Over the weekend 86 people were arrested. Police were forced to use water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets as protests began to turn violent after inaction from the government on their demands for greater democracy.
The Hong Kong government said in a statement “The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation,”
The protests have now gone on for 12 weeks and are showing no signs of slowing. China has been building up it’s military presence outside of Hong Kong in Shenzhen and analysts have predicted that China will act before October 1st, the 70th anniversary of China’s National Day.
More protests have been planned in the coming days and weeks. This week, on Wednesday a protest at Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways headquarters against “white terror”, a term used to describes acts that create climates of fear.