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UK NewsHong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer

17:10  24 august  2019
17:10  24 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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HONG KONG — Protesters in Hong Kong attempted to storm the parliament on Tuesday in opposition to an Protesters have been met with the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by police. The protests mark the latest flare-up in longstanding tensions over Hong Kong ’s relationship with the

Hong Kong police have used tear gas , pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who have massed outside government buildings. Thousands of protesters blocked entry to the government headquarters, delaying a legislative session on a proposed extradition bill.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Protest in Hong Kong

By Jessie Pang and Donny Kwok

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Protest in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a gritty industrial suburb on Saturday after activists threw petrol bombs and bricks, as China freed a British consulate worker whose detention had fuelled tensions.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Protest in Hong Kong

Four MTR subway stations were closed around Kwun Tong, a densely populated area of the Chinese-ruled city on the east of the Kowloon peninsula, but thousands packed the streets anyway, most carrying umbrellas against the sun.

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Hong Kong police opened fire with tear gas in the early hours of this morningCredit: AFP or licensors. "The UK signed an internationally binding legal agreement in 1984 that enshrines the one country two systems rule, enshrines the basic freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and we stand

Hong Kong police use tear gas to disperse thousands of pro -democracy protesters outside China has also condemned the protest , and offered "its strong backing" to the Hong Kong government. Police used pepper spray and repeatedly shot tear gas into the air to drive back the protesters from

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Protest in Hong Kong

Police used tear gas after some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and bricks and others tore up "smart" lamp posts equipped with surveillance cameras. Others had set up roadblocks with bamboo scaffolding.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

It was the first use of tear gas in 10 days after a series of mostly peaceful demonstrations in the former British colony.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

"Give me democracy or give me death," was spray-painted on a wall, an illustration how the demands of the protesters have expanded beyond the withdrawal of a bill that would have allowed extraditions to China.

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HONG KONG —A standoff over China ’s encroachment on this city’s legal autonomy deepened, with hundreds of police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters , as the financial center’s Beijing-backed government showed no signs of yielding during a second day of widespread demonstrations.

By Martin Yip, BBC News Chinese , Hong Kong . The morning after the most violent protests Hong Hong Kong has entered into extradition agreements with 20 countries, including the UK and the US, but Media playback is unsupported on your device. Media captionPolice use tear gas on protesters .

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

The government said in a statement the protesters "posed a serious threat to the safety of everyone" at the scene.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN Demonstration outside Radio Television Hong Kong Broadcasting House headquarters in Hong Kong

"After repeated warnings to the protesters..., police officers deployed tear gas and minimum force to disperse protesters," it said.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

There were sporadic, smaller protests elsewhere in the territory which continued after nightfall. Police fired tear gas in a running battle with protesters blocking a highway in the Wong Tai Sin district, to the northwest of Kwun Tong.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

The airport and the roads and railways leading to it operated normally despite plans by protesters to implement a "stress test" of transport links after weeks of unrest.

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At least 72 people injured in Hong Kong protests . From CNN’s Ben Westcott. A protester is helped by medical volunteers after being hit by tear gas fired by European and US agencies: Representatives from the European Union have met with Hong Long leaders and expressed concern over the bill.

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The airport was forced to close last week after protesters thronged the main terminal for several days, grounding around 1,000 flights and occasionally clashing with police.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN People shout slogans during a protest outside Radio Television Hong Kong Broadcasting House headquarters in Hong Kong

The wider calls for democracy have plunged the city into an unprecedented crisis posing a direct challenge for Communist Party leaders in Beijing.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN Posters and notes are pictured on a gate of Radio Television Hong Kong Broadcasting House headquarters during a protest outside in Hong Kong

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrines a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong since it was handed back from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN Police officers stand guard during a protest outside Radio Television Hong Kong Broadcasting House headquarters in Hong Kong

One Kwun Tong protester showed off a tattoo on her arm which read "Hong Kong add oil", a common encouragement for the protest movement.

