Hong Kong violence gets worse and China tells U.S. not to interfere

Hong Kong violence gets worse and China tells U.S. not to interfere

November 14, 2019 23 By Stanley Isaacs


Hong Kong this week is seeing the worst clashes
between protesters and police in the past five months. And China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday
denounced a U.S. senator for saying he wants to push forward a bill supporting the pro-democracy
protests in Hong Kong. Our Eum Ji-young has more. Protesters crippled Hong Kong for the third
straight day on Wednesday as they blocked roads and train services, forcing businesses
to close. Police rained down teargas and rubber bullets
on students and protesters, who fought back with molotov cocktails and fiery arrows dipped
in petrol. Hundreds of students have fled after days
of violence on several university campuses. Demonstrators braced for more clashes, some
armed with javelins, bows and arrows. The demonstrators put up barricades and used
bricks and projectiles to block roads in several places, including in the central financial
district and Mong Kok. Some protesters gathered at the Cross-Harbour
Tunnel tollbooths, setting them on fire and vandalizing them. Near a subway station, a 70-year-old resident
was hit in the head by a brick-shaped object thrown by protesters and is in critical condition
according to local media. As more disruption is expected on Thursday,
Hong Kong’s subway operator suspended parts of its rail network and the Cross-Harbour
tunnel was blocked. The government ordered the suspension of schools
from kindergartens to colleges on Thursday for the first time as clashes turned increasingly
violent. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Jim Risch said he
supports the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and said he wants to push forward a bill
supporting the protests. This drew an angry response from China on
Wednesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng
Shuang criticized the senator by saying that “Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong” and no external
forces should interfere China’s internal affairs. Eum Ji-young Arirang News.