Hong Kong Police Strongly Condemn Violence Over Weekend

Rioters throw petrol bombs near Tsim Sha Tsui police station in Kowloon, Hong Kong, on Oct. 20, 2019. (Xinhua)

Violence broke out again in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon as rioters set up barricades, committed arson and vandalism to private and public properties, and threw fire bombs at MTR stations and police stations.

Hong Kong police used a water cannon vehicle, tear gas, rubber bullets and 40mm react rounds, among others, to deter the increasingly intensified violence.

HONG KONG, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong police on Monday strongly condemned the unlawful and violent protests staged Sunday in Kowloon amid the months-long unrest that has plunged Hong Kong into chaos.

Not long after the unauthorized demonstration began around 1:30 p.m. local time in Tsim Sha Tsui despite police's objection, rioters used miscellaneous objects to set up barricades, committed arson and vandalism, wrecking private and public properties.

Some even prized up metal gates of restaurants and bank outlets and vandalized and set fire therein. "Such acts completely disregard law," the police said in a statement.

The violent thugs also hurled scores of fire bombs at mass transit railway (MTR) stations and police stations, and set ablaze road blocks erected by them. The rioters' acts of arson "seriously threatened the safety of everyone at the scene, posing danger to members of the public in the vicinity, as fire might spread to residence nearby," the police said.

A Bank of China branch in Kowloon, Hong Kong is vandalized by rioters on Oct. 20, 2019. (Xinhua)

The police said they used tear gas, rubber bullets and 40mm react rounds, among others, to deter the increasingly intensified violence. A water cannon vehicle was deployed in the afternoon to disperse the rioters.

In the dispersal operation, the water cannon vehicle accidentally sprayed colored water onto the front gate of the Kowloon Mosque. The police said they immediately contacted the persons in charge to clarify the situation, adding that they "respect religious freedom and will strive to protect all places of worship."

Meanwhile, the police said they found several suspected objects during Sunday's violent protests. The explosive disposal team safely handled a suspected bomb near Tong Mi Road and Lai Chi Kok Road and no one was injured.

"No violent behavior will be tolerated," the police reiterated, saying they will take resolute enforcement actions to maintain public order and bring all lawbreakers to justice.