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Hong Kong police fight with protesters amid rising tensions Updated: 2019-07-15 09:07:43 KST

Protesters in Hong Kong are now demanding an investigation into police violence they say has occured during their demonstrations and calling for the resignation of the city's chief executive Carrie Lam.
A large crowd, around 110-thousand according to the organizers, assembled on Sunday near Hong Kong's Sha Tin district.
The protest was peaceful at first but turned violent when police started dispersing protesters after nightfall.
The protesters were chased by riot police in a shopping mall, where they attacked the police with umbrellas and plastic bottles to which the police responded by firing pepper spray and starting to arrest people.
The protests have gone on for over a month now.
They were sparked by a proposed law that would allow Hong Kong people to be extradited to mainland China, which they feared would enable the authorities to take people for political reasons and undermine Hong Kong's semi-autonomous legal system.
But the focus has shifted to Lam's resignation, claiming she failed to address the needs of the people and to complaints that police assaulted participants in earlier demonstrations.

"We are fighting for democracy. Human rights And, and freedom. Yes. We cannot accept any more. The Hong Kong police (does) not work for Hong Kong people any more. They are (working) for China. No, we cannot accept that. We need to be different."

"Carrie Lam has been hiding. She has made many promises but she has not been able to fulfill them. There is no sign she is going to fulfill them."

There were also protests by a group representing Hong Kong journalists, claiming the police have targeted reporters with excessive force.
In response, the police said they respect press freedom and their right to report and will train police officers to understand the work of the media.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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