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World Hong Kong democracy protesters aim for massive turnout at rare sanctioned march

23:45  07 december  2019
23:45  07 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Here’s what you need to know: Faced with public anger, the city’s leader makes a rare apology. Huge turnout reflects people’s anger and distrust of leadership. Protesters denounce the police’s response. Protesters held a vigil where a protester died. Who’s leading the protests ? Everyone and no one.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters marched for full democracy on Wednesday and The turnout , estimated by organizers at 48,000, was one of the The march comes nearly two weeks after Hong Kong ’s legislature vetoed a Beijing- sanctioned electoral reform

Hong Kong protesters are hoping to get out huge crowds later Sunday as they try to keep pressure on the city's pro-Beijing leadership six months into their movement pushing for greater freedoms and police accountability.

a group of people on a city street: Millions of Hong Kongers have hit the streets in protests fuelled by years of growing fears that authoritarian China is stamping out the city's liberties© DALE DE LA REY Millions of Hong Kongers have hit the streets in protests fuelled by years of growing fears that authoritarian China is stamping out the city's liberties

The semi-autonomous financial hub has been battered by the often violent demonstrations pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability in the starkest challenge the city has presented to Beijing since its 1997 handover.

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The city’s protest tradition. Hong Kong has had a long tradition of peaceful marches attended by Szeto Wah, a pro- democracy lawmaker and union leader, who helped organize the events, insisted The protesters also called on Britain, the former colonial ruler of Hong Kong , to declare that China

Thousands take to streets after Beijing announces review of case that could stop two pro-independence MPs taking seats.

a person standing in front of a store: Activists say anger is building once more after chief executive Carrie Lam ruled out any further concessions despite pro-democracy candidates winning a landslide in local council elections© DALE DE LA REY Activists say anger is building once more after chief executive Carrie Lam ruled out any further concessions despite pro-democracy candidates winning a landslide in local council elections

Millions have hit the streets in protests fuelled by years of growing fears that authoritarian China is stamping out the city's liberties.

The last fortnight has seen a marked drop in street battles and protester vandalism after pro-democracy candidates won a landslide in local council elections, shattering government claims that a "silent majority" opposed the movement.

a large body of water with a city in the background: Sunday afternoon's march will follow a well-worn route on the main island from Victoria Park to the heart of the commercial district© Anthony WALLACE Sunday afternoon's march will follow a well-worn route on the main island from Victoria Park to the heart of the commercial district

But activists say anger is building once more after chief executive Carrie Lam and Beijing ruled out any further concessions despite the pro-establishment drubbing.

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Image caption Protesters defaced the emblem of Hong Kong and raised a British colonial flag. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted that "UK support for Hong Kong and its freedoms is Thousands then joined a mostly peaceful pro- democracy march on Monday afternoon.

Violent clashes have erupted between Hong Kong police and protesters at the end of a peaceful A sanctioned , daytime demonstration against the bill earlier in the day had drawn tens of The violence broke out shortly after police had cleared the streets following an hours-long standoff with protesters

The city's police have taken the unusual step of allowing the Civil Human Rights Front to hold a march through the main island on Sunday -- the first time the group has been granted permission since mid-August.

Organisers have billed it as a "last chance" for Lam to meet their demands which include an independent inquiry into the police's handling of the protests, an amnesty for those arrested, and fully free elections.

Hong Kong's protests are largely leaderless and organised online. They were initially sparked by a now abandoned attempt to allow extraditions to the mainland but have since morphed into a popular revolt against Beijing's rule.

The CHRF, which advocates non-violence, has been the main umbrella group behind record-breaking rallies earlier in the summer that saw huge crowds regularly march in searing heat.

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HONG KONG — Pro- democracy demonstrations in two of Hong Kong ’s most crowded shopping districts came under attack on Friday from unidentified men who assaulted protesters and tore down their encampments

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters marched for full democracy on Wednesday and called on the Chinese-controlled city's leader to resign, just weeks after lawmakers voted down an electoral reform package backed by China. The turnout , estimated by organizers at

- Commuter chaos threat -

Authorities have repeatedly banned major rallies in recent months citing the risks of violence from hardcore protesters.

Large crowds have simply ignored the bans, sparking near weekly tear gas and petrol bomb clashes that have upended Hong Kong's reputation for stability and helped tip the city into recession.

Sunday afternoon's march will follow a well-worn route on the main island from Victoria Park to the heart of the commercial district.

It comes a day before the city marks the six month anniversary of the protest movement in which some 6,000 people have been arrested and hundreds injured, including police.

Online forums used to organise the movement's more radical wing have vowed to target the morning commute on Monday if there is no response from Lam.

Years of huge, peaceful democracy marches have made little headway, leading to increased radicalisation among some Hong Kong protesters and a greater willingness to embrace violent tactics.

But there is little sign Lam is willing to budge, leading to fears the lull in street clashes will be temporary.

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Hong Kong has enjoyed a period of relative calm since, a state the new police chief said he hoped could be maintained. "In the last two weeks the city was Later on Friday, protesters plan a smaller rally against police use of tear gas, which they say is excessive and harming innocent bystanders.

Protestors arrested in Hong Kong 02:14. Story highlights. Huge crowds march in Hong Kong calling for democracy on the anniversary of handover. Large crowds had turned out for a 5 km march through the city's central business district Tuesday, in a massive show of defiance against Beijing's

Since the local elections the city's chief executive has remained steadfast in her opposition to further concessions and Beijing has stuck by her even as she languishes with record low approval ratings.

The police force's reputation has also taken a hammering.

A new poll released on Friday by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme, which has tracked public sentiment for years, showed record disapproval for the force with 40 percent of respondents now giving the force the lowest mark of zero.

Over the last two days the city's new police chief Chris Tang has been in Beijing where he met with senior party figures including public security chief Zhao Kezhi who gave his "strongest backing" according to official reports.

Tang, who has continued his predecessor's policy of rejecting calls for an independent inquiry, said his officers would clamp down on any violence at Sunday's march.

"If there is arson, petrol bombs or damage to shops, we will take action," he told reporters in Beijing.

"But for minor issues, we will handle in a flexible and humane manner," he added.

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