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    Police Pepper-sprayed Protesters on China National Day

     
    Hong Kong

    October 1, 2010
    by P H Yang Photography (phyang.org)


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    "Police pepper-sprayed a journalist," a few protesters yelled.

    The police used pepper-spray repeatedly unprovoked and without warning against around 100 pro-democracy protesters in front of the Central Government Liaison Office in Western District, Hong Kong this afternoon on the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

    Legislator Long Hair, aka Leung Kwok Hung, was amongst the protesters sprayed. He could not open his eyes even after rinsing them with bottled water and had to be sent to the hospital for treatment.

    A cameraman of NOW TV was also reported as a victim of the spray.

    The protest was organized by the League of Social Democrats and over a hundred people gathered outside the Legislative Council in Central and marched to the liaison office demanding the "end of one party rule" and the release of dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is being jailed for 11 years for inciting subversion as the instigator of Charter '08, demanding human rights for Chinese citizens.
          
    The protesters were prevented from approaching the liaison office by massive police barricades. Scuffle broke out after negotiation between Long Hair and the Police failed to break the impasse.

     

    Police said that they have arrested five men for acts of public  disorder. They were not immediately charged pending further  investigation and were released on bail.

    Under the principle of "one country, two systems", Hong Kong runs on economic and political systems different from those of mainland China. Hong Kong is one of the world's leading international financial centres, with a major capitalist service economy.
              
    Unlike the mainland, Hong Kong has a well-developed civil society and enjoys freedom of protest, assembly and expression.

     

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