“When civilians take to the streets with weapons, like pipe bombs and petrol bombs, they are terrorists. They are also misled and deceived by those who encourage this morbid conduct,” says a humanitarian worker in Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong there are enough processes for dialogue and for addressing grievances with government. This is true beyond a doubt and armed violence that jeopardizes the safety of children and their families is certainly not called for despite the fact that there has been a continual erosion of freedoms and democracy in Hong Kong under Xi Jinping.
Violent Attempts to Overthrow Government will Fail
Michele Francis, a nurse working in Venezuela with survivors of Nicholas Maduro’s never ending violence against his people offered this thought.
“Protesting against the unfairness of eroding freedoms is everyone’s duty, but violence is not. If your children are killed, there is no amount of freedom that will make you feel better. You will in fact never be free. Stay home.”
“Myself and my fellow humanitarian workers are so terribly afraid for children and their families being drawn into violence of agents provocateurs in Hong Kong. Families must please stay home and teach your children in this manner that violence is not the way forward.” —Michele Francis RINJ Women
The change in the nature of the conflict from peaceful assembly to this extreme endangering of children and their families who had taken to the streets in calm protest is attributable to external influence from the media and from British and American agencies, say sources. Their provocateur conduct is observed inside Hong Kong by women members of the RINJ civil society group.
“Protesting against the unfairness of eroding freedoms is everyone’s duty, but violence is not. If your children are killed, there is no amount of freedom that will make you feel better. You will in fact under those circumstances never be free. Stay home.” Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective Magazine
“Now that this violence has happened, all families in Hong Kong must be warned to stay home.”
On Sunday in Hong Kong, three male persons using a large, yellow two-man slingshot attempt to launch what appears to be a pipe bomb at police off to the left. The man on the left in the image below first points out the group of police officers at a doorway in a building to the left, but out of sight in this image.
As the male person below attempts to aim the pipe bomb at a door in a building to the left, behind which are huddling police officers aware of the danger, the aimer fumbles and drops the device as the two strands of the slingshot separate. Photo Credit: Screen Capture from the better quality video of RT.com, shown below.
Persons unknown to FPMag in this picture are using a two-person slingshot to launch at police what appears to be a pipe bomb. Photo Screen Cap from the poorer quality FPMag video.
This image above shows the police storming out of the building once they realize the pipe-bomb attack has failed. The three-person shooting team is to the left making their getaway. As they flee, they are attacked from behind by baton-wielding riot squad members. Following that, those police officers are attacked from behind by a group of activists with pipes and batons and severely beaten. All three images are extracted from two videos shot on location Sunday, the best quality file is available for readers below.
In this screen capture set of images above, demonstrators in Hong Kong, on Sunday, are using fire bombs and other weapons apparently to intimidate police. Here they set fire to a train station with molotov cocktails (petrol bombs). You can see in the inset, a firefighter later trying to contain the blaze.
“This is heartbreaking to see Hong Kong fall apart like this,” says Melissa Hemingway who has been in close contact with sources in Hong Kong on both sides of the fight. “That’s what it is,” she says, “a fight.”
In this image, one of the firebombers has set his hands alight and his colleagues have helped him extinguish the flames. All images are video screen captures.
Two sides, the police and the activists turned terrorists. It is a fight.
Enough evidence implies that the Hong Kong students are being stirred up by the United States. One source who is close enough to the activists to know says there has been indirect funding for some of the expenses of core activist groups.
The flip side is that there have also been Beijing supported White Bloc saboteurs who violently attacked citizens trying to do what the Black Bloc usually does at G7/G20 conferences. That was a huge mistake. They have not reappeared and Beijing has taken a remarkably benign role since that time.
Finally, and this is the most reprehensible, the protestors have been using molotov cocktails otherwise named petrol bombs amidst children and their families.
These weapons are glass bottles filled with automotive gasoline that has a very low flash point. The bottle has a gas-soaked wick and it is lit and thrown. The glass breaks and the gasoline soaks the victim.
The principal is the same as using a napalm bomb—the fuel adheres to the victim’s cloths and burns at high heat delivering more than 50% burn injuries. Usually anything more than 50% is a morbid case. The patient will eventually die. This weapon is all about indiscriminate killing and and property damage.
The use of weapons for random killing or maiming by civilians has been repeated many times. So often have the crowds been using lethal force that Hong Kong police officers individually are entitled to take whatever measures they deem fit. In fact, Melissa Hemingway reports from Hong Kong that the few she spoke to are scared witless. That is understandable.
Warning: Hong Kong Police are justified in responding to lethal force with lethal force only if strictly necessary. Police should be cautioned to read Human Rights Standards and Practice for the Police.
“Police lives matter too,” say professional security experts.
Everyone has the rights to life, security of the person, and freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment.
Important notes on police use of force.
- Non-violent means are to be attempted first, force is to be used only when strictly necessary.
- Force is to be used only for lawful law enforcement purposes. No exceptions or excuses shall be allowed for unlawful use of force.
- Use of police force shall always be proportional to lawful objectives.
- Restraint is to be exercised in the use of force.
Download and read the Human-Rights-for-Police published by the Office Of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights.
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Very Sharp RT Video Below
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests in Hong Kong on 17th straight weekend of protests
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