For the first time in Hong Kong on National Day protests, an 18 year old student was shot at after he was involved in a scuffle with the Hong Kong police. It was also reported that tens of thousands of Hongkongers came out on the streets to protests in the afternoon of the National Day despite the ban.
While the rest of China was watching the biggest celebration of its 70th Founding Day, Hong Kong on National Day (Hong Kongers) hit the streets for universal suffrage in the afternoon amid gut-shots that was fired skyward as well as to the young protester. The injured is reportedly recuperating in a Hong Kong hospital.
With his predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao by his side at Tiananmen Square, Chinese President Xi Jinping have reaffirmed that China is committed to safeguarding the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ arrangement that was agreed upon with Great Britain about the former British colony at the time of handing over of Hong Kong to China that entitle Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.
Hong Kong’s chief executive officer, Carrie Lam, also attended the Tiananmen parade and 10 Hong Kong police officers, who were involved in suppressing the Hong Kong protests, were also present in the ceremony.
While mainland China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic Of China (PRC), it was reported that violent protests broke out in many parts of Hong Kong that involved hurling of bricks, petrol bombs, acid bombs and sticks to the police officers by the protesters. The Hong Police is said to have reciprocated through the use of water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds.
MTR corporation, government offices as well as shops that are supposedly ‘Beijing friendly’ weren’t spared but met with vandalism on National Day. While the rest of China celebrated the ‘resurgence of the dragon’ after a ‘century of humiliation, China’s most celebrated financial centre, Hong Kong, was marred in violence and choked in smoke.