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Hong Kong protesters go on rampage, vandalizing city

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 3, 2019 08:42AM

Protesters in Hong Kong have gone on a rampage in the Chinese city, clashing with police and risking an escalation as their acts take increasingly violent forms.

Clashes broke out in the early hours of Thursday after protesters blocked roads and vandalized shops and metro stations in districts across Hong Kong.

The protesters started putting tires on fire and threw petrol bombs and rocks at police, which prompted security forces to use tear gas.

Thousands of people had flocked to the streets in the financial hub a day earlier to condemn the shooting by police of an 18-year-old secondary-school student. The young student, who was attacking officers with a metal pipe before he was shot, is now in stable condition.

Hong Kong authorities ordered shops, metro stations and cinemas to close over fears of further riots, with Lam Chi-wai, the chairman of the Junior Police Officers Association, calling on the city's leader to impose a curfew to maintain public order.

"We are only an enforcement agency with limited power under the law. When facing such a series of massive rioting incidents, we cannot work alone – clapping only with one hand –without appropriate measures and support from the top level," Lam said.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian journalist hit in the face by a rubber bullet during the protests in Hong Kong was permanently blinded in one eye.

The journalist, Veby Indah, was injured during protests while standing with her colleagues on an overpass and filming a live stream.

"Doctors treating Ms. Indah have informed her that regrettably, the injury she received as a result of being shot by police, will result in permanent blindness in her right eye," her lawyer Michael Vidler said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Since June, Hong Kong has been beset by unrest over a contentious extradition bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland courts for trial. The bill has since been fully withdrawn, but the protests have continued.

The government of the semi-autonomous Chinese region has also opened talks with protesters.

Hong Kong has been governed under a "one-country, two-system" model since the city – a former British colony – was returned to China in 1997.

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