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World Amnesty calls on Hong Kong to investigate police action in protests

05:15  24 september  2019
05:15  24 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Hong Kong police beat pro -democracy protesters in custody and committed acts that amount to ‘‘torture’’ during recent demonstrations, Amnesty The report comes as US lawmakers ramp up pressure on Hong Kong ’s government and could fuel more protests or support for a movement that

Hong Kong police beat pro -democracy protesters in custody and committed acts that amount to “torture” during recent demonstrations, Amnesty The report comes as U.S. lawmakers ramp up pressure on Hong Kong ’s government and could fuel more protests or support for a movement that

HONG KONG, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the Hong Kong government to investigate police use of force during nearly four months of protests, and to encourage Beijing to safeguard protesters' right to peaceful assembly.

Riot police react as they disperse crowds of anti-government protesters during a rally outside Mong Kok police station, in Hong Kong, China, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu© REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Riot police react as they disperse crowds of anti-government protesters during a rally outside Mong Kok police station, in Hong Kong, China, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Many peaceful protests have degenerated into running battles between black-clad protesters and police, who have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds and several live rounds fired into the air.

Hong Kong protests: The date which has Beijing on the edge

Hong Kong protests: The date which has Beijing on the edge For months, October 1 has loomed over the mass pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, as a whispered deadline for the ruling Chinese Communist Party to take action to end the unrest. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); On that day, Beijing will be hoping to project an image of national strength and unity with a military parade through the city to mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Amnesty International has accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro -democracy protesters , in some cases amounting to torture, criticising a "disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics".

Hong Kong protesters trample Chinese flag as protests continue – video. Protesters and police have clashed in Hong Kong in another weekend of unrest Hong Kong ’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, said she would formally withdraw a controversial extradition bill that triggered the protests in June.

Police, who have also been seen beating protesters on the ground with batons, say they have shown restraint on the streets in the face of increased violence, including protesters hurling petrol bombs at security forces.

"Ordering an independent and effective investigation into police actions would be a vital first step," Joshua Rosenzweig, head of Amnesty's East Asia regional office, said in a report.

"Authorities need to show they are willing to protect human rights in Hong Kong, even if this means pushing back against Beijing's 'red line'."

In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned in a speech marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Beijing that any attempt to undermine China's sovereignty was a "red line" that would not be tolerated.

Eight injured after Hong Kong train derails at rush hour

Eight injured after Hong Kong train derails at rush hour Eight injured after Hong Kong train derails at rush hour

( HONG KONG ) — Amnesty International has documented “reckless and indiscriminate tactics” used by Amnesty International is calling for an independent investigation after interviewing nearly two One man who was detained at a police station following a protest in August told Amnesty he was

“The Hong Kong police ’s heavy-handed crowd-control response on the streets has been One man who was detained at a police station following a protest in August told Amnesty he was severely The PROTECT Hong Kong Act would prohibit U.S. exports of police equipment there, including tear

What started as protests over a now-shelved extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial have evolved into broader calls for greater democracy and an independent inquiry into police actions.

Activists are also frustrated by what they see as Beijing's tightening grip over the former British colony that was returned to China under a "one country, two systems" arrangement in 1997.

China has said it is committed to the arrangement that ensures freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including right of assembly and an independent judiciary, and denies interfering.

In a direct challenge to Communist Party rulers in mainland China, some protesters have targeted Beijing's representative office in Hong Kong, thrown bricks outside the Chinese People's Liberation Army base and set fire to the Chinese flag.

The Asian financial centre is on edge ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Oct. 1, with authorities eager to avoid scenes that could embarrass the central government in Beijing.

Hong Kong also marks the fifth anniversary this weekend of the start of the "Umbrella" protests, a series of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 that failed to wrestle concessions from Beijing.

(Reporting by Anne Marie Roantree in Hong Kong; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Sit-in at school of Hong Kong protester shot by police .
Hundreds of Hong Kongers staged a sit-in on Wednesday outside the school of a protester who was shot by police as authorities said the wounded 18-year-old was now in a stable condition. "According to the latest information of the Hospital Authority, the current condition of the man is stable," the government said in a statement. A friend and classmate of Tsang, who gave his first name Marco, said the 18-year-old was a keen basketballer who was infuriated by sliding freedoms in Hong Kong and the police response to the protests.

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