Fresh protests rock Hong Kong as China's 70th anniversary approaches

It seemed a huge game of cat and mouse at times. By the time gas masks and helmets were removed from protesters and press, something else sparked another melee. When the late evening came about, fires made streets of Hong Kong look like the city had been overthrown.

Things didn't stop there – fires were continually used as weapons, as heated barricades continued to pop up throughout. Water cannon trucks were soon deployed, followed by the police firing teargas with no hesitation.

As the day wore on, protester numbers never seemed to dwindle. If some groups had dispersed, others took their place. It was into Happy Valley area where small groups and police fought in hand-to-hand or "baton-to-umbrella" combat.

Plenty of these clashes had been seen for months in Hong Kong, but Sunday was evidently different. The initial attempt to disperse a large rally made the day what it was – violent and relentless. Without question, it marked one of the worst days of the ongoing protests. 

Tuesday, October 1, will mark China's 70th anniversary party, with mass protests scheduled in Hong Kong. In fact, it has been built up as a type of "D-Day" by the locals and press on the ground. (READ: [OPINION] Hong Kong turmoil: What if China moves in?)

Originally it was thought it would be the day for the PLA to intervene, but that is unlikely given China's current economic stance in the world. However, it will, without question, bring a huge amount of significance moving forward. Security will be on high alert, while protesters have openly admitted that they are all "saving their energy" for this date.

Tuesday is a big deal to China, being their first anniversary as a world superpower. Beijing will hold one of the biggest celebrations the world has seen to date. Yet, in Hong Kong, it will be a day to pour oil onto the parade. –

Tommy Walker is a freelance travel journalist and correspondent. He has reported on events and stories relating to North Korea, Colombia, Venezuela, France, and Russia. He is based in Hong Kong. 

Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker is a British journalist, photographer and travel writer currently based between Hong Kong & Taipei. In 2019, Tommy reported for Rappler as Hong Kong correspondent for the anti-government protests. His work provided frontline videos from demonstrations which included the Polytechnic University siege, and Hong Kong’s national security law fallout. His work has also included covering the COVID19 pandemic in 2020.