to lift the veil Beijing has put on Hong Kong, to know that freedom and democracy are the only thing Hong Kong people are fighting for", he continued.
The Canadian Consulate didn't say whether the travel restriction for local staff was related to the detention of the British Consulate employee, Simon Cheng Man-kit.
The march in an outlying community in Hong Kong's New Territories started near the Kwai Fong rail station, which has become a focal point of protesters after police used tear gas in the station earlier this month.
During a daily briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China respects Canada's decision, but countered it with a Confucius quote: "A gentleman is open and poised; a petty man is unhappy and anxious".
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The unrest raised questions about whether China would deploy the People's Liberation Army or the People's Armed Police, a paramilitary force, to the city.
But on August 22, Global Times reported that Cheng had been detained for "solicitation of prostitution".
Beijing said that the employee, Simon Cheng, was detained in the border city of Shenzhen neighbouring Hong Kong. China often uses public order charges against political targets and has sometimes used the accusation of soliciting prostitution. Ou Shaokun, an anti-corruption activist, alleged in 2015 that he was framed by authorities in southern Hunan province who said they found him in a hotel room with a prostitute.
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"We know this is the last chance to fight for "one country, two systems", otherwise the Chinese Communist Party will penetrate our home city and control everything", he said. Lam said in her post on Saturday afternoon.
The Hong Kong Way is the latest event organized in a wave of protests that has lasted for almost three months already.
There have been reports that Chinese immigration officers are inspecting phones for photos related to the protests.