Pro-democracy group Occupy Central clash against police in HK
Filipinos in the area were advised to be extra cautious
Various news agencies are reporting on a standoff between Hong Kong police officers and members of pro-democracy group Occupy Central.
According to the Philippine Star, the crowd swelled late Saturday night with activists gathering at Hong Kong’s financial district. The protesters have grown in number since then and by Monday were accused of civil disobedience. Meanwhile, the police were called out for using excessive violence after media footage revealed they were using pepper spray, tear gas, batons, and rubber bullets.
The unrest has been brewing since 2007, when Hong Kong was supposed to have its first democratic election since it was returned to China in 1997. Earlier this summer, China decided that it will still select the candidates for the elections in 2017, eliciting more outrage from citizens. (Read the full story in NYMag.com.)
Aside from this, TIME Magazine also reported that the issue is beyond political. Hong Kong locals are also protesting the ridiculously high prices of real estate properties and government policies that are "rigged to favor the elite, especially wealthy property developers."
Various photos of the protest have circulated online, showing police grabbing young activists and using pepper spray directly on their face. The images also show people in protest gear, such as goggles, gloves, face masks, and plastic ponchos.
This story is still developing and the information for this Feed was taken from the Philippine Star, New York Magazine, and TIME Magazine. Thumbnail photo is screencapped from CNN.