For weeks the protests in Hong Kong had been intense but far less violent, as the relationship between law enforcement and protesters had been one of somewhat understanding. However, this past weekend, the violent component was reignited and the warning flags started waving. The main brawl took place in the district of Tsuen Wan following protests in a nearby park.
While a large rally took place in the park, a group of hard-line protesters took over the main street and violent ensued, with police intent on holding their ground. Police hoisted warning flags and protestors responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police. Several fires broke out and the police, along with water cannons broke up the crowd, they eventually drew their guns. Some protesters have said that they started the violence because the government did not respond to their requests, their peaceful requests in recent weeks.
Leadership in Beijing is now fighting a battle within the ranks. Surely some of the hardliners are now focused on ending the protests as the fear of it spreading throughout China is real. In recent protests in Hong Kong, some protests were allowed on the mainland. However, this time the Chinese leadership will not allow it for fear of support to start with the masses in Beijing and other cities around the mainland.