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Hong Kong: Sunday's protest 'generally peaceful' despite 42 arrests - police

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
December 09, 2019 at 18:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sunday's pro-democracy demonstration was labelled "generally peaceful" by Hong Kong Police Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-Chuen, at a press conference in the city on Monday, despite 42 arrests for an array of crimes, including possession of unlicensed firearms and offensive weapons.

Ka-Chuen said that protesters "vandalised shops and set fire to court buildings," adding that "no excuses can justify these acts of violence against our own community."

Sunday's march was the first event organised by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) to be authorised by the police since mid-August.

The protesters flooded the streets near Victoria Park while marching and chanting as riot police looked on. The march marked almost six months to the day of the June anti-government protests, the starting point of the movement.

The initial protests were sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill but have since evolved into a wider movement against the government, marked by violent clashes between protesters and the authorities.

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Sunday's pro-democracy demonstration was labelled "generally peaceful" by Hong Kong Police Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-Chuen, at a press conference in the city on Monday, despite 42 arrests for an array of crimes, including possession of unlicensed firearms and offensive weapons.

Ka-Chuen said that protesters "vandalised shops and set fire to court buildings," adding that "no excuses can justify these acts of violence against our own community."

Sunday's march was the first event organised by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) to be authorised by the police since mid-August.

The protesters flooded the streets near Victoria Park while marching and chanting as riot police looked on. The march marked almost six months to the day of the June anti-government protests, the starting point of the movement.

The initial protests were sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill but have since evolved into a wider movement against the government, marked by violent clashes between protesters and the authorities.

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