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World Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters plead for U.S. help

18:20  14 october  2019
18:20  14 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States. They chanted “Fight for Freedom

HONG KONG , Oct 14 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States. They chanted "Fight for Freedom

HONG KONG, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States.

Anti-government demonstrators march in protest against the invocation of the emergency laws in Hong Kong, China, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas © REUTERS/Umit Bektas Anti-government demonstrators march in protest against the invocation of the emergency laws in Hong Kong, China, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

They chanted "Fight for Freedom, Fight for Hong Kong" as they gathered peacefully near central government offices in the Admiralty district of the Chinese-ruled city only hours after police said violent protests had escalated to a "life-threatening level."

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  Hong Kong's ban on masks at protests sparks night of violent protests Hong Kong woke to a city transformed Saturday, after protesters went on a rampage across the territory in reaction to the government's use of emergency powers to ban masks at demonstrations. 12/50 SLIDES © Vincent Yu/AP Photo A masked protester holds up his hand to represent the protesters' five demands as he walks next to a banner reading "Hong Kong police deliberately murder" on Oct. 5. 13/50 SLIDES © Kevin On Man Lee/Penta Press/Shutterstock A statue depicting Hong Kong protesters parade in Mong kok, on Oct. 4.

The protesters are pressing Hong Kong officials and their overseers, the authoritarian Communist Tens of thousands attended, many of them carrying American flags. “The power of Hong Kong people alone is limited, and we need other countries, such as the U . S ., to help us counter China and

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States. They chanted "Fight for Freedom

A small bomb exploded and a policeman was stabbed on Sunday night, the latest violence in four months of unrest in which police have responded to petrol bombs and rocks with tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and sometimes live rounds.

Emergency laws introduced on Oct. 5 banning face masks at rallies and carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail sparked some of the worst violence since the unrest started.

On Monday night, many protesters wore face masks in defiance of the ban.

Speakers urged the United States to pass a Hong Kong human rights act to ensure democracy for the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

"Make Hong Kong Great Again," read one poster. Some protesters waved the U.S. flag and carried "Uncle Sam" recruitment posters reading "Fight for Freedom, Stand with HK."

Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad

  Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday that the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms that has rocked the city for months "becomes so bad" but reiterated the government still hopes to resolve the crisis itself. Lam urged foreign critics to accept that the four months of protests marked by escalating violence were no longer "a peaceful movement for democracy."She said seeking Chinese intervention was provided for under Hong Kong's constitution but that she cannot reveal under what circumstances she will do so." I still strongly feel that we should find the solutions ourselves.

Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States. They chanted "Fight for Freedom

"All of the Hong Kong people feel hopeless and the government hasn’t listened to our voices so we need the USA to help us," said protester Edward Fong, 28.

The protesters are angry at what they see as Beijing's tightening grip on the city which was guaranteed 50 years of freedoms under the "one country, two systems" formula under which it returned to China. Beijing rejects the charge and accuses Western countries, especially the United States and Britain, of stirring up trouble.

The unrest poses the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. He warned that any attempt to divide China would be crushed.

"Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones,” Xi said in a meeting on Sunday with leaders in Nepal, where he was visiting, according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

Hong Kong's Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising worsens

  Hong Kong's Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising worsens Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms in the city worsens, but she reiterated the government still hopes to resolve the crisis on its own without seeking mainland intervention. SENATOR CALLS ON NBA TO CANCEL GAMES IN CHINA AMID GROWING CONTROVERSYLam urged foreign critics to accept the reality that the four months of protests marked by a sharp escalation in violence was no longer "a peaceful movement for democracy.

Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States.

US just backstabbed their allies in Syria, so what do you expect them to do for Hong Kong ? In fact, Trump already spoke in favor of the Chinese Both countries would likely be partially or completely destroyed and the death toll would far surpass the population of Hong Kong . War is an option

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Police Officer Is Stabbed in Hong Kong During Flash-Mob Protests

  Police Officer Is Stabbed in Hong Kong During Flash-Mob Protests A police officer was stabbed in Hong Kong on Sunday, police officials said, in what appeared to be an escalation of the street violence that has gripped the city for months, as flash-mob gatherings unfolded across town. The gatherings, in more than half of the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s 18 districts, were the first significant unrest since Hong Kong was convulsed by violence a week earlier over opposition to a ban on face masks at public gatherings.

'THEY ARE RIOTERS, CRIMINALS'

In contrast to Monday night's peaceful protest, rallies descended into chaos on Sunday with running skirmishes between protesters and police in shopping malls and on the streets.

Black-clad activists threw 20 petrol bombs at one police station, while others trashed shops and metro stations.

A crude explosive device, which police said was similar to those used in "terrorist attacks," was remotely detonated as a police car drove past and officers were clearing roadblocks on Sunday night.

A police officer also had his neck slashed by a protester.

"Violence against police has reached a life-threatening level," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Tang Ping-keung.

"They are not protesters, they are rioters and criminals. Whatever cause they are fighting for it never justifies such violence."

Protests have attracted millions of people but have gradually become smaller in recent weeks. Yet violence by hardcore activists has risen, prompting debate over tactics. But they say they remained united.

"Violence is always undesirable, but in the case of Hong Kong, we have no other option," said regular protester Jackson Chan, 21.

"In June, 2 million took to the street and demonstrated peacefully, yet the government showed a complete disregard to the public opinion... Escalation of violence is inevitable," Chan said.

On Monday, speakers called on U.S. senators to vote for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, saying it would be their "most powerful weapon."

The bill supports human rights in Hong Kong with measures under consideration such as annual reviews of its special economic status and sanctions on those who undermine its autonomy. The text will not be finalized until it passes both houses of Congress and is signed by the president.

"We are exhausted and scared, many of us have been detained and tortured... We believe international help will come one day," said one speaker.

Police have fired thousands of rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets at brick- and petrol bomb-throwing protesters and arrested more than 2,300 people since June, many teenagers. Two people have been shot and wounded.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is due to deliver her annual Policy Address on Wednesday amid pressure to restore confidence in the government.

Hong Kong is facing its first recession in a decade because of the protests, with tourism and retail hardest hit. (Additional reporting by Anne Marie Roantree and Donny Kwok in Hong Kong Writing by Michael Perry Editing by Robert Birsel and Nick Macfie)

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