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UK NewsHappy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat

11:15  18 september  2019
11:15  18 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Horses race at Happy Valley . Photos: Kenneth Chan. The Jockey Club expected there could be an issue and moved the race Hong Kong Bet was due to compete in to the start of But on top of the Ho situation, there were also concerns about other potential protests around Causeway Bay, which also

HONG KONG — Black-clad protesters hurled gasoline bombs at government offices in central Hong Kong on Sunday, as a day that began with a peaceful march by The police also used water cannons on Sunday after protesters vandalized a subway station and hurled bricks and gasoline bombs at a

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter waves a flag in a shopping mall at Harbour City in Hong Kong

By Donny Kwok and Twinnie Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Jockey Club cancelled all races planned for Wednesday after pro-democracy protesters said they would target the world-famous Happy Valley racecourse where a horse part-owned by a pro-China lawmaker was due to run.

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter is escorted out of a shopping mall after waving the national flag of China, by anti-government people at Harbour City in Hong Kong

The Jockey Club said it had been "monitoring the situation" closely in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, which has been rocked my more than three months of sometimes violent protests.

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Hong Kong protests : government fails to find PR firm to rescue battered image. Read more. Sparked by a now-withdrawn bill to allow extraditions to the mainland, the protests have turned increasingly violent with clashes between police and hardcore protesters becoming frequent.

Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hardcore pro -democracy protesters who Master filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai once said that when he came up with the idea for Happy Together Virtually everyone in Hong Kong has reasons to protest . Take the cleaning contingent - who must do

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter waves a flag in a shopping mall at Harbour City in Hong Kong

"It has conducted a thorough risk assessment of the race meeting tonight and concluded that it should be cancelled in order to preserve the security and safety of people and horses," the club said in a statement, without specifically mentioning the protests.

One horse due to have run in the evening programme is part-owned by lawmaker Junius Ho, who has taken a firm line on the protesters, calling them "black-shirted thugs".

Ho was not immediately available for comment.

Happy Valley, nestled in the hills of Hong Kong island, is a tightly populated, up-market residential area next to the Causeway Bay shopping district. There has been a horse-racing track there since just after British colonial rule began in the mid-1800s.

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HONG KONG — Hundreds of students marched through a Hong Kong campus on Monday and broke the glass on several doors to protest the arrest of a college reporter who was taken into custody during a rally this weekend for carrying what his school’s president described as a table knife.

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter is escorted out of a shopping mall after waving the national flag of China, by anti-government people at Harbour City in Hong Kong

Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas on Sunday to disperse protesters, many of them masked and wearing black, who threw petrol bombs and set fires in Causeway Bay and the nearby Central district.

In a direct challenge to Beijing, some protesters threw bricks at police outside the Chinese People's Liberation Army base and set fire to a red banner proclaiming the 70th anniversary on Oct. 1 of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Demonstrators are angry about what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in their city's affairs despite a promise of autonomy.

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter waves a flag in a shopping mall at Harbour City in Hong Kong

The spark for the protests was planned legislation, now withdrawn, that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial. But they have since broadened into calls for universal suffrage.

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HONG KONG — Pay attention to Hong Kong . The three months of protests here speak volumes about the state of democracy today — how the human quest for freedom can’t be snuffed out, even by the most powerful autocratic systems

Hong Kong University is another story; a hotbed of protest , some of it enlightened, where the golden hit in humanities is to analyze China as a “perfect dictatorship” where the CCP did nothing but ratchet up crude nationalism, militarism and “aggression,” in propaganda and in dealing with the rest of Asia.

Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that ensures freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

Sunday's violence followed a peaceful rally outside the British Consulate where protesters said "one country, two systems" was dead and urged Britain to call on China to stand by its promises.

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter watches as another pro-China supporter is escorted out of a shopping mall by anti-government people after he waved the national flag of China, at Harbour City in Hong Kong

China says it is committed to the arrangement, denies meddling and says the city is an internal Chinese issue. It has accused foreign powers, particularly the United States and Britain, of fomenting the unrest and told them to mind their own business.

Happy Valley horse races abandoned after Hong Kong protest threat © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A pro-China supporter is escorted out of a shopping mall by police after waving the national flag of China, at Harbour City in Hong Kong

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be inappropriate U.S. involvement in another country's affairs.

Many football fans defied the law to boo the Chinese national anthem ahead of a soccer World Cup qualifier against Iran last week.

Iran beat Hong Kong 2-0.

(Additional reporting by Clare Jim: Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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