Are protesters losing support in Hong Kong? | DW News

  • Published: 22 September 2019
  • Hong Kong has seen another weekend of fiery clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police. Sunday's protests began peacefully with demonstrators taking over a shopping mall. But then protesters sang the anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" and then began trampling on and defacing the Chinese flag. One group vandalized a nearby subway station and setting barricades ablaze. Riot police responded with tear gas and made multiple arrests. But how much support do the protesters still have among their Hong Kong neighbors? DW's Mathias Bölinger reports from Hong Kong.

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Comments • 352

  • CandyCat Lara
    CandyCat Lara  2 months back

    Mr Wang should stand for trial as he and his rioters are collectively responsible for the death of the older man and the victim who was set on fire . He is inhuman for refusing to condemn the extreme violence conducted by these rioters. Shame on him! He is just an political opportunist !

    • Rafael olivera Melo
      Rafael olivera Melo  2 months back

      really... China Sucks, against dictatorships nothing can be achieved by being pacifist, CHINA IS A SHAME OF the world, im brazilian and i know china is one bottomless hole for human rights...

      • kky7972
        kky7972  3 months back

        Violent Rioters just leave hk or go jail please. We all Chinese in hk and you are some other race maybe alien Hong konger?

        • R P
          R P  3 months back

          Hong Kong people will not support anyone who singing “Glory to Hong Kong” but in fact destroying the glory of Hong Kong. They are just pretending to be peaceful. After singing, they will turn into rioters and block all the roads, destroy shops and destroy MTR stations. Rioters will all be arrested and put to jail. Hong Kong people support police.

          • Otto den otter Den otter
            Otto den otter Den otter  3 months back

            I love it

            • Shams
              Shams  3 months back

              These tactics will copied all over the world and in the west as well.

              • Esben M
                Esben M  3 months back

                Uhhh. So why am I not scared?

            • Rererro Muzzi
              Rererro Muzzi  4 months back

              Hongkong: the land of true freedom.
              Enjoy the freedom to to destroy subway stations, traffic lights, police stations, universities, and legislature building with hammars and motolovs.
              Enjoy the freedom to rob and burn down convenient stores, smartphone vendors, banks, and jewelery stores.
              Enjoy the freedom to beat university professors, elders, or anything random pedestrian with steel bars, wrenches, or any tools you feel handy.
              If you love GTA, Fallout, PUBG, or anyone open-world survival game, bring your complete gear, come to Hongkong and join our game.

              • Feels so good
                Feels so good  4 months back

                Here are so many chinese . Hey !Go to Youku not here. We support brave HK protesters!

                • Music Lover
                  Music Lover  4 months back

                  Everyone is losing interest......

                  • SeriNaga Leong
                    SeriNaga Leong  4 months back

                    Typical...feeling entitled ...

                    • Hage Chada
                      Hage Chada  4 months back

                      Please don't call them protestors they are evidently rioteers

                      • KS8910
                        KS8910  4 months back

                        It’s the young people movement vesus the oldies.Im sure most oldies know what is wrong and wrong.

                        • Kishor Kishor
                          Kishor Kishor  4 months back


                          • Longines Charles
                            Longines Charles  4 months back

                            You people entitle to nothing. Learn to live with China, your times is come to an end. Did you entitle to democracy when it was in British colony???

                            • Eddie Kianana2014
                              Eddie Kianana2014  4 months back


                              • AARON S
                                AARON S  4 months back

                                I think China CCP has waited long enough for the world to see and now it's justifiable for her to declare martial law in Hong Kong and let the "six four Tian An Meng" incident repeats itself in Hong Kong. Only military force without mercy can stop this nonsense of the minority hong kong protesters. They have gone too far and are destroying the HK economy and thus all hong kong people now.

                                • shera shera
                                  shera shera  4 months back

                                  dont worry trump will help you guys (to die) wakakakakaka

                                  • Law Siew Kui
                                    Law Siew Kui  4 months back

                                    running dogs

                                    • Pao Fang
                                      Pao Fang  4 months back

                                      USA police will always right ha..if this happened in USA guest what??.we (USA) only focus on our interest, remembering this China not USA.

                                      • Malak Dahri
                                        Malak Dahri  4 months back

                                        Someone please explain to me why these protests are happening? I’m a us college student. Between classes and Trump I have no time

                                        • Youtao Lin
                                          Youtao Lin  4 months back

                                          MAO said: 革命不是请客吃饭 Revolution is not a dinner party.

                                          • Joan Doe
                                            Joan Doe  4 months back

                                            The commentator says the protesters trample the Chinese flag out of a "sense of anger"..... I call it downright disrespect.... It is almost as if they WANT Beijing to intervene........ They WILL be sorry....

                                            • Ken Mc Leod
                                              Ken Mc Leod  4 months back

                                              These anarchists have more rights under the 2 systems policy than under Colonial autocratic rule. Wake up you fools. Why is the media so biased towards these extremists?

