Hong Kong – The “Human Rights Rally in Solidarity with Uyghurs” was held at Edinburgh Place in Central on Dec. 22. More than 1,000 people responded to the online appeal to attend the peace rally in the afternoon.
The rally, which received a letter of no objection from the police, was originally scheduled to end at 18:00. However, at around 17:30, large numbers of riot police stormed the peaceful rally claiming the rally is now unlawful.
They raised black flag and ordered civilians to leave the site immediately. Batons and pepper sprays were used, and some officers even drew out pistols against defenseless participants. The police quickly set up cordon lines as the crowds dispersed in a panic.
Mass searches were conducted by Hong Kong police across the Central business district. Meanwhile, civilians were pushed back from the IFC bridge by over 50 riot police, which was connected to the Ferry pier, a source of transport between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. On the ground, police order and pushed civilians and reporters alike away from pedestrian areas. At around 17:35, two gunshots were heard, and a foreigner was hit by a rubber bullet in his leg.
Source: Flash Media; First Hand; Stand News