The Hong Kong government has warned protesters today could push the city into a “very dangerous situation” after another weekend of demonstrations paralyzed traffic and transformed an iconic shopping district into a battleground.
Protesters swarmed the streets of Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island on Sunday night, blocking key roads in the ninth consecutive weekend of political unrest. Police fired a barrage of tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowds.
Causeway Bay is a retail hub and consumer, home to a large number of shopping malls, high-end department stores and luxury boutiques.
Earlier, in a separate demonstration in the eastern New Territories, a group of protesters gathered around a police station, throwing objects and breaking windows.
The government on Sunday night condemned the unrest, saying in a statement that “blatant violation of law, wanton destruction of public peace and violent attacks on the police will harm Hong Kong’s society, economy and our people’s livelihood.”
“Such acts have already gone far beyond the limits of peaceful and rational protests for which the government and general public will not condone under any circumstances,” the statement added. “Otherwise they will push Hong Kong into a very dangerous situation.”