                                              • Yang Jianguo
                                                Yang Jianguo  4 months back

                                                IMO, it is a kind of blessing in disguise ..... this "hidden time bomb" is exploding now .... HK is undergoing through a self- purification process..... the many social contradictions and issues need to be addressed and resolved in the next 28 years before Yr 2047 when the People's Central Govt takes over (as expressed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration 1984 and the Basic Law)
                                                In our computer information technology age where there is speedy coordination and connectivity, who can ever tell that by that time China herself may have election of leaders by internet voting.... involving 100% eligible voters....( so much better than, say, USA, where only 45% eligible voters are willing to vote)

                                                • Geo Song
                                                  Geo Song  4 months back

                                                  but the police are just tryna stop vandalism of public property

                                                  • Sea Collides
                                                    Sea Collides  3 months back

                                                    exactly, but the yellow vest people dont see that. they think they are just obstacles blocking their path to 'freedom' but in reality the police are just doing their job to maintain the final strands of safety in hk

                                                • EXing viovy
                                                  EXing viovy  4 months back

                                                  if all the things are being done peacefully, why are they all wearing masks? what are they feared
                                                  about? stop fooling yourselves. we all know they start destroying after the western media recording their 'peaceful' behavior. LOL

                                                  • elivevile
                                                    elivevile  4 months back

                                                    It is possible that the police themselves ask them to wear masks, because they don't want to arrest them. Revealed face = must arrest.

                                                    This BS is caused by CCP meddling in HK, and the HK police is being shoved forward to clean it up.
                                                    I suspect they too know they are just being used as toilet paper by CCP.

                                                    No one will take responsibility. China will inherit Hongkong the way it's meant for them: a small fishing village of only 1000 people.

                                                • o YANG
                                                  o YANG  4 months back

                                                  This show the weakness happen in Hong Kong government. They should use whatever force they have to prevent this from happen. These because at the end of the day they still will use that to solve the problems

                                                  • yulianto rahardjo
                                                    yulianto rahardjo  4 months back

                                                    is that US flag raising by protester in the background ?

                                                    • Sea Collides
                                                      Sea Collides  3 months back

                                                      yes, as much as I am embarrassed to say, it is.

                                                    • EXing viovy
                                                      EXing viovy  4 months back

                                                      yes. funny and pathetic. our hk friends want their us daddy for help.

                                                  • souffled
                                                    souffled  4 months back

                                                    The most absurd political activity in the history of the world. Fight for rights, democracy? You have all the freedom already, even to the extent of destroying public property and causing severe disruption to life in Hong Kong society.

                                                    • TheReMorseCode
                                                      TheReMorseCode  4 months back


                                                      Hong Kong’s tights are being continuously eroded by the CCP. They do not have truly democratic elections. Book sellers who sold books that the CCP didn’t like were kidnapped and threatened, and their bookstores shut down. Civilians going home on the subway are stormed and indiscriminately beat by police. Medics are blocked by the police from entering areas where civilians are suffering possibly fatal head injuries. An old man in a hospital was abused and tortured.

                                                      If you need links, articles, or anything or any of my claims, and you have already searched and cannot find them, just ask me please.

                                                  • Jo Black
                                                    Jo Black  4 months back

                                                    Nice bonfire. Keep up the excellent work.

                                                    • SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE BEAR

                                                      GIVEN THEM ENOUGH ROPE & THEY WILL HANG THEMSELVES!!!!
                                                      THE ART OF (MODERN) WAR

                                                      • Doggy Houz
                                                        Doggy Houz  4 months back

                                                        HK fell into China trap. HK is destroying themselves and China didn’t have to spend a penny.

                                                        • Thay Guan En
                                                          Thay Guan En  4 months back

                                                          @Doggy Houz i dont understand. Hong Kong is part of China and why would China want one part of it to destroy itself? They merely do not want to be talked behind the back like you foreigners would if the PLA marches into Hong Kong.

                                                        • Doggy Houz
                                                          Doggy Houz  4 months back

                                                          EXing viovy China purposely have solider marching. Making HK think China is still operating like the old times. HK gets triggers and go our breaking things around their neighborhood or your fellow HK citizens’ neighborhoods.

                                                          HK youth has been misinformed about how China is today and why they are #2 in the world.

                                                        • EXing viovy
                                                          EXing viovy  4 months back

                                                          clever. it's true and they still won't stop

                                                      • Laura O'Chamney
                                                        Laura O'Chamney  4 months back

                                                        It could be wrong if only few people trample on the mainland China's flag, but when a huge group of protesters-hundreds to thousands of them, trample on the mainland China's flag, the Chinese Communist government must have done something terribly wrong angering the whole population of Hong Kong

                                                        • alfa zulu
                                                          alfa zulu  4 months back

                                                          Click bait

                                                          • Roadrunner Coyote
                                                            Roadrunner Coyote  4 months back

                                                            Which poll? Organizer and poll medium? Sample size? Or are you referring to Internet surveys by one party’s media. That is very irresponsible reporting,

                                                            • Roadrunner Coyote
                                                              Roadrunner Coyote  4 months back

                                                              Blaming the Police for using excessive force is similar to crooked theory blaming rape victims for wearing sexy dresses so to get sympathy and support for the rapists to justify the rape. Public attention is then drawn onto the victim hoping that she broke down under pressure and the rapists escape. Police powers to use force is granted by the law and there are various governance measures including compliant channels. I am still waiting for the “Shot in Eye” girl and families and friends of the supposed dead persons in Prince Edward station to come forward. Also, which law grant the rioters powers to use violent force? Who governs their violence and vandalism?
                                                              Anyone, who blames the Police for using excessive force, is a despicable propagator for the rapists.

