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Hong Kong protest 2019
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:18:11 PM »
Hong Kong protest: 'Nearly two million' join demonstration
17 June 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48656471

Nearly two million people have taken part in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, organisers say.

If confirmed, it would be the largest protest in Hong Kong's history. Police said turnout was 338,000 at its peak.

The masses turned out despite the suspension of the bill - which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China - on Saturday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Sunday apologised for proposing the bill.

Many protesters, who fear increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong, are calling on her to resign over the unrest.

They are also demanding that the bill be scrapped, not just suspended.

Meanwhile, supporters of Joshua Wong - the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Movement" democracy protests five years ago - say he will be released from prison later on Monday.

"Today's march we had almost two million people," Jimmy Sham, from the Civil Human Rights Front protest group, told reporters late on Sunday evening.

The protest was mainly peaceful, with police officers reportedly holding back to allow the throngs of people to slowly pass through the city. This contrasted to scenes at the last previous major demonstration on Wednesday, which saw clashes between protesters and police that injured dozens.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2019, 11:12:02 PM »
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Hong Kong defies China
June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

It is hard to decide where to begin in describing Hong Kong’s non-violent fight for freedom, its defiance of the Chinese Communist Party rule and the protest against the proposed extradition law which would make it legal for any HK resident to be extradited to mainland China.

The most visible impression created was the size of the rallies reaching an estimated participation of two million people, in a city of around seven million. The other noticeable phenomenon is that the rallies were participated in by most of the different sectors of Hong Kong society – businessmen and employees, parents and children, students and teachers, activists and ordinary citizens.

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2019/06/23/1928716/hong-kong-defies-china


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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 10:04:37 AM »
Hong Kong protesters storm government building over China extradition bill
By Ben Westcott, Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Julia Hollingsworth, Steve George and Jenni Marsh, CNN

Updated 9:12 p.m. ET, July 1, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/hong-kong-july-1-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

Our live coverage of the protests in Hong Kong has ended, but here's what we know:

What happened: Protesters stormed and vandalized the legislative building in Hong Kong. These protesters broke away from the annual July 1 march that marks the anniversary of when Hong Kong was given to China. There were other demonstrations that remained peaceful.

Why they were protesting: People were protesting a bill that would allow China to extradite Hong Kong citizens. Critics worry China would use the bill to prosecute people for political reasons and that it would erode freedoms people in Hong Kong have.

Where the bill stands now: The city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking at a news conference, said that she doesn't intend to continue debating the bill, and that it will expire in July 2020 at the end of the term.

What happens next: Protesters have made several demands — the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill is only one of them. They are also calling for Lam to step down as well as an investigation into police brutality, a retraction of the characterization of the protests as riots and the release of arrested protesters.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 10:07:20 AM »
Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred
John Bacon, USA TODAY Published 9:46 a.m. ET July 2, 2019 | Updated 5:34 p.m. ET July 2, 2019

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/07/02/hong-kong-beijing-issues-ominous-warning-after-protests/1625926001/

China's mainland government condemned demonstrations rocking Hong Kong on Tuesday as a challenge to Beijing's authority that "trampled" the law and required swift prosecution, but protesters were undeterred.

The ominous warning was issued hours after protesters, angry at Beijing's growing control over Hong Kong's affairs, stormed the city's legislative building and occupied the governing chamber. The occupiers spray-painted pro-democratic slogans on the walls and tore down pictures of lawmakers before retreating. Police used tear gas to disperse crowds gathered outside the building.

“Such serious illegal acts trampled on Hong Kong’s rule of law, damaged Hong Kong’s social order, harmed Hong Kong’s interests – it is a blatant challenge to the bottom line of ‘One Country, Two Systems,' ” Hong Kong's liaison office to China's ruling State Council said in a statement.

The office said it would firmly support the Hong Kong government's prosecution of those behind the "atrocities."

The Global Times, a mouthpiece publication for Beijing, published commentary criticizing the "mob-like behavior" that it said no Western government would allow.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2019, 01:08:43 PM »
China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Agence France-Presse
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Published 7:31 AM, July 04, 2019
Updated 7:57 AM, July 04, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/234565-china-britain-wage-war-words-over-hong-kong

LONDON, United Kingdom – China bluntly told Britain on Wednesday, July 3, to "refrain from further interference" and London summoned Beijing's ambassador for a dressing down in a rapidly-escalating diplomatic feud over Hong Kong.

