The Philippine Star

hK pro­test­ers plan as­sem­blies in 18 dis­tricts

- Protests · Rioting · Social Issues · Society · Hong Kong · China · Sha Tin

HONG KONG (AP) — Black-clad pro­test­ers call­ing for po­lit­i­cal re­forms have started gath­er­ing in sev­eral Hong Kong dis­tricts.

The demon­stra­tors con­gre­gated yes­ter­day in shop­ping malls in Sha Tin and Tseun Wan hold­ing um­brel­las and wear­ing masks in de­fi­ance of a re­cently im­posed ban on face cov­er­ings.

They called on peo­ple to as­sem­ble si­mul­ta­ne­ously in 18 dif­fer­ent dis­tricts — an ap­par­ent ef­fort to di­vide up po­lice re­sources. Ba­ton-wield­ing riot po­lice stood on a foot bridge in Tai Po.

The semi-au­ton­o­mous Chi­nese city is in its fifth month of a move­ment that ini­tially be­gan in re­sponse to a now-with­drawn ex­tra­di­tion bill that would have al­lowed Hong Kong res­i­dents to be tried for crimes in main­land China.

The protests have since bal­looned to en­com­pass broader de­mands for elec­toral re­forms and an in­quiry into al­leged po­lice abuse.

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