Chinese state media issues dire warning as Hong Kong protests take dark turn


A protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13.

Pro-democracy protesters walk by a vandalized Starbucks cafe on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 13.

A fire is seen at a MTR station during a demonstration at Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.

Students attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12.

Office workers join pro-democracy protesters during a demonstration in central Hong Kong on November 12.

Police fire tear gas toward protesters at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12.

A man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12.

Students block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12.

A protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11.

People react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong’s Central District on November 11.

Protesters use a catapult against police during a protest in Hong Kong’s Central District on November 11.

Riot police stand off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10.

Protesters use umbrellas to block the door of a shopping mall on November 10. Protesters smashed windows in a subway station and a shopping mall Sunday and police made arrests in areas across Hong Kong.

A man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10.

Protestors set up barricades in Tseung Kwan O after a ceremony paying tribute to Chow Tsz-lok, on November 08.

A person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok, on November 8.

Students in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong.

Firefighters stand outside the offices of China’s Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory.

Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2.

Thousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong’s central shopping district for another rally on November 2.

A woman in a Halloween costume talks to a police officer in riot gear on October 31.

A man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31.

A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police in Mong Kok district on October 27 in Hong Kong.

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (2nd L) and Kelvin Lam (2nd R) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election. Wong was barred on October 29 from standing in an upcoming local election, after months of huge and frequently violent protests in the city.

A protestor throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong.

A couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26.

Protesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27.

Tear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27.

Pro-democracy supporters hold large size letter lights which read “Free Hong Kong” during an assembly of medical professionals in Central district in Hong Kong on October 26.

High school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25.

Pro-democracy activist and South Horizons community organizer Joshua Wong answers questions from media after requesting to meet returning officer Dorothy Ma at the Southern district office in Hong Kong on October 24.

Police fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.

Protesters set fire to a shop on October 20.

Police charge during a pro-democracy march in the Kowloon district on October 20.

A protester sets fire to a Bank of China branch on October 20.

A pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20.

Lam arrives at the Legislative Council on October 16.

A protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15.

Protesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Protesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong’s business district.

A protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13.

Anti-government protesters set up “The Lady Liberty of Hong Kong” statue, which symbolizes the city’s recent democratic movement. The figure stands a little over 13 feet tall and was carried in pieces to the top of Lion Rock, one of Hong Kong’s iconic peaks.

Protesters vandalize a shopping mall restaurant on October 13.

Police shine lights at protesters outside the Ma On Shan police station on October 9.

Protesters smash up a Bank of China branch on Monday, October 7.

A woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7.

Police clear a street as protesters and pedestrians gathered near the Mong Kok police station on October 7.

Pro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7.

A masked protester stops for a portrait in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 6.

Protesters vandalize the Cheung Sha Wan local government offices on October 6.

Rescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6.

A China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6.

Pro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area.

People protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5.

Police detain a protester on October 5.

An anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4.

Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4.

Protesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank.

Police deploy tear gas outside a restaurant during a protest in the Causeway Bay district.

Protesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4.

A fire is seen in front of a store vandalized by protesters.

A store after being vandalized by protesters.

Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4.

Protesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2.

A young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong.

Police detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies.

Protesters stand surrounded by smoke from tear gas shells on October 1.

Marching anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled-off posters on October 1.

Police tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1.

Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong’s Admiralty area on October 1.

Pro-democracy protesters form a “Pepe the Frog” themed human chain on Monday, September 30.

A man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29.

Riot police try to disperse protesters on September 29.

Bus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22.

Pro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22.

An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a demonstration near the Central Government Complex on Sunday, September 15.

A pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15.

Pro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to “Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong.”

Demonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13.

Police escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6.

Protesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters.

Protesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6.

A protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5.

A man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4.

A woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier.

Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3.

Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads “five major demands are indispensable” at St. Francis’ Canossian College in Hong Kong.

Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport.

A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.

A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.

Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.

Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.

Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.

A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.

An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.

Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.

A police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25.

Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.

Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.

Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.

Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.

People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.

Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.

Protesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18.

Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.

A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.

Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.

Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.

Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.

Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong’s Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being “seriously disrupted.”

A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.

A display board shows canceled flights on August 13.

Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.

Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.

A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.

Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.

A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong’s morning rush-hour commute.

A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.

A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.

A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.

A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.

A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.

Members of Hong Kong’s medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.

The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.

A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.

A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.

Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong’s international airport on Friday, July 26.

Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.

Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.

The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district.

Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13.

A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.

The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.

A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.

Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.

Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.

A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.

A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word “revolution” walks past an inscription on a road that reads “Long Live HK.”

Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.

An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.

Protesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12.

Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.

By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.

A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.

Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.

Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Sunday, June 9.

Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white — the designated color of the rally. “Hong Kong, never give up!” some chanted.

Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.


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