- Title: Hong Kong resident look for a fresh start of 2020
- Date: 1st January 2020
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (JANUARY 1, 2020) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC ON ROAD EXIT OF UNDERGROUND VANDALISED TRAFFIC LIGHTS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) A 26-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, ERIC, SAYING: "I think we want the situation here to be like going to a better place rather than the last six months. I hope the government will listen to what people are actually demanding rather than what they think. We think we all need a fresh start and a better future for Hong Kong, not only the people in Hong Kong but the people worldwide and also China I think." VARIOUS OF POLICE VAN PARKED ON ROAD POLICE OFFICE INSIDE VAN (SOUNDBITE) (English) A 35-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, SURNAMED CHAN, SAYING: "I want to keep Hong Kong maintaining the international status, in financial and economy. So I want to be peaceful to return to the past because there are a lot of violence coming from Hong Kong police." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET VARIOUS OF HONG KONG SKYLINE AT VICTORIA HARBOUR
- Embargoed: 15th January 2020 04:42
- Keywords: Hong Kong New Year wishes clahes damage political unrest pro-democracy march protests residents vandalism
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUCASSN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong woke up to the New Year on Wednesday (January 1) after clashes and scuffles in Mong Kok on New Year's Eve where riot police had fired rounds of tear gas at thousands of protesters.
Protesters briefly blocked Nathan Road, a key artery leading through Kowloon to the harbour on New Year's eve, after forming human chains across the Chinese-ruled city and marching through shopping malls, urging people not to give up the fight for democracy in 2020. Riot police later fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowds at Mong Kok.
The protests began in June 2019 in response to a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, and have now evolved into a broader pro-democracy movement.
Speaking to Reuters, some Hong Kong residents have expressed a desire for peace to return to the city after more than half a year of violence and unrest.
Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters are expected to join a New Year's Day march on Wednesday as anti-government demonstrations that have embroiled the Chinese-ruled city for over half a year, spill into 2020.
(Production: Xihao Jiang)
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