- Title: Hong Kong protesters burn joss paper outside police building
- Date: 9th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 9, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS RUNNING BACK AND FORTH FROM POLICE LINE, SOME PROTESTERS APPEARING TO RUN LIKE ANIME CHARACTER NARUTO POLICE OFFICERS IN RIOT GEAR STANDING BEHIND SHIELDS POLICE FLASHING LIGHT AT PROTESTERS PROTESTERS STANDING AND SHOUTING TOWARDS POLICE OFFICES HAND LIGHTING CANDLES STUCK IN ORANGES AT GATE OF BUILDING PROTESTER PRAYING AT GATE AND WALKING AWAY PROTESTERS THROWING JOSS PAPER IN AIR WHILE WALKING PROTESTERS THROWING JOSS PAPER INTO POLICE DISCIPLINED SERVICES QUARTER POLICE OFFICERS STANDING BY PROTESTERS THROWING JOSS PAPER OVER FENCE AND BARRICADE TO POLICE BUILDING PROTESTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS AT STAND OFF AT ROAD JUNCTION / PROTESTERS SHINING LASER BEAMS AT OFFICERS VARIOUS OF LASERS BEING DIRECTED AT CCTV CAMERA ON BUILDING IN POLICE DISCIPLINED SERVICES QUARTER PROTESTERS BURNING JOSS PAPER IN RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY FIRES BURNING INSIDE TINS JOSS PAPER BEING BURNED AND TOSS IN BIN PROTESTER SITTING AND BURNING JOSS PAPER JOSS PAPER BEING BURNED (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG PROTESTER, HO (SURNAME ONLY - NO FIRST NAME GIVEN), SAYING: "I personally think it's a special resistance. I think it's the same as looking at the stars in the space museum because they don't care if we have peaceful demand or demand violently. At the same time, this will ease the neighbour's tension of the past few days. I think it's very meaningful, firstly we are burning this to the former warriors, secondly, it's a sarcastic take on society and burning money to those high ranking officials." VARIOUS PROTESTERS STANDING AROUND METAL DRUM WITH FIRE AND BURNING JOSS PAPER (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG PROTESTER, HO (SURNAME ONLY - NO FIRST NAME GIVEN), SAYING: "That can be both ways, because those warriors in the past gave their lives for this movement so they deserve this money. On the other hand, I'm not being too mean, some people think the burning money is symbol for Carrie Lam to go to hell. And I think this is a good way of resistance too." INCENSE CANDLES BURNING MAN LOOKING ON HANDS LIGHTING INCENSE AND CANDLES PROTESTER PRAYING IN FRONT OF INCENSE CANDLES BURNING (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG PROTESTER, CHEN (SURNAME ONLY - NO FIRST NAME GIVEN), SAYING: "The government didn't want to compromise, they always didn't want to. And they are becoming tougher and tougher, so the citizens can't voice their demands or they have no way to communicate with the government. Now comes the violence. But the government uses more violent ways to fight back or to protect its regime, then this becomes a big deal. If they use violence then the violence from both sides will escalate. This will never end. Yes." PROTESTERS BURNING JOSS PAPER IN TIN CANS
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2019 19:07
- Keywords: Hong Kong China protesters religious vigil police protest extradition bill
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001ARHVVWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters held a religious vigil on Friday (August 9) night near the Wong Tai Sin Disciplined Services Quarters, where police families live, burning joss paper and money for the 'hungry ghost' in a satirical protest against authorities.
People who joined the ceremony said it was held as a creative way to 'voice their demands' and show displeasure to the government in a sarcastic way by burning joss paper and making offerings to the authorities. The ritual is normally held to pray for late ancestors and the dead.
A few moments of tension between protesters and police erupted near the ceremony, where demonstrators appeared to run towards the officers like the anime character 'Naruto'.
Hong Kong has been embroiled in increasingly violent anti-government street protests for the past two months, which a top Chinese official described this week as the greatest crisis since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
What started as an angry response to a now-suspended measure for criminal suspects to be extradited for trial in China has rapidly broadened to encompass calls for more democracy, the resignation of the city's leader Carrie Lam, and even keeping out mainland tourists.
(Production: Thomas Suen, Juarawee Kittisilpa)
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