Police fire tear gas at Hong Kong protesters on Christmas Eve


Hong Kong is preparing for demonstrations over the Christmas week. Players are rallying each other on the LIHKG online forum, encouraging each other to get the outfit and meat up to cause all kinds of trouble.

Police also charged through crowds of last-minute holiday shoppers and tourists in the glitzy Harbour City mall on the Tsimshatsui waterfront, where cruise ships dock, and through a shopping mall in the New Territories town of Yuen Long, prompting one man to fall one storey as he was being chased, local media reported. Police ordered people gathered on the scenic harbor front to leave, although many appeared to be just celebrating Christmas.

Police also announced they would be blocking key roads in Central and Causeway Bay districts ahead of planned protests on Christmas Eve. The malls have been regular protest sites in Hong Kong over the anti-government protests that have now gripped the city for more than six months.

A former British colony with a sizeable Christian population, Hong Kong is having a distinctly muted Christmas this year.

Among the demands being made by protesters is an inquiry into the police, an amnesty for those arrested and the right to elect Hong Kong's leader.

Allegedly, the protesters threw objects like umbrellas at the protesters who then responded by beating the demonstrators.

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Some demonstrators occupied the predominant roads and blocked web page web page visitors outside the division retail outlets and shut by luxurious motels in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of Kowloon. As Hong Kong is rocked by several months of pro-democracy unrest, Abe met with Xi in Beijing ahead of flying to the southwestern city of Chengdu to attend a trilateral meeting on December 24 which will be joined by South Korean President Moon Jai-in.

"I think basic freedom and independence should exist for all people, not just for Hong Kong", said a 41-year-old woman, who attended the protest with her husband.

The duration and intensity of the protests in Hong Kong have captured the attention and imagination of much of the world, and have proved to be a major embarrassment for the Chinese government.

Police have arrested more than 6,000 people since the protests escalated in June, including a large number during a protracted violent siege at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in November.

They are the firm dedication to "one country, two systems", confidence in the political system to never get perplexed by external interference, recognizing that "one country" is fundamental of "two systems", highlighting responsibilities that Macau SAR should shoulder in line with the national development plan, and strengthening social fundamentals of "one country, two systems".