Hong Kong witnesses Heavy protests on Christmas Eve

Protesters in Hong Kong called for a series of protests over the Christmas period, and on Christmas Eve thousands came out on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok one of the busiest shopping areas.

Crux of the Matter
  • Hong Kong riot police fired teargas at thousands of anti-government protesters to disperse them and clear the traffic.
  • Demonstrators inside the malls threw umbrellas and other objects at police.
  • The traffic was blocked outside the malls and luxury hotels like the Peninsula, in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of Kowloon.
  • There was a heavy police presence into the night with hundreds of officers standing guard on the roads as thousands of Christmas shoppers and tourists, some wearing Santa hats, looked on.
  • About 100 protesters vandalised a Starbucks in Mira Place mall. Police also reported that a bank was also vandalised and set on fire.
  • Protests started in June against a draft bill that allowed extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is a bicameral and bipartisan American legislation that reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in light of the 2019 Hong Kong extradition bill proposal and the ensuing protests against it. The act “directs various departments to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify changing Hong Kong’s unique treatment under U.S. law.” Read More