HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s protesters tried on Wednesday to maintain a united front and take stock of the movement’s gains and losses, as the police said they had arrested 12 people involved in clashes near the city’s legislature Monday.
Once dubbed "Asia's Finest", Hong Kong's police are fighting allegations of using excessive violence against protesters, their headquarters besieged twice in the last week as calls for an independent inquiry into their tactics swell.
The British government will cease to issue any export licenses for crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police for concerns of human rights violation. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, echoed by many others in Hong Kong, including the Progressive Lawyer Group, Chan Man-mun S.C. and former Chief Secretary Anson Chan, urges for a independent investigation panel to be set up to investigate whether the use of force on June 12 was consistent with guidelines.
In early June, Ivan Ip, 22, joined a public chat group on Telegram called “Parade 69”, named for a mass demonstration planned in central Hong Kong to protest a bill allowing for the transfer of suspects from the city to China. According to Ip, an administrator of the group of more than 30,000 people, they discussed things like bringing sunscreen, water, and umbrellas to block the sun or rain.