Global Panic of August 2014’s Hong Kong Pepper Spray ExtravaganzaPosted: August 31, 2014
“The police started using pepper spray on us without any warning. We are here to protest in a peaceful manner.”
— Kit, a social worker and activist
HONG KONG—Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong Monday said police used pepper spray against demonstrators outside a news conference given by a top Chinese official on Beijing‘s decision on how the city should elect its leader.
“Since the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country are at stake, there is a need to proceed in a prudent and steady manner.”
— From Beijing’s ruling Sunday
Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, gave a briefing at the AsiaWorld-Expo, near Hong Kong’s airport, to explain the decision to chaotic scenes of protests both inside and outside the venue.
Outside, a 21-year-old social worker identifying himself only as Kit said he and four others in his group of activist were pepper-sprayed by police.
“The police started using pepper spray on us without any warning. We are here to protest in a peaceful manner,” he said. Police authorities declined to comment. One police officer on the scene nodded when asked if protesters had been sprayed, but didn’t elaborate.
On Sunday, China’s government ruled that candidates for Hong Kong’s top leadership post must be approved by a committee heavily loyal to Beijing, providing a clear demarcation of how far it will allow democracy to proceed in the territory.
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