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World Hong Kong leader to visit Japan after huge rally, night of violence

06:10  21 october  2019
06:10  21 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Hong Kong's metro, legislature open but more protests planned for weekend

  Hong Kong's metro, legislature open but more protests planned for weekend Hong Kong's metro operator opened all stations on Friday for the first time in a week ahead of another round of anti-government protests at the weekend, while the city's legislature began its first session since protesters stormed the building in July. © Reuters/SUSANA VERA A man jumps over a turnstile at Yau Ma Tei metro station in Hong Kong Pro-establishment and democratic lawmakers shouted at each other before the start of the session, heightening tensions that have spiraled following four months of often violent pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong 's embattled leader , Carrie Lam, leaves for a visit to Japan on Monday as the Chinese-ruled city struggles to Early on Monday, Hong Kong embarked on a massive clean-up after a largely peaceful protest degenerated into violence across districts on the Kowloon

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong ’s embattled leader , Carrie Lam, leaves for a visit to Japan on Monday as the Chinese-ruled city struggles to recover from Early on Monday, Hong Kong embarked on a massive clean-up after a largely peaceful protest degenerated into violence across districts on

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's embattled leader, Carrie Lam, leaves for a visit to Japan on Monday as the Chinese-ruled city struggles to recover from a night of violence in which tens of thousands took to the streets, with further protests planned later in the day.

a group of people walking in the rain with an umbrella: Anti-government demonstrators attend a protest march in Hong Kong © Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon Anti-government demonstrators attend a protest march in Hong Kong

Lam is to attend Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in Tokyo's imperial palace on Tuesday and return home that evening.

Early on Monday, Hong Kong embarked on a massive clean-up after a largely peaceful protest degenerated into violence across districts on the Kowloon peninsula, where protesters torched stores and sprayed grafitti on roads, amid skirmishes with police.

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“ Hong Kong people, go!”, “Reclaim Hong Kong , revolution of our era!” they chanted. Observers saw Sunday’s rally , the largest in weeks, as a Hong Kong had its first teargas-free Saturday for weeks after three separate rallies took place in Kowloon. The marches this Saturday and Sunday marked

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After two weeks of relative calm in the five-month long political crisis, Sunday's large turnout reflected strong support for the anti-government movement despite police branding the march illegal, because of concerns over public safety.

Families and the elderly took to the streets of the Asian financial hub in what began as a peaceful march, many wearing masks or carrying umbrellas to shield their faces, despite the threat of being arrested.

However, a more radical faction of mainly young protesters later clashed with riot police.

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They targeted banks and other businesses perceived to be linked to China, damaging some store fronts and setting fires on the prime shopping and commercial street of Nathan Road in the heart of the Kowloon peninsula.

The events followed an annual policy speech last week by Beijing-backed Lam in which she did not address protesters' demands, but sought to ease tension with measures aimed at resolving a chronic housing shortage.

Protesters say they will keep up pressure on the government to act on their demands for universal suffrage, an independent inquiry into police behavior, amnesty for those charged, and an end to describing protesters as rioters.

Metro operator MTR Corp said it would shut the rural Yuen Long station by 2 p.m., ahead of a protest planned there later on Monday.

Several subway entrances and exits would also be shut, and the entire network would close by 10 p.m., or two hours early, to allow time for the repair of facilities, the operator said.

In Sunday's clashes, police used water cannon trucks to disperse protesters, spraying jets of blue dye into the crowds and sending hundreds fleeing.

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The leader of one of Hong Kong 's largest pro-democracy groups has been taken to hospital after being attacked. In the anti-government protests he has been one of the leaders of the Civil Human Rights Front, one of the non- violent protest groups behind several of the huge marches since June.

Hong Kong protesters are to join a global “anti-totalitarianism rally ” on Sunday, following another night of violent clashes with police after weeks of pro-democracy Police fired tear gas and water cannons on Saturday night to disperse protesters who threw petrol bombs and rocks, broke government office

In one instance, a water cannon fired a jet towards the front gate of the Kowloon mosque, Hong Kong's most important Islamic place of worship.

Blue dye still smeared the road as worshippers gathered for prayers on Monday, with many saying they did not understand why police had targeted the mosque as there had been few people nearby.

The mosque entrance and front gate had been accidentally sprayed, police said in a statement.

"Police respect religious freedom and will strive to protect all places of worship," they added.

The mosque incident is the first time the protests have affected religious groups, but the unrest has hammered much of Hong Kong's business, retail and tourism sectors.

Visitor numbers have plummeted as tourists stay away, further hampering an economy facing its first recession in a decade.

The government was trying its best to support small and medium sized enterprises as the economy has been hit hard, Hong Kong's financial secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday.

"We are studying the launch of the third round of relief measures," he wrote on his blog.

Businesses will probably have to foot the bill for the vandalism, as few had insurance for riot damage, industry insiders said.

(Reporting by Sarah Wu and Twinnie Siu; Writing by Farah Master and Michael Perry)

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Four US representatives called the removal of the HKMaps.live app "deeply concerning.""Apple's decisions last week to accommodate the Chinese government by taking down HKMaps is deeply concerning. We urge you in the strongest terms to reverse course, to demonstrate that Apple puts values above market access, and to stand with the brave men and women fighting for basic rights and dignity in Hong Kong," the letter said. The letter follows the app's removal and Cook's meeting with China's market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, according to a report from Reuters.

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