HONG KONG (REUTERS, DPA, XINHUA) – Demonstrators planned to stage another sit-in at Hong Kong’s international airport on Monday (Aug 12) and to rally outside police headquarters at night amid public outcry over the heavy-handed police response to anti-government protests over the weekend. What started out as peaceful marches across Hong Kong island and the Kowloon peninsula escalated into two days of clashes between protesters and riot police. By Sunday night, the violence had intensified, with police firing tear gas into an underground station to disperse demonstrators. Video footage from Sunday also showed police using batons and violent force to detain protesters. The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that fresh demonstration plans included some calls for one million people to descend on the airport after reports that one protester was seriously injured when a beanbag round, a non-lethal bullet used by police, hit her in the eye. The Post … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests set to resume after violent weekend clashes
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Defiant protesters unleashed chaos and violence across Hong Kong on Monday in an unprecedented escalation of radical action against the government and police, even as the city's embattled leader toughened her stance and warned that they had gone beyond protests to attack the nation's sovereignty. After calling a citywide strike aimed at crippling traffic and daily business, protesters throughout the day and into the night besieged police stations in Tin Shui Wai, Tai Po, Sha Tin, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wong Tai Sin, Sham Shui Po, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan, launching arson attacks at some of them. Police fired tear gas in flashpoints stretching across seven districts, saying they were using "minimal force" to disperse radical protesters who blocked more than a dozen main roads and three major tunnels, set up barricades, started fires, and attacked law enforcers with petrol bombs, bricks and other projectiles. More than 80 people were arrested, nine of them in the working-class neighbourhood of … [Read more...] about Protesters unleash chaos across Hong Kong in citywide rampage
HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - From stick-wielding mobs who attacked activists to one pro-independence group accused of stockpiling explosives, the latest unrest in Hong Kong has prompted new fears that protesters and the China-backed government are heading toward a violent confrontation. In one case, Hong Kong residents - many wearing the black shirts favoured by protesters - were attacked in a train station near the mainland border by groups of men wearing white shirts. In a separate episode, police arrested three men after finding volatile explosives and separatist campaign material in a raid on an industrial area. Elsewhere, police fired tear gas at protesters who had surrounded China's local government headquarters, defaced the national emblem, declared a provisional legislature and spray-painted the exterior with slogans like "Liberate Hong Kong" and "Revolution of our time." The incidents were part of the seventh-straight weekend of protests in the former British colony, and illustrate … [Read more...] about Hong Kong tempts China’s ire as protests take more violent turn
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. As I write, it appears that the rallyists have won a temporary victory. The much maligned extradition bill has been temporarily withdrawn. During the initial rallies, the police tried to disperse the rallyists using tear gas and rubber bullets. Today, hundreds of thousands of protesters have surrounded the … [Read more...] about Hong Kong defies China
HONG KONG: Hong Kong witnessed its largest protest since the city’s 1997 handover to China on Sunday as hundreds of thousands came out to oppose plans to allow extraditions to the mainland. The crowds wanted the city’s pro-Beijing leaders to scrap the proposals – but there is little sign of that happening, and the issue has plunged the city into a political crisis. What’s the law all about? The city’s government is pushing a bill through the legislature that would allow extraditions to jurisdictions with which it does not already have a treaty -- including mainland China. They say it is needed to plug existing loopholes and prevent the city from becoming a bolthole for fugitives. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says safeguards are in place to protect the city’s free speech, and to ensure political cases will not be affected by the extradition law. She also argues that the law meets international standards for human rights, and that only serious crimes … [Read more...] about Why is Hong Kong’s China extradition plan so controversial?