Weapon upgrade? Hong Kong thugs use American grenade launchers

 Weapon upgrade? Hong Kong thugs use American grenade launchers

After the laser irradiator and the gasoline bomb, the mob launched a new weapon yesterday. A mob in Tsim Sha Tsui fired an unidentified object at the police using a suspected US M320 grenade launcher. The mob was arrested by the police.

The local government told the Observer Network that the M320 used by the mob is a similar-looking pneumatic BB projectile launcher. Its kinetic energy standard may be larger than the statutory standard. It is a contraband and has the ability to throw tear gas and smoke bombs.

Although it was an air gun, the mobs use of offensive weapons to attack the police was a felony and could be sentenced to more than 10 yearsimprisonment upon trial.

Tuyuan: Wen Huibao

According to the Hong Kong Wen Daily on August 12, illegal assembly and riots occurred again in various districts of Hong Kong yesterday (11). The police launched a heavy punch and decisively enforced the law to expel the mob. In the process, some police officers were even burned by the mobs self-made gasoline bomb and needed hospitalization.

The mob assembled in Tsim Sha Tsui was photographed live yesterday, unlike the previous explosive glass forks and sports bows and arrows equipped in other districts. This time, photos taken from the scene show that the mob attacked police officers with a weapon suspected of being a US M320 grenade launcher. The mob held the imitation air gun in both hands and fired it in the direction of Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station, then retreated to hide in the crowd.

Photo Source: Video Screenshots of Wen Hui Bao

Police arrested the suspected M320 grenade launcher during the advance.

Police arrested the thugs who used American grenade launcher: Wen Hui

M320 is a new generation of gun-mounted grenade launcher of the US Army. It was officially launched in September 2008 to replace the old M203 40mm grenade launcher. The grenade launcher has a range of 400 meters. Besides explosive grenades, it can also be compatible with non-lethal ammunition such as tear gas and smoke bombs.

Observer asked Hong Kong local enthusiasts who are familiar with air guns. Local people pointed out that it is impossible for the mob to get the M320 in service. This launcher should be a local fire imitation M320 pneumatic BB projectile launcher (airsoft). Although named Airsoft, the airgun still bears the pressure of launching steel balls, and has the opportunity to cause considerable harm to human body. It is also compatible with launching non-lethal ammunition such as tear gas and smoke bombs. Its range is longer and more accurate than that of hand throwing.

Foreign netizens tested M320Airsoft to hit a paintball with enough kinetic energy to knock down an adult man. Some US troops also bought some pneumatic M320 for training: social media.

However, local enthusiasts said that even if the initial speed of the M320 in the hands of the mob was below 2 joules, the mobs behavior was still attacking the police with offensive weapons, a felony and could be sentenced to more than 10 yearsimprisonment upon public trial.

Massive use of tear gas and smoke bombs by mobs against police sources: Hong Kong Polices official social media account

According to the Wen Hui Bao, although firearms are not real guns, the holder may also violate the law. According to the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, Chapter 238 of the Hong Kong Law, all air guns capable of firing bullets or projectiles with muzzle energy exceeding 2 joules are firearms, and the holder is required to obtain the signature of the Commissioner of Police. The tube of an instrument or ammunition has a licence.

No person shall possess such firearms or ammunition unless he holds a licence. If he violates the law, he commits an offence and is liable to a fine of 100,000 yuan and to imprisonment for 14 years upon conviction by public prosecution.

Hong Kong yesterday (11) witnessed different levels of illegal assembly and riots in various districts. The police fought hard and enforced the law decisively. In the process, some police officers were even burned by the mobs self-made gasoline bombs.

According to Ta Kung Pao, at an illegal rally in Deepwater Dam yesterday (11), rioters threw petrol bombs at police on Da Nan West Street, where they were on a hunting mission. The scene was once ablaze. Later, a large number of radical demonstrators moved to Tsim Sha Tsui. During the confrontation between the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station and the police, rioters threw petrol bombs into the police station, causing a policeman to burn his leg and show many bloodstains on his body.

Police subsequently arrested at least 10 rioters involved in the Tsim Sha Tsui riots and the throwing of gas and oil bombs and transferred them to the Changsha Bay Police Station for arrest.

Tuyuan, Hong Kong Police Attacked by Gasoline Bomb: CCTV News Client

Hong Kong Police Tuyuan Attacked by Gasoline Bomb: Hong Kong Police Official Social Media Account

According to CCTV News Client on August 12, in the early morning of the same day, a spokesman for the HKSAR Government responded to the violent demonstrations that took place yesterday as follows:

Following the illegal demonstrations in Kowloon and the New Territories the day before yesterday, there were illegal rallies in many districts. Violent demonstrators destroyed public property and blocked main roads; blocked police stations and attacked police officers with lasers and bricks; and more violent demonstrators threw petrol bombs, injuring police officers. The lawlessness of violent demonstrators poses a serious threat to the personal safety of police officers and other citizens. We are indignant about this and condemn it in the strongest terms.

In response to the increasingly lawless atrocities committed by Hong Kong thugs, the official micro-blog of Peoples Daily last night issued a micro-comment warning the crazy tightrope-walking thugs that they must not misjudge the situation and treat restraint as weakness. Those who play with fire will set themselves on fire, stop riots and bring peace to Hong Kong! _____________

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