Unrest continues in Hong Kong this week following protestors’ takeover of a Parliament building. Demonstrators physically assaulted the structure Monday morning, then broke in and occupied the property later that evening. Police began dispersing crowds and clearing the building of protestors shortly after midnight, the Associated Press reports.
Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton recounts, “The protesters have hit again; apparently, on the legislature of Hong Kong…hundreds of thousands of people [were] marching in the streets.”
Yesterday marked the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. According to BBC News, citizens observe the anniversary each year with pro-democracy events. However, Nettleton says this week’s developments underscore a bold message.
“‘We don’t want to be under Chinese law, we don’t want to be subject to the things that people in China are subject to under the Communist Party.’”
Protests began as a collective objection to the extradition law. Now, the demonstrators’ focus is much larger. A man identifying himself as “G” told BBC News, “The movement is now beyond the bill. It’s about the autonomy of Hong Kong.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth