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Hong Kong Boogaloo Is Back On

Hong Kong police fired tear gas after protesters gathered in Causeway Bay to rally against the looming national security law announced earlier this week by Beijing.

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Photo: Tam Ming Keung/United Social Press.

Thousands of demonstrators convened at SOGO department store in Causeway Bay at around 1pm on Sunday and began marching to Wan Chai’s Southorn Playground.

Causeway Bay prtotest May 24 national security
Photo: Benjamin Yuen, Cezzna, Jimmy Lam/United Social Press.

In response, police fired tear gas at the crossroads of Hennessy Road and Percival Street, and near the Hysan Place mall.

It was the largest protests since the Covid-19 outbreak, despite social distancing rules – limiting groups to eight people – remaining in place.

tear gas causeway bay may 24 2020
Photo: Kero/United Social Press.

Demonstrators chanted “Free Hong Kong,” and “Hong Kong independence is the only way out,” during the largest march since the Covid-19 outbreak.

blue flag causeway bay may 24 2020
Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.

Such slogans could become illegal when the national security law – which is likely to target secession, subversion, and terrorism – kicks in.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Riot police earlier raised blue banners calling on protesters to disperse after arresting People Power Vice-chair Tam Tak-chi.

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Photo: Rachel Wong/HKFP.

Masked protesters smashed the windows of fashion boutique A Bathing Ape – belonging to Hong Kong conglomerate I.T, whose owner is accused of being pro-Beijing. Demonstrators pulled mannequins out from its window display, using them as makeshift roadblocks.

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Photo: Studio Incendo.

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