Hong Kong riot continues; 4 Yuen Long stand-offs between protesters, police ongoing

Currently, there are at least four different ongoing stand-offs in Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong between police and demonstrators. The locations are only less than a kilometer from each other.

Over 3,000 police officers are being deployed to maintain order in Yuen Long while tens of thousands of demonstrators are on the streets to continue to ask the government to fully withdraw the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, which has been suspended.

First proposed by Secretary for Security John Lee in February 2019, the Hong Kong extradition bill to establish a mechanism for transfers of fugitives for Mainland China and Macau. The existing laws cover only for Taiwan.

On June 9, 2019, more than 1 million demonstrators marched in the streets asking Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam to step down. Subsequently, she announced on June 15, 2019 that she would suspend the proposed Hong Kong extradition bill indefinitely.

On June 16, 2019, the number of demonstrators grew to almost 2 million as they continue to call for the full withdrawal of the proposed bill. On July 9, 2019, Lam announced that she has stopped the amendment process although the bill has yet to be formally withdrawn.

On July 21, 2019, around 100 armed men dressed in white attacked pro-democracy activists, lawmakers, journalists and civilians on the streets and passengers in the railway station in Yuen Long, which is an area concentrated with triads. At least 45 people were injured including a pregnant woman.

The pro-democracy activists were easily recognized because they were wearing black shirts. Their attackers included residents from villages near Yuen Long and members of the 14K and Wo Shing Wo triad gangs, Asia News quoted the police as saying.

Responding to the recent violence in Yuen Long, protesters took to the streets again and at around 6:00 p.m. of July 27, 2019, there were multiple stand-offs in the district. Among the locations were Lok Road near Tai Cheung Street, Kai Hui Road near Long Yat Road, Po Yip Street near Long Yip Street and Castle Peak Road near Hi Lee Path and Yuen Fai Path.

Legislators promoting democracy were seen trying to negotiate with the police. Among them were Ngok Kiu and Alvin Yeung, according to the South China Morning Post.

Protesters were seen attacking the police by throwing umbrellas and bricks to the officers and tear gas was fired on Po Yip Street. Here is a clip:

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