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Demonstrators were met with tear gas , pepper spray and batons as they attempted to storm Hong Kong ’s Legislative Council on Wednesday.CreditCreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times. Tear gas was deployed as protesters managed to delay the legislature’s debate. Riot police officers turned

[…] In Hong Kong , anger with the Chinese government runs especially deep among people in their 30s and younger. This week, thousands of university students Protesters swarmed on Hong Kong ’s Admiralty overnight and gathered at police barricades surrounding more demonstrators who had

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators stand behind barricades during a protest in Hong Kong

"I love Hong Kong very much. Even though I may not come out to protest regularly, I still want to mark down this moment,” Bu Chan, 25, told Reuters.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators stand behind barricades during a protest in Hong Kong

Hundreds took part in an "anti-fake news" protest, with people waving the Hong Kong and China flags and targeting government-funded broadcaster RTHK. A station spokeswoman, Amen Ng, rejected claims that RTHK was engaged in fake news.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators attend a protest in Hong Kong

CONSULATE WORKER FREED

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators attend a protest in Hong Kong

British consulate staffer Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days for violating public security management regulations, police in Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong, said on their Twitter-like Weibo account.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators stand behind barricades during a protest in Hong Kong

Police said Cheng was released as scheduled on Saturday and that his legal rights and interests had been observed. They also said Cheng had confessed to accusations against him, a commonly used comment by Chinese police, even though Cheng was not given a chance to defend himself in court.

Beijing confirms detention of official from British consulate in Hong Kong

Beijing confirms detention of official from British consulate in Hong Kong An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday, adding that the employee is from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter. An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday. The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London's "interference" in pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for three months.

HONG KONG — Pro -democracy protesters , some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas , expanded their China has called the protests illegal and endorsed the Hong Kong government’s crackdown. The clashes — images of which have been beamed around

A series of sit-in street protests , often called the Umbrella Revolution (雨傘革命) and sometimes used interchangeably with Umbrella Movement (雨傘運動), or Occupy Movement (佔領行動)

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Demonstrators attend a protest in Hong Kong

Cheng had now returned to Hong Kong, his family said on his Facebook page.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Demonstrators attend a protest in Hong Kong

No details were given of his detention, with the Facebook post asking the "media and friends to give them some time and space, and we will explain more later".

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators build barricades during a protest in Hong Kong

Some protesters in recent days had demanded Cheng be released. Britain said it welcomed the news.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators attend a protest in Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways, which has become the biggest corporate casualty of the protests after China demanded it suspend staff involved in the demonstrations, protested against a planned rally by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions around the airport's "Cathay City" HQ on Monday.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH A flag demanding independence for Hong Kong is pictured during a protest in Hong Kong

"We have also reiterated to our employees that there is a zero-tolerance approach to any support for or participation in illegal protests, violent activities or overly radical behaviour," it said in a statement.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest in Hong Kong

There is no sign of a let-up almost three months after the anti-government demonstrations began. On Friday night, thousands of chanting protesters formed human chains around the city in a peaceful protest dubbed the "Hong Kong Way".

China detains employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission, UK urged to act

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Police doused pro -democracy protestors in Hong Kong with tear gas and pepper spray Sunday, as protests outside government headquarters intensified. Organized by students, the protest began Friday, continued Saturday and reached a chaotic point Sunday, when police used tear gas to clear a

Hong Kong Protesters Expand Their Tactics, Meet More Resistance. Protesters react after police fired tear gas during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the Supporters of free and open elections in Hong Kong march through the city streets ahead of a crucial vote on

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators build barricades during a protest in Hong Kong

Authorities have so far refused to meet any of the protesters' five key demands, including calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality, a full withdrawal of the extradition bill, and full democracy.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Demonstrators build barricades during a protest in Hong Kong

Organisers are planning a host of protests in the coming weeks including a mass march, a city-wide strike and class boycotts at universities.

Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH A man observes people marching during a protest in Hong Kong

(Reporting by Anne Marie Roantree, Jessie Pang, Marius Zaharia, Tyrone Siu, Joyce Zhou, Donny Kwok and Twinnie Siu; Writing by James Pomfret and Nick Macfie; Editing by Ros Russell)

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