Hong Kong: Scuffles broke out between anti-government protesters and pro-Beijing groups in different parts of Hong Kong on Saturday as the city entered its 15th week of protests. Riot police were called to the residential area of Kowloon Bay where rival groups confronted each other in a shopping centre.
A local resident told journalists his son, who was not wearing black - the trademark colour of young protesters in the ongoing anti-government protest movement - was arrested for no apparent reason, Efe news reported. In the suburbs of Tin Shui Wai, near the border with mainland China, hundreds of demonstrators defied a police ban and took to the streets. Some waved American flags calling for the US to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — a congressional bill proposed by some US lawmakers. If passed, Washington would have to annually certify that Hong Kong remains autonomous from mainland China. Any Chinese officials found violating Hongkongers’ human rights and freedoms could have their assets in the US frozen and be denied entry to the country.’’ (IANS)