‘Peace­ful’ rally turns ugly

Well-or­ga­nized rad­i­cals de­stroy fu­ture of Hong Kong

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Fan Lingzhi, Yang Sheng in Hong Kong and Chen Qingqing in Bei­jing

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

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