Riot Police Deploy Tear Gas

Jul 2, 2020

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On the afternoon of 1 July 2020, riot police in Hong Kong deployed tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and a water cannon to disperse demonstrators gathered in Admiralty, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and elsewhere in the city to protest the recent passage of a controversial national security law. Protesters gathered despite the coronavirus-related ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people as well as the government’s refusal to pre-authorize demonstrations, as some protest actions are now illegal under the new security law. Protesters briefly blocked all lanes of Hennessy Road, a major thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island. Total injuries remain unknown, but at least one police officer was stabbed, although authorities stated that his injuries were not life-threatening. Authorities detained at least 300 people for participating in the rally, nine were arrested under the provisions of the new law. The demonstrations largely concluded by the evening hours. However, police officers remain deployed in large numbers conducting stop and search operations in the city, including at Times Square shopping center.

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