The protests sweeping the former British colony have also revived tensions inherent in the two sides' historic agreement on the global financial hub's handover to Chinese rule 22 years ago.

Hong Kong was meant to continue enjoying broad freedoms under the "one country, two systems" approach first adopted by China in the 1980s.

But fears and frustrations over Beijing's gradual tightening of those rules spilled over into mass demonstrations against a now-stalled draft law on Hong Kong residents' extradition to China.

They also saw UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – one of two candidates to become Britain's next prime minister – take the global lead in condemning China's entire approach to its "special administrative region".

Hunt called on Beijing not to use the protests as a "pretext for repressions" and warned of "serious consequences" if China breaches the commitments it made to London decades ago.

His comments provoked a cascade of condemnations from China that began with its foreign ministry in Beijing and continued with its embassy in London.

"He seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing in Beijing.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2019, 06:44:06 AM »
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japanese-pm-abe-raises-hong-kong-protests-with-xi-despite-beijings-warning_2981549.html

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Japanese PM Abe Raises Hong Kong Protests with Xi, Despite Beijing’s Warning
June 27, 2019 Updated: June 28, 2019

Abe’s remarks come despite Beijing’s firm warning earlier in the week that it would not allow the Hong Kong protests to be raised during the Summit.

The prime minister, at a June 27 evening meeting, stressed to Xi the importance of a free and open Hong Kong under “one country, two systems” framework, in light of recent disputes in Hong Kong over a controversial extradition bill, Nippon News reported.

Abe also mentioned human rights issues regarding Uyghurs in Xinjiang and other groups in China, emphasizing the need to respect human rights and universal values.

A top Chinese Foreign Ministry official said June 24 that Beijing would “not allow” the topic of recent protests in Hong Kong to be mentioned during G20 meetings, as “any foreign force has no right to interfere” with China’s “domestic affairs.”

The remark, widely criticized by protesters in Hong Kong, was seen as Beijing’s attempt to evade international pressure on critical issues.

In the past few weeks, millions of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a controversial bill that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

Opponents say that the bill would jeopardize the safety of Hong Kong’s residents and visitors who could be transferred to China on trumped up charges, thus further eroding the city’s autonomy.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2019, 05:32:27 AM »
Protesters unmoved as Hong Kong leader says China extradition bill 'dead'
(5th UPDATE) In her most conciliatory remarks since huge protests erupted a month ago, chief executive Carrie Lam admits her administration's attempt to introduce the law was a 'complete failure'

Agence France-Presse
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Published 10:32 AM, July 09, 2019
Updated 10:37 PM, July 09, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/234929-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-says-china-extradition-bill-dead

HONG KONG, China (5th UPDATE) – Hong Kong's embattled pro-Beijing leader on Tuesday said a China extradition bill that sparked unprecedented political unrest "is dead" – but protesters immediately dismissed her comments, threatening more mass rallies.

The international finance hub has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by a month of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters.

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Lam's words about the bill are "another ridiculous lie" tweeted leading democracy activist Joshua Wong, who was recently released from jail for his role in protests in 2014.

"The bill still exists in the 'legislative program' until July next year."

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 02:33:53 PM »
Riot police clash with protesters at Hong Kong airport as Chinese forces mass at border
AUGUST 13, 2019 / 6:38 PM / CBS/AP

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hong-kong-protest-airport-flights-cancelled-china-defense-forces-mass-border-today-2019-08-13/

Hong Kong — Riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's airport late Tuesday night, moving into the terminal where the demonstrators had shut down operations at one of the world's busiest transport hubs for two straight days. Officers armed with pepper spray and swinging batons confronted the protesters who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the airport terminal.

Police took several people into a police van waiting at the entrance to the airport's arrivals hall. Police said they tried to help ambulance officers reach an injured man whom protesters had detained on suspicion of being an undercover agent.

CBS News producer Chris Liable said all scheduled flights not already checked in were cancelled, and protesters were also blocking the departure lines at immigration, so nobody was able to get through there — something the protesters hadn't done previously.

The city's pro-Beijing leader warned that the protesters had pushed events onto a "path of no return."

