- Posted October 1, 2010 by
Hong Kong, China
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Police Pepper-sprayed Protesters on China National Day
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.
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.
Unlike the mainland, Hong Kong has a well-developed civil society and enjoys freedom of protest, assembly and expression.