Hong Kong, AUg 25: A Hong Kong police officer fired one gunshot during protests on Sunday, the first time a live round has been used since demonstration started in June.
Violent clashes broke out between protesters and police in Tsuen Wan, around 10 kilometres (six miles) from central Hong Kong, after a rally at a nearby sports stadium attracted thousands of people.
Initially the demonstrations were against a extradition bill to China but now has turned into anti government protests and termed as pro-democracy movement targeting the pro-Beijing government.The bill has now been shelved.Extradition bill would have enabled crime suspects to be extradited from Hong Kong to mainland China, a move which was seen by dissidents as the end of the judicial freedom enjoyed by the city.
Hong Kong police also used water cannon for the first time Sunday.
At least 29 people have been arrested for participating in a pro-democracy protest march in Hong Kong which led to violent clashes between police and the demonstrators, authorities said on Sunday.
They have been accused of offences including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers, according to the police statement.
“Some radical protesters deviated from the original route and obstructed roads, damaging lamp-posts and assaulting police officers. Police strongly condemn the protesters’ behaviuors,” the police said in a statement.
The detainees include Venus Lau – one of the organizers of the march that had the permission from the police,
Venus was arrested on charges of unlawful assembly, her lawyer told Efe news.
The police alleged that a group of protesters set up barricades to stop traffic and “used electric saws to damage a number of smart lamp-posts on Sheung Yuet Road, posing serious threat to the safety of people at scene and road users”.
“Protesters also hurled hard objects and petrol bombs at police officers, causing damage to police vehicles and leg injuries to a reporter,” the statement added.