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UK News Hong Kong protesters seek British support as campus blockade ends

17:45  29 november  2019
17:45  29 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

UK outraged at 'torture'of ex-Hong Kong consulate employee

  UK outraged at 'torture'of ex-Hong Kong consulate employee UK outraged at 'torture'of ex-Hong Kong consulate employeeSimon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British mission's business development team when he was detained, told the Wall Street Journal he was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting anti-government unrest in the city.

Team goes in to polytechnic campus to gather evidence despite claim 20 protesters are still hold up inside.

The 2019 Hong Kong protests , also known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill (Anti-ELAB) movement, are an ongoing series of demonstrations in Hong Kong triggered by the introduction of

a group of people in a store: Protesters wear masks of Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong British Consulate employee, as they gather for a rally outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong (Vincent Thian/AP) © Vincent Thian Protesters wear masks of Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong British Consulate employee, as they gather for a rally outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong (Vincent Thian/AP)

Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have rallied outside the British Consulate, urging the city’s former colonial ruler to emulate the US and take concrete action to support their cause.

The rally came as police ended a blockade of a university campus after 12 days.

Waving British flags, the activists urged Britain to ensure that Hong Kong political dissidents do not suffer the same fate as Simon Cheng, a former British Consulate employee in the city who claims he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police.

Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured him

  Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured him Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured himSimon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for almost two years, was detained for 15 days on a trip to mainland China in August.

Hong Kong police entered a sprawling university campus on Thursday at the end of a nearly two-week siege that saw some of the worst clashes between protesters and security forces to have rocked the former British colony. A team of about 100 plain-clothed police officers entered the city’s battered

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters dug in at several university campuses across Hong Kong on Wednesday, setting the stage for Nearby, protesters also blocked the entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that links Hong Kong island to the Kowloon area, according to the city’s

The rally came a day after US President Donald Trump signed into law two Bills to support democracy and human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

A Chinese flag lies amid debris at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Vincent Thian/AP) © Provided by PA Media A Chinese flag lies amid debris at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Vincent Thian/AP)

“The UK should enforce similar laws and should have done even more to support the protest movement”, said a masked rally organiser.

Activists handed a petition to a British Consulate official before leaving.

Beijing denies torturing Mr Cheng and says he was held for soliciting prostitution during a business trip to mainland China in August.

Mr Cheng says he agreed to confess to avoid harsher charges. He says he was hooded, beaten and chained to a metal frame as Chinese secret police sought information on activists involved in the protests and on Britain’s purported role.

Hong Kong students' sewer escape thwarted; row with Britain grows

  Hong Kong students' sewer escape thwarted; row with Britain grows Hong Kong students' sewer escape thwarted; row with Britain growsHONG KONG (Reuters) - Some anti-government protesters trapped inside a Hong Kong university on Wednesday tried to flee through the sewers, where one student said she saw snakes, but fireman prevented the escape by blocking a trapdoor into the system.

A protester recalls conditions inside campus and questions where the movement goes next. Support The Guardian. Support our journalism with a year- end gift. The red-brick campus in Kowloon was taken over by demonstrators as they tried to block the neighbouring cross-harbour

HONG KONG — The police returned control of Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s campus to Hong Kong universities became the centers of especially large protests this month after the death of a Some protesters managed to escape the campus by jumping fences when the police were not

a group of people posing for the camera: Protesters outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong (Vincent Thian/AP) © Provided by PA Media Protesters outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong (Vincent Thian/AP)

Mr Cheng has left the consulate and is in hiding.

Violence in Asia’s top financial hub has abated since a stunning victory by the pro-democracy camp in local elections on November 24, seen as a sharp rebuke to the city’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam.

Protesters are planning more rallies this weekend to keep up their pressure on Ms Lam, who has refused to offer any new concessions to their demands, including greater democracy and an independent probe into alleged police brutality.

At a lunchtime rally on Friday, hundreds of people chanted slogans and carried posters telling Ms Lam that “it’s time to step down”. Protesters disrupted traffic in at least two places but dispersed after police issued warnings.

Carrie Lam wearing a suit and tie: Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam speaks at a press conference in Thailand (Sakchai Lalit/AP) © Provided by PA Media Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam speaks at a press conference in Thailand (Sakchai Lalit/AP)

On Thursday night, thousands joined a large rally to thank America, on its Thanksgiving Day holiday, and to call on other countries to join the US in supporting the protest movement, now in its sixth month.

Hong Kong Open postponed amid unrest

  Hong Kong Open postponed amid unrest The European Tour cited fears over safety as the Hong Kong Open was postponed on Wednesday.The tournament – co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour – was set to take place from November 28 to December 1 at the Hong Kong Golf Club, but organisers now hope to schedule it for early next year.

Hong Kong authorities have said the Red Cross is inside the campus and that those requiring hospitalisation will be permitted to leave. Protesters are clashing with law enforcement in other parts of the city, partly as a tactic to draw police resources away from the blockaded university, giving

Hong Kong police pulled out of a university campus Friday after a 12-day blockade during which they sought to arrest pro-democracy activists holed up inside. Beijing has warned Washington of “firm counter measures” after President Trump signed legislation supporting the protesters this week.

One of the new US laws prescribes sanctions on officials found guilty of human rights abuses and requires an annual review of a special trade status for Hong Kong. The other bans the export of certain non-lethal munitions to Hong Kong police.

China has warned of strong countermeasures and Hong Kong’s government has criticised the US move as unwarranted meddling in its affairs.

During an official visit to Thailand, Ms Lam said Hong Kong’s fundamentals, including its “one country, two systems” framework, remain strong despite the unrest.

“I and my government are listening to our people with a view to resolving some deep-seated problems in Hong Kong through dialogue,” she said, adding: “Hong Kong can bounce back.”

Earlier on Friday, police lifted their blockade of Polytechnic University, a key earlier battleground with pitched battles between protesters and riot officers.

Police said they seized 3,989 petrol bombs, 1,339 explosive items, 601 bottles of corrosive liquids and 573 weapons over two days of searching.

No protesters were found inside. Some 1,100 people have already left or have been arrested by police.

A university official estimated it would take five to six months to repair the extensive damage to the campus.

Watch as demonstrators gather in Edinburgh to support Hong Kong democracy movement .
Dozens of people have gathered in Edinburgh's Old Town today to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Around 50 protesters were outside the Capital's St Giles Cathedral chanting "Fight for freedom! Save Hong Kong" around 12:15pm on Saturday.Organisers, Stand With Hong Kong anticipated hundreds of people will join similar protests across the UK in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and London this afternoon.

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