Hong Kong demonstrators are becoming increasingly willing to clash with policemen as the fourth week of protests had arrived despite talks between the demonstrators and the Hong Kong government approaching.
Around 22 policemen and dozens of protesters were injured in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district. Four people were arrested, including one 23-year old accused of instigating protests in Mong Kok through the use of the internet.
The area was cleared on Monday, with a few protesters remaining in different protest locations.
According to political analysts, Hong Kong’s plight is one of the worst political crises it ever had since the 1997 British Handover of the country to Mainland China.
Meanwhile, protesters admit that they are not too hopeful about having any resolution regarding the situation as the demonstrators and Hong Kong government are poles apart on resolving the matter. According to Hong Kong Institute of Education Professor Sonny Lo, “Unless there is some kind of breakthrough in… talks on Tuesday, I’m worried we will see the standoff worsen and get violent.”
He fears that Hong Kong may be entering a new and much more problematic political stage because of the possible future difficult the situation presents.
Hong Kong student protesters first defied China, who were screening candidates for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive elections in a few years. The televised tear gas containment attempt of the local police had urged many to join the protests.