Pro-Democracy Protest Movement Returns to Hong Kong

Published May 13th, 2020 - 07:24 GMT

Anti-government protests have resumed in Hong Kong as restrictions in the city began to ease, following a period of enforced calm due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Riot police chased protesters through Hong Kong's shopping malls and streets on Sunday as democracy activists launched Mother's Day flash mob rallies calling for independence and for the city's unpopular leader to resign.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city was convulsed by seven straight months of often violent pro-democracy protests last year with millions hitting the streets 

Mass arrests and the coronavirus pandemic ushered in a period of calm.

But with the finance hub successfully tackling its outbreak small protests have bubbled up once more in the last fortnight.

Live broadcasts also showed police issuing $2,000 ($260) on the spot fines to those allegedly breaching emergency anti-virus measures banning more than eight people gathering in public.

*This article has been adapted from its original source (DailyMail)

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Undercover police arrest and handcuff a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Undercover police arrest and handcuff a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police detain a group of people during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police detain a group of people during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Undercover police arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Undercover police arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Riot police hold back members of the press during a police operation to arrest pro-democracy demonstrators during a protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Riot police hold back members of the press during a police operation to arrest pro-democracy demonstrators during a protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Pro-democracy demonstrators protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Pro-democracy demonstrators protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police officers clash with a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police officers clash with a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police officers patrol the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where protests by pro-democracy demonstrators calling for the citys independence were scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police officers patrol the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where protests by pro-democracy demonstrators calling for the citys independence were scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Undercover police arrest and handcuff a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police detain a group of people during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Undercover police arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Riot police hold back members of the press during a police operation to arrest pro-democracy demonstrators during a protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Pro-democracy demonstrators protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers clash with a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers patrol the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where protests by pro-democracy demonstrators calling for the citys independence were scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Undercover police arrest and handcuff a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Undercover police arrest and handcuff a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police detain a group of people during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police detain a group of people during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Undercover police arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Undercover police arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Riot police hold back members of the press during a police operation to arrest pro-democracy demonstrators during a protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Riot police hold back members of the press during a police operation to arrest pro-democracy demonstrators during a protest calling for the city's independence in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Pro-democracy demonstrators protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Pro-democracy demonstrators protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers clash with a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers clash with a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers patrol the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where protests by pro-democracy demonstrators calling for the citys independence were scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP
Police officers patrol the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where protests by pro-democracy demonstrators calling for the citys independence were scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP