Article published : Monday, August 12th, 2019 (8:02 am)
Police in Hong Kong are brutally repressing democracy – and Britain is arming them Andrew Smith The UK has been flouting its own rules to sell hi-tech weaponry to despotic regimes. It will only escalate under Boris JohnsonThis weekend there was a further intensification of police violence against campaigners in Hong Kong. Over the past two months, police officers have attacked pro-democracy protesters using teargas, CS grenades, batons and small arms. More than 1,000 rounds of tear gas and 160 rubber bullets have been used since June, with human rights monitors accusing the authorities of beating protesters and applying ”excessive and unnecessary force”.It is likely that many of the weapons being used were made in the UK: the Omega Research Foundation has published photos of UK-made CS grenades deployed by Hong Kong police against crowds. Since 2015, the UK government has licensed £8.6m worth of arms to the Hong Kong administration. This includes licences for teargas, anti-riot shields, pyrotechnic ammunition, spying technology and other equipment that could be used in the crackdown. Continue reading...
Author : Andrew Smith