The Scotsman

Hong Kong police grapple with demonstrat­ors

- By MARGARET NEIGHBOUR

Riot police in Hong Kong grappled with pro-democracy protesters who gathered in shopping malls to sing, chant slogans and flash hand signs after permission for a Mother’s Day march was denied.

The incident indicated a desire on the part of some in the pro-democracy camp to revive the protests against Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government that paralyzed parts of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for months last year.

With the coronaviru­s outbreak subsiding, more people in Hong Kong have responded to online calls for action, although in far smaller numbers than the hundreds of thousands who marched last year against proposed legislatio­n that could have seen dissidents or criminal suspects extradited to mainland China to face unfair trials and possible torture.

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