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Hong Kong Drivers resort to 'Slow-Down Protest'


Hong Kong Drivers resort to 'Slow-Down Protest'

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 May 2020, 07:35 pm

Hong Kong/UNI: Several drivers in Hong Kong resorted to blocking traffic at the exit of a city center tunnel in what is being termed as the "slow-down protest", Regional government said on Wednesday.

This latest form of protest comes amid several days of unrest in the nation as the Communist government of China proposed a new security legislation.

The protest took place at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel at around 8.30 am today (May 27) [00:30 GMT], some drivers staged a slow-drive protest at the Hong Kong Island exit of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, causing serious obstruction to traffic, Sputnik reported. Police officers swiftly attended the scene to intercept the vehicles concerned and diverted traffic in an effort to maintain road safety for commuters and students.

Local media reported that people dumped trash on the roads to disrupt traffic. Police reportedly found nails among the debris placed by protesters on the roads.

The regional authorities urged citizens to desist from causing disturbances on roads and warned perpetrators that they would be arrested if they don't pay heed to the warnings.

Protests resumed in Hong Kong in recent days as the Chinese central government mulls implementing a new security legislation in the region which would outlaw all 'secessionist' and 'subversive' activity. The new legislation has been supported by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other government ministers. Though critics feel that this law would be detremental to Hong Kong's autonomy and its economic prospects. Critics say that if this law were to be implemented then HK would cease to be the attractive business destination it today is.

Sunday saw the arrest of approximately 180 protesters as they staged demonstrations against the new legislation, the COVID-19 pandemic has not deterred people from coming out on the streets to protest against the proposed legislation. Social distancing measures forbid public gatherings of more than eight people.

Widespread protests in Hong Kong first started in June 2019 against a new extradition bill that was eventually withdrawn, these demonstrations continued throughout the winter months. Beijing has stated that these protests are the result of 'foreign interference' in China’s domestic affairs.  

Hong Kong Drivers resort to 'Slow-Down Protest'

India Blooms News Service
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