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Who lit the fires that boiled the Mong Kok blood?

HONG KONG (SE): As the blood boiled in the veins of a group in Mong Kok on the evening of the Lunar New Year, February 8, the police arrested 70 or so people.

But Father Franco Mella asked at a Mass celebrated in Chater Road in Central on February 21, why does the government stop at demonising their behaviour without questioning its own role in lighting the fire that heated their blood to boiling point.

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Clashes in Mong Kok

HONG KONG (SE): In the wake of violent clashes between local groups and the police in Mong Kok on the night of the Lunar New Year, February 8, which continued into the daylight hours of the following morning, the diocese of Hong Kong sent a notice to all parishes on February 11 saying that it does not believe that deep-seated social issues can be settled with violence.

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A lot more than monkey business

While a fireworks celebration was scheduled for the evening of the second day of the Lunar New Year on February 9, the real fireworks exploded some 24 hours earlier on the volatile streets of Mong Kok.

The no-holds-barred slug out between police and a local mob continued until the shadows lifted on a new day, leaving perplexed cleaners removing debris and an even more perplexed government groping for explanations.