Hong Kong street vendors beat the cops: dozens injured

On the night of Tuesday, February 9th, in Hong Kong, dozens of people were injured in the violence in the densely populated Mongkok district on the Kowloon Peninsula, according to Reuters. The conflict arose between the representatives of the Department of food and environmental hygiene and the illegal hawkers, reports NEWSru.com.

For traffickers, according to authorities, stood up and passers-by «radical elements» who began to throw at police flower pots, bricks, glass bottles and burning objects. In response, the police was forced to open warning fire. To disperse the crowd used tear gas and batons.

The representative of Hong Kong police said that as a result of clashes injured police officers 48. Local television showed how lying on the ground servants of the law were beaten with sticks. 24 participants of the riots were detained. According to The South China Morning Post, among the detainees — a woman.

The publication also reports of four affected the journalists covering the events. Morning nearest to the scene subway station was closed.

The Hong Kong authorities consider the incident as an act of civil disobedience, not just a clash between illegal vendors and police. Among the detainees, according to some, — the candidate of legislative Council elections which will take place in three weeks.

The riots began on the first day of the Chinese New year. The Hong Kong authorities urged residents and tourists to refuse to visit Mongkok.

It is worth noting that in 2014 there have already been a number of clashes between demonstrators and police during Pro-democracy Occupy Central campaign.

Hong Kong street vendors beat the cops: dozens injured 09.02.2016

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