Hong Kong police responded to escalating weekend protests against China’s 70th anniversary of communist rule by reportedly making more than 150 arrests, firing tear gas and using a water cannon.
Demonstrators set fires, smashed windows at subway stations and threw bricks at police, according to The Washington Post on Monday.
“If they respect us, then we will respect them,” a 28-year-old protester by the name of Michael told WaPo of the Chinese government. “But if they don’t respect our democracy or human rights, then why do I need to respect them?”
Police made 157 arrests between Saturday and Sunday, according to Reuters, citing police. Protesters also clashed with police on the streets, leaving pools of blood on asphalt, the Post reported.
“There’s no indication of any lowering of the temperature, as we saw over the weekend,” China researcher Adam Ni of Macquarie University in Sydney told The Wall Street Journal. “We continue to be in for a rocky ride in Hong Kong.”