September 21, 2020

Journalists demonstrate in Hong Kong against police action

Hundreds of journalists went to the streets in Hong Kong today to protest against police action against reporters during the wave of protests that the city is experiencing and that affects various sectors.

About 1,000 journalists and supporters held a silent march that passed in front of the headquarters of the Hong Kong Police under the theme "Stop police violence and defend press freedom."

The peaceful demonstration was in response to what media workers consider "abuses of power," and "obstruction and assault on journalists by police officers" that they have experienced in covering protests against the government in recent weeks.

The march was organized by the Association of Journalists of Hong Kong (HKJA) and ended with the reading of a statement by its president, Chris Yeung, which states that during the protests "journalists were unjustifiably dispersed, pushed, insulted verbally and even beaten with sticks and shot with rubber bullets by the agents ".

According to photographer Chan Long-hei, the police "have hampered our work in each and every protest, they point us with a powerful flashlight, which makes it difficult for us to take pictures, they push us with their shields and, serious of everything, they mark an area far from the place where an action of journalistic interest takes place and we are confined within it ".

Since June, the HKJA has received 29 complaints from journalists for alleged abuse of force by agents and obstruction of their work.

During the last month, protests have become increasingly frequent in the former British colony since a million people took to the streets on June 9 to protest the controversial extradition project, which would have allowed individuals to be moved to the Mainland China to be tried in the courts controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.

The protests saw moments of maximum tension when hundreds of young protesters assaulted and destroyed the city's parliament, events that went around the world and attracted the attention of the international community.

On July 9, the head of the city government, Carrie Lam, declared the "death" of the law, a situation that has not managed to calm the inhabitants of the former British colony.

Many citizens of Hong Kong feel angry about various problems that are usually related to the growing intervention of China in the semi-autonomous city, so, given the sense of solidarity aroused in the protests, they have decided that it is time to highlight their concerns and organize more marches.

Last Sunday, approximately 10,000 people took to the streets to protest against the "singing aunts", mostly ladies from mainland China who, according to the protesters, have been a public nuisance for their songs and dances in parks and neighborhood communities .

This Saturday, about 20,000 people gathered in a city near the Chinese border in protest of mainland merchants who flood the area, collect goods and resell them in mainland China.

And the march of journalists was not the only one held today in the city as this afternoon some 100,000 people gathered to demand a set of public demands, in a march that has so far recorded some minor incidents.

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