The Hong Kong government is expected to announce a curfew over the weekend

Hong Kong is facing a huge political crisis because of the ongoing mass demonstrations. What started as a movement against an unacceptable extradition law has grown into something much bigger

The Hong Kong government is expected to announce a curfew over the weekend, Chinese state media reported in light of escalating violence in the Autonomous Region in recent days, AFP reports.

“The Hong Kong government is expected to announce curfew on weekends,” the Global Times wrote, citing unnamed sources. So far, there is no official position of the authorities in the Chinese administrative area.

Hong Kong is facing a huge political crisis because of the ongoing mass demonstrations. What started as a movement against an unacceptable extradition law has grown into something much bigger.

In just two months, protests have evolved from millions of rallies on the streets, to masked groups of protesters storming government buildings and blocking the city’s airport. Although the majority of the protesters are peaceful, the powerlessness of law enforcement is visible.

Demonstrators are pushing for more democracy and investigating police violence during previous protests. With the increase in unrest, Beijing’s tone is getting sharper.

Both governments – Hong Kong and China – have criticized the protests. A government spokesman described what was happening as “the bottom of civilization.”

In China, the media describes the protesters as “abusers and criminals.” The island’s authorities identify the demonstrators as “terrorists” and suggest they pose a real threat to the rule of law.

[HONG KONG]

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