- Title: Battered and bruised, Hong Kong cleans up for sensitive Chinese anniversary
- Date: 30th September 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS PROFANITY*** VARIOUS OF CARS DRIVING ON ROAD PREVIOUSLY BLOCKED DURING PROTESTS WITH GRAFFITI ON CONCRETE BARRIER PEOPLE WALKING PAST VANDALIZED SUSHI SHOP GRAFFITI VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CLEARING UP POSTERS GRAFFITI ON WALL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CLEARING POSTERS AND GLASS MAN CLEARING POSTER STUCK ON WALL PEOPLE WALKING ON SPRAY PAINTED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING POST-ITS STUCK ON ROAD SIGN (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 30-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT JERRY LUK, SAYING: "I supported this movement at the very beginning but then it became more and more excessive, and that has started to disturb people's daily life. (The protest) has made people not be able to go to work, the shops were closed. I think it's not necessary to reach a stage like this." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CLEANING UP OUTSIDE VANDALIZED STARBUCKS CAFE (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 30-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, WING, SAYING: "At the very beginning, protesters were very peaceful, but when the police started to use excessive violence, all the protesters started to behave more aggressively. Although radical action is seen as bad, it is what we need if we want to overthrow a regime, which will happen someday. " VARIOUS OF VANDALIZED MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT PERSON CLEANING GLASS OF MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT VARIOUS OF VANDALIZED BANK OF CHINA ATM VARIOUS OF SPRAY PAINTED SIGNS ON BUILDING, ONE OF THEM READING (English) "FREE HK"
- Embargoed: 14th October 2019 05:17
- Keywords: Hong Kong protests aftermath clean up China anniversary
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYUKSP3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong residents started clearing up glass and debris in downtown Hong Kong on Monday (September 30) after a weekend of violence between anti-government protesters and police.
Workers at a Starbucks outlet targeted by protesters were cleaning graffiti and peeling anti-China posters off the walls. Starbucks stores in Hong Kong are run by the Maxim's Group, which has drawn the ire of protesters after Annie Wu, the daughter of the founder, criticized the protests during an appearance at the United Nations earlier this month.
While some residents thought the violence on the part of protesters was "what we need", others thought it was "excessive." Protesters are angry about what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in their city's affairs despite a promise of autonomy when British rule ended in 1997.
The weekend marked the fifth anniversary of the start of the "Umbrella" protests - a series of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 that failed to wrestle concessions from Beijing.
(Production: Joyce Zhou, Yiming Woo)
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