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"Credible evidence" of police violations
Demonstrators have in recent days focused on their demand for an independent inquiry into what they call the police's abuse of power and negligence. That followed reports and circulating video footage of violent arrests and injuries sustained by protesters.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2019, 02:34:25 PM »
'Something bad is about to happen': Fears grow over ominous convoy of trucks
Yahoo News UK   Yahoo News Australia and agenciesYahoo News UK
13 August 2019

https://ph.news.yahoo.com/hong-kong-protests-convoy-armed-police-arrives-shenzhen-073944693.html

A convoy of armed police has gathered in Shenzhen - the Chinese city neighbouring Hong Kong - as tensions between protestors and authorities in the special administrative region continue to rise.

Footage began to circulate on social media on Monday showing dozens of armoured trucks arriving into the city before gathering at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre – a stone’s throw from Shenzhen Bay which separates Hong Kong’s northwest from the mainland.

Alexandre Krauss, a senior political advisor at Renrew Europe, shared several clips of the convoy on Twitter saying “something extraordinarily bad is about to happen”.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2019, 03:40:38 AM »
https://navaltoday.com/2019/08/14/us-navy-ships-denied-hong-kong-port-visits-amidst-protests/

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US Navy ships denied Hong Kong port visits amidst protests
August 14, 2019

This was confirmed to USNI News by a US Pacific Fleet spokesman who said that Chinese officials did not allow amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) to visit Hong Kong.

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This is not the first time US Navy ships have been denied approvals to visit the semi-autonomous region. In October 2018, USS Wasp was not allowed to visit in the wake of the Chinese-US trade war and an announced $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan.

In 2016, aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis was barred from visiting Hong Kong as China accused the US of displaying force in the disputed South China Sea.

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2019, 11:46:16 AM »
Hong Kong police filmed pointing guns at protesters amid claims shot was fired
‘Hong Kong police kicked an unarmed civilian and fired one shot to the sky,’ spokesperson from Free Hong Kong says

Phoebe Weston @phoeb0
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-police-gun-shot-fired-violent-protests-footage-a9078456.html

As violent protest and skirmishes continue in Hong Kong for the second day straight following a pro-democracy march, a video has emerged showing police officers pointing guns at the crowd in a bid to scare them.

Footage posted on a number of social media sites appears to show police kicking an unarmed civilian. Protesters also said that a shot was also fired, although The Independent was unable to verify these claims.

“Hong Kong police kicked an unarmed civilian who is kneeled ... Drew the pistol to the civilians and journalists and fired one shot to the sky,” a spokesperson from Free Hong Kong wrote on Twitter.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2019, 05:33:54 AM »
Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow arrested
Pair released on bail vow to continue protests despite cancellation of march

NIKKI SUN, Nikkei staff writer
AUGUST 30, 2019 10:23 JST  UPDATED ON AUGUST 30, 2019 22:25 JST

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Hong-Kong-protests/Hong-Kong-activists-Joshua-Wong-and-Agnes-Chow-arrested

HONG KONG -- Police arrested several prominent pro-democracy activists and politicians in Hong Kong on Friday ahead of a planned rally this weekend that has now been canceled.

Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow Ting, founding members of the pro-democracy group Demosisto, were among those arrested in a tightening clampdown on anti-government protests that were triggered by an extradition bill.

Wong was pushed into a car by police on his way to a railway station on Friday morning, while Chow was arrested at her home. Police said the charges were in connection with their activities on June 21, when a large number of protesters swarmed police headquarters in the city's Wan Chai district.

Both Wong and Chow were charged with participating in unauthorized assemblies and inciting others to do so. Wong faces an additional charge of organizing unauthorized assemblies. The two were later released on bail.

"The arrests and prosecution against activists will not pacify the public anger, but only make us more determined," Wong told the media after his release. The pair are subject to a curfew that bans them from leaving their houses between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Hearings on their cases are scheduled to start Nov. 8.

The arrests of the high-profile activists one day before the scheduled march on Saturday organized by the Civil Human Rights Front were part of a strategy by Beijing and Hong Kong authorities to create fear among protesters, Chow said.

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Re: Hong Kong protest 2019
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2019, 11:01:57 PM »
Hong Kong: Gruesome video of man set on fire marks escalation in violence
HONG KONG / PROTESTS - 11/13/2019

https://observers.france24.com/en/20191113-gruesome-video-man-set-fire-hong-kong-marks-escalation-violence

In a shocking incident caught on camera, a Hong Kong protester doused a man with flammable liquid and set him on fire on November 11. The man, who survived his wounds, was allegedly attacked during an altercation with protestors in the Ma On Shan neighborhood, about 20 kilometres north of the city centre. Our Observer on the ground says that there has been an escalation in violence over the past few days from both police and protesters.