Hong Kong police predict 'very serious violent attack' on Chinese anniversary day

As I write this, it’s about 6 am in Hong Kong, meaning it’s already October 1st. October 1 is communist China’s “National Day” which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country this year. Reuters reports that police in Hong Kong predicted a violent attack by protesters:

There will be a “very serious violent attack,” the chief superintendent of the police’s public relations branch, Tse Chun-chung, told a news conference on Monday. “We are on the verge of extreme danger.”

Police said they arrested a total of 157 people, including 67 students, after a chaotic weekend in which tear gas and water cannon were fired at protesters who set fires and threw petrol bombs. Eight police officers were injured, they said…

Two prominent democracy activists, actor Gregory Wong and Ventus Lau, were arrested for their involvement in protests on Monday, according to a representative for the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the organizer of previous mass protests.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, will not be present tomorrow. She decided to spend the day in Bejing but it appears to have been a last-minute change of plans. Reuters says it’s unclear if this was Lam’s decision or if she was “summoned” to China because of the unrest over the weekend.

Here’s an example of the kind of thing that happened over the weekend to which mainland China would obviously object:

There was some violence over the weekend from the police. Here’s an Amnesty international clip mocking the police’s excuse for video showing a cop kicking someone on the ground:

And here’s a clip showing the police pepper-spraying a pro-democracy legislator who didn’t appear to be doing anything except talking:

There was also some violence from protesters aimed at undercover police:

And also aimed at pro-China protesters:

Ultimately, the protesters are fighting for their own long term freedom. This protester says the reeducation camps China is currently using to turn Xinjiang Muslims into eager communists will come to Hong Kong: “Xinjiang’s today is Hong Kong’s tomorrow.”

Comparing the Chinese government to the Nazis has become pretty popular among protesters:

“SAY NO TO CHINAZI,” read a silhouetted slogan projected onto the Chinese military’s building in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The word is a newly popular term in Hong Kong’s protest movement: China + Nazi, a derogatory framing of Beijing’s governance.

So it’s very possible things will get heated today. If something happens in the next few hours I’ll update this post. Otherwise, we’ll probably write about it tomorrow.