Christians Respond to Escalated Tensions in Hong Kong

11/11/2019 Hong Kong (International Christian Concern) – The protests in Hong Kong, now it its fifth month, took a somber turn with the death of a university student on Friday November 8 while trying to escape police teargas. On November 11, another protestor, 21-years-old, was shot at close range, and his condition is currently unconfirmed. Over the course of the unrest, police shot two other protestors under the age of 20, both of whom survived.

The Hong Kong bishop, Ha Chi-shing, gathered with other Christians at the Chater Garden for a prayer meeting in commemoration of Chow Tsz-Iok. Chow fell from the roof of a parking lot the night of November 3 while attempting to evade nearby frays. He remained in a coma until passing away on Friday. Christians prayed for comfort in the aftermath of Chow’s death with the bishop saying, “we hope that the government will be able to hear these voices and that through Coroner’s Court we can know the truth, render justice and above all console the broken-hearted family,” according to AsiaNews.

The most recent violence against protestors that took place on Monday sparked several Christian groups and churches to turn to social media, calling out the police for their escalated response to the pro-democracy protestors. Many pointed to the 3 live rounds that police fired and hit protestors. Others call for pray and peace.

Hong Kong Watch condemned the police’s “absurdly excessive use of force”, insisting that they not be able to “allowed to act with impunity”.

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