Hong Kong Police have come under fire after officials admitted to posing as protestors and committing acts of violence. This comes as Hong Kong Police Public Relations Chief Superintendent Tse Chun-Chung suggests police have intelligence that protesters will engage in terrorism. Activists have responded to claims of violence as “propaganda meant to scare people from taking to the streets.”. Hong Kong Legislator Claudia Mo echoed the opinion of activists, calling the intelligence “a joke”.
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The Civil Human Rights Front has organized several anti-government protests. This time, they’ve been denied permission to march in the city. The group claims their denial will only accelerate violence. Other events planned by protestors are also being shut down.
Hong Kong Police Escalating
Violence escalated over the weekend, according to Tse Chun-Chung. Protestors used more than 100 firebombs against police. Police fired water cannons and tear gas at protestors in response. The police also reportedly detained 157 people over the weekend. Tse has claimed that protestors have posed as police officials to commit acts of terror against civilians. Mo debunked this claim by asserting the opposite was true. Rather, police are posing as protestors to escalate the violence.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said he will “uphold the ‘one country, two systems’ principle in Hong Kong.” The number of Chinese troops around Hong Kong is expected to triple. Among the troops are the People’s Armed Police. These troops answer directly to Xi and could be his way of “upholding” the principle.
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