Hong Kong general strike: clashes between police and protesters

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Police confirmed there had been more than 500 arrests since protests began in June

Tens of thousands of people protested on the streets of Hong Kong for the fifth consecutive day of demonstrations.

The police have so far arrested more than 80 people during the seven simultaneous protests of Hong Kong’s first general strike over the past 50 years.

The last general strike, ironically, was triggered by a union allied with the Chinese communist party in 1967, when China was under the leadership of Mao Zedong.

The strike was also followed by a series of terrorist attacks that killed 51 people.

The consequences of the general strike were also felt at Hong Kong international airport, with the cancellation of over 100 flights.

The protests were organized simultaneously in seven districts: Admiralty, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Tseun Wan, Wong Tai Sin, Mong Kok, and Tai Po.

Tear gases have been used in at least 5 different locations. The police shot at demonstrators at eye level. Rubber bullets were also used.

Governor Carrie Lam said during a press conference that she will not resign.

According to a South China Morning Post report, a journalist was arrested. Another was hit in the face by a tear gas canister.

Meanwhile, images of gatherings of law enforcement agencies unprecedented for the former British colony emerge.

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