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02:50  11 november  2019
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China vows bolstered legal measures over Hong Kong protests

  China vows bolstered legal measures over Hong Kong protests China vowed Friday to prevent foreign powers interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and carrying out acts of "separatism, subversion, infiltration and sabotage."(Pictured) Riot police use pepper spray on Oct. 13.

(Bloomberg) -- A Hong Kong police officer fired three live rounds and hit two teens on Monday morning, Apple Daily reported, as protesters disrupted some subway lines following a weekend of demonstrations that resulted in 88 arrests.

a group of people on a motorcycle on a city street: Anti-Government Protests Continue in Hong Kong © Getty Images via Bloomberg Anti-Government Protests Continue in Hong Kong

The two teens fell to the ground and were apprehended by officers, the newspaper reported, citing an eyewitness at the scene. Police had no immediate comment.

MTR Corp. suspended part of the East Rail running from the New Territories to Kowloon. The disruption was “due to obstruction on tracks and train equipment being damaged,” the rail operator said on its website. Light rail services were also affected.

Hong Kong protesters gather for "emergency" call for autonomy

  Hong Kong protesters gather for Hong Kong protesters gather for "emergency" call for autonomy(Pictured) Riot police use pepper spray on Oct. 13.

The weekend protests intensified in the city after police fired a warning shot Friday in a clash with demonstrators. Activists vandalized shops and train stations, and threw Molotov cocktails at a police station in response to the death of a student during a recent protest. Demonstrators set up barricades across roads in several districts, hurled hard objects at police and damaged shops and public utilities on Friday, officials said in a statement.

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The police said tear gas and special vehicles were deployed to disperse the crowds. The arrests were for offences ranging from unlawful assembly to possession of weapons.

“Police reiterate that no violent behavior will be tolerated,” the police said in a statement. “Police will continue to take resolute enforcement action so as to safeguard the city’s public safety and bring all lawbreakers to justice.”

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The student suffered a brain injury and died Friday after falling from a parking garage near a demonstration where police used tear gas to disperse a crowd. Hong Kong police officials denied a report that their officers had chased and pushed the student. A memorial drew tens of thousands of people.

“Considering it’s the first death that’s happened at a police-people confrontation scene, it will certainly add fuel to the already strong fire of anger -- particularly when people generally have absolutely no trust in the system and the police,” said Alvin Yeung, a pro-democracy lawmaker.

China Soldiers Help Clean Up Damage in Hong Kong

  China Soldiers Help Clean Up Damage in Hong Kong Soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army took the rare step of leaving their barracks to join cleanup efforts in Hong Kong on Saturday to clear roads and other barricades set up during a week of anti-government protests. The soldiers marched from their barracks in the Kowloon Tong district in green T-shirts and black shorts around 4 p.m. This was the first time the PLA has ventured on to the streets since the unrest began five months ago. They helped crowds of people near Hong Kong Baptist University remove bricks and rubble from the roads.

Police also stormed into the popular Citywalk Mall in ​​Tsuen Wan after protesters vandalized shops deemed to be “pro-Beijing.” Some retailers closed earlier than usual.

Beijing will ensure only people loyal to it will become Hong Kong’s chief executive, damping the hopes of the pro-democracy activists as tensions rise after five months of historic unrest in the city.

The majority of representatives in Hong Kong’s cabinet, judiciary and legislative bodies should also support the central government, Zhang Xiaoming, China’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs, said in a post on the agency’s website.

a woman standing in front of a store: Anti-Government Protests Continue in Hong Kong © Getty Images via Bloomberg Anti-Government Protests Continue in Hong Kong

The city’s inability to implement Article 23 -- a law that prohibits acts of treason and subversion against the Chinese government -- and its failure to set up units to follow through were the main reasons separatist movements are on the rise, Zhang said.

In 2003, the Hong Kong government halted implementation of the controversial article in its mini constitution, the Basic Law, after rolling protests drew hundreds of thousands of people.

Anger over police tactics in the latest protests that have injured demonstrators has been a major focus of recent rallies. Hong Kong’s police watchdog has neither the authority nor the resources to effectively investigate the ongoing protests in the city, according to the Independent Expert Panel brought in to advise it.

The panel saw “a shortfall” in the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Council, according to a statement posted on the Twitter account of panel member Clifford Stott, a dean for research at Keele University in England. In July, Chief Executive Carrie Lam tasked the IPCC with conducting a fact-finding study into the unrest after growing public concern about police behavior and tactics.

At embattled Hong Kong university, a dramatic escape

  At embattled Hong Kong university, a dramatic escape At embattled Hong Kong university, a dramatic escape

The five experts of the panel were announced in September by the IPCC to advise the council as the rift between the government and protesters widened, with activists including the establishment of an independent inquiry into police conduct as one of their five demands.

“There’s a requirement for the IPCC to have increased capacity if it’s going to address the scale of events in question,” Stott said by phone. “We’re calling for that as a matter of urgency.”

The demonstrations were initially sparked by a proposed law to allow extraditions to jurisdictions including China. While the bill was withdrawn, the protests have developed into anti-Beijing expressions and demands have broadened to include democratic elections for lawmakers and the chief executive, with the extended period of unrest taking its toll on the city’s economy.

Tighten Control

The comments from China’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs “is part of Beijing’s plan to tighten control over Hong Kong and exert further pressure on the pro-democracy camp,” said Joseph Cheng, a professor at the City University of Hong Kong and a pro-democracy activist. “The present situation in Hong Kong has turned into a crisis and that’s giving Chinese leaders a reason to press for a hard line.”

Read more: Hong Kong Officer Fires Warning Shot After Death Fuels Protests

The city is due to hold elections next September for members of its lawmaking body, the Legislative Council, which are expected to be fiercely contested, given the ongoing unrest

--With assistance from Iain Marlow.

To contact the reporters on this story: Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.net;Fion Li in Hong Kong at fli59@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Daniel Ten Kate

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