The clashes in Mongkok overnight on Monday and early Tuesday, in which around 130 police, protesters and journalists were injured. Chief Executive CY Leung said it was a riot.
The incident was just a disturbance not a riot, Chip Tsao, a Hong Kong writer and commentator. In Hong Kong’s history, only the Double Tenth riots, instigated by Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek, and the 1967 riots, instigated by Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, should be called riots, Tsao said. Since the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officers and Police officers clamped down on the illegal hawkers, the disturbance was induced, he added.
When Hong Kong was a Crown colony under British administration, the government allowed the illegal parking and illegal hawkers operating for better earnings in Chinese New year. The public is allowed to park in Government Offices’ parking on Sunday for free or 5 dollars charges per hour. However, gate built and this policy was revoked while Tung Chee-hwa, previous Chief Executive, came into power.
Tsao thought that disturbance will happen in future due to desperation to the government’s dumb policies, people living in poverty and the neurotic reaction by the police.
Source: Apply Daily