Hong Kong demo against claims of police brutality
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(27 Sep 2019) Rallies in Hong Kong continued on Friday a day after the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced an antagonistic audience at a town hall session.
Protesters lit up the exterior of the City Hall with lasers pointers as they chanted slogans.
Laser pointers have been used by protesters in a bid to damage police cameras to hamper surveillance efforts.
Protesters also held up their five fingers, symbolising their five demands, including an independent inquiry into accusations of police brutality.
The protests began in June in opposition to a proposed law that would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent for trial on the mainland.
But have since widened into an anti-China protest spurred by widespread concern that Beijing has been eroding the autonomy Hong Kong was promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
During the town hall, Lam vowed to work to regain public trust and shouldered the responsibility for causing political havoc with the extradition bill.
Yet she offered no concrete actions, apart from promises to listen and address deep-seated societal woes such as a lack of affordable housing that the government believes has contributed to the protests.
Analysts said Lam’s hope of using the community engagement to buy some goodwill that will diffuse tensions ahead of rallies planned this weekend in the lead-up to Oct. 1 celebrations of China’s National Day was unlikely to succeed.
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