Police targets of both love and anger in Hong Kong rallies

Published December 15, 2019, 6:34 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By the Associated Press

Several thousand people shouting words of thanks to the police turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for a force broadly criticized as abusive by the territory’s protest movement.

Protesters gather during a rally in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Hong Kong police said on Saturday that they have arrested three men for testing homemade explosives they suspect were intended for use during protests. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein/MANILA BULLETIN)
Protesters gather during a rally in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Hong Kong police said on Saturday that they have arrested three men for testing homemade explosives they suspect were intended for use during protests. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein/MANILA BULLETIN)

People made heart signs with their hands at officers, with some calling them heroes for their policing of six months of demonstrations.

The rally attracted a bigger crowd than a protest against the government a few hundred meters (yards) away. It brought together a few hundred people in a square.

There were also scattered small protests against the government in shopping malls.

Tensions flared in one mall after police arrested about eight protesters. Police used pepper spray when people threw bottles of water at them.

 
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Police targets of both love and anger in Hong Kong rallies

Published December 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By the Associated Press

Several thousand people shouting words of thanks to the police turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for a force broadly criticized as abusive by the territory’s protest movement.

Protesters gather during a rally in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Hong Kong police said on Saturday that they have arrested three men for testing homemade explosives they suspect were intended for use during protests. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein/MANILA BULLETIN)
Protesters gather during a rally in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Hong Kong police said on Saturday that they have arrested three men for testing homemade explosives they suspect were intended for use during protests. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein/MANILA BULLETIN)

People made heart signs with their hands at officers, with some calling them heroes for their policing of six months of demonstrations.

The rally attracted a bigger crowd than a protest against the government a few hundred meters (yards) away. It brought together a few hundred people in a square.

There were also scattered small protests against the government in shopping malls.

Tensions flared in one mall after police arrested about eight protesters. Police used pepper spray when people threw bottles of water at them.

 
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