                                                              • Cấn Xuân Hoàn
                                                                Cấn Xuân Hoàn  4 months back

                                                                I am Vietnamese! US is doing for Great Again but China is Great now (not Again). So, i think HKers should not destroy themselves. You had been freest city in the world. Nowhere in the World trust for your behavior like that.

                                                                • Little Luna
                                                                  Little Luna  4 months back

                                                                  I SUPPORT HONG KONG LET HK BE HK OK IF HK DON'T WANT CHINA THEN CHINA GET OUT NO CHINA STAND WITH HK

                                                                  • John Jiang
                                                                    John Jiang  4 months back

                                                                    It is pretty much dying because only the rioters are left these days. The media has to make news

                                                                    • Jimmy Ritchie
                                                                      Jimmy Ritchie  4 months back

                                                                      John Jiang
                                                                      How else are these media make their target revenue? They can’t possibly be reporting non events or how peaceful HK is! Those don’t make money.

                                                                  • Bobby Ligot
                                                                    Bobby Ligot  4 months back

                                                                    Stop all these. Once HK loses everything, china will take over HK and that will be worse!

                                                                    • elivevile
                                                                      elivevile  4 months back

                                                                      it's too late at this point.
                                                                      even if HK surrenders and fully integrate into China, there's already hatred and mistrust from mainlanders towards Hongkong. They will never forget this rebellion, this 'disloyalty'. Hongkong will always be the red-headed-step-child in China's great household, the one the others will bully.
                                                                      Will have to try its best to please Beijing, while knowing it will never be good enough, ever again.

                                                                      this rebellion is one last attempt to escape that fate.

                                                                    • Bobby Ligot
                                                                      Bobby Ligot  4 months back

                                                                      @EXing viovy they will have easy access to the sea lanes in the south china sea.

                                                                    • EXing viovy
                                                                      EXing viovy  4 months back

                                                                      i believe it has been the worst so maybe china will make it a little bit better? lol

                                                                  • oswer
                                                                    oswer  4 months back

                                                                    HK WONT LOSE SUPPORT

                                                                    • Gregory Santana
                                                                      Gregory Santana  4 months back

                                                                      These videos are soooooooo old. Stream on Roku to see the latest raw street video and Hong Kong outlets, as well as China Uncensored.

                                                                      There, you get the latest without the major media filters that want to keep their head down in the gutter not to lose their precious Beijing offices.

                                                                      • numuves
                                                                        numuves  4 months back

                                                                        HAHAHAHAH China Uncensored HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

                                                                    • Gregory Santana
                                                                      Gregory Santana  4 months back

                                                                      Social Media is just a better communication tool than the past, thus, people raise as one voice.

                                                                      • Jimmy Ritchie
                                                                        Jimmy Ritchie  4 months back

                                                                        Gregory Santana
                                                                        The voice of violence. These so called polls, really, how are they conducted? You asked a 1,000 rioters and of course unanimous 100% anti government response. But a 1,000 protesters do not represent 7.5 million ordinary law abiding HK citizens.

                                                                      • Roadrunner Coyote
                                                                        Roadrunner Coyote  4 months back

                                                                        Gregory Santana well, it should be easy to solve the Brexit and constitution crisis then. Just do a poll on social media.

                                                                    • Gregory Santana
                                                                      Gregory Santana  4 months back

                                                                      As John Paul Jones said to the British Naval Commander after the Commander demanded that John Paul Jones strike his colors.

                                                                      John Paul Jones response, "We have yet begun to fight!" and went on to capture the British Man of War as his own ship was sinking.

                                                                      "Hongkongers have yet to Fight!"

                                                                      • Roadrunner Coyote
                                                                        Roadrunner Coyote  4 months back

                                                                        Gregory Santana have the Brits started fighting? Is Boris winning?

                                                                    • 甴近平
                                                                      甴近平  4 months back

                                                                      Hk govt are totally controlled by China, no more freedom in HK right now, so we seek for help from oversea- democracy country

                                                                      • Sunny Quackers
                                                                        Sunny Quackers  4 months back


                                                                        • John Ling
                                                                          John Ling  4 months back

                                                                          Two points: 3:45 want internet suggestion, hey lets wear our masks and jump in the Hong Kong harbor. 5:30 who conducted those polls exactly?

                                                                          • Jiajun LUO
                                                                            Jiajun LUO  4 months back

                                                                            It's been three months and they still can't remove their masks.A bunch of cowards.