‘Peaceful’ rally turns ugly
Well-organized radicals destroy future of Hong Kong
Chinese society strongly condemned the radical acts of rioters on Sunday as they intended to storm the liaison office of the central government in Hong Kong and defaced the national emblem of China, and the Hong Kong chief vowed to chase down the criminals.
Using the peaceful rally as a front, radical protesters in Hong Kong were well prepared to turn a “peaceful” protest into a riot on Sunday.
This was not the first time that a group of radical protesters, who are usually in the pro-west anti-government camp, hid behind peaceful protesters and carefully plotted riots that led to clashes between the police and the public.
The demonstration began with a peaceful rally in Victoria Park at Causeway Bay on Sunday afternoon and then they marched toward the Southern Playground at Wan Chai, which was a route permitted by the police for protest.
Along the route, the Global Times reporter saw different supply-distribution spots where participants gave out supplies such as drinks, helmets and masks to the so-called “bravest protesters.”
Before the rally, protesters brought alpenstocks as their steel frame is more solid than the umbrellas and are easy to carry and pass through police checks.
The Global Times reporters found out Sunday that slogans such as “Final Battle” and “Blood Battle” were not just slogans, as peaceful rallies turned into violence at night. As the sun went down, the violence began. It is a strategy that opposition groups have repeatedly used to escalate social tensions.
Around 7 pm, a group of protesters arrived at the liaison office and flashed laser lights at the office employees, threw eggs and defaced the national