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Old January 21st, 2020, 01:29 PM   #441
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Moody's cuts Hong Kong's rating to 'Aa3' as protests continue
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Jan 21, 2020

(Reuters) - Moody’s downgraded Hong Kong’s credit rating one notch to “Aa3” from “Aa2” on Monday, saying its view on the strength in the Chinese-ruled city’s institutions and governance is “lower than previously estimated.”

The agency, however, moved its outlook to stable from negative.

“The absence of tangible plans to address either the political or economic and social concerns of the Hong Kong population that have come to the fore in the past nine months may reflect weaker inherent institutional capacity than Moody’s had previously assessed,” the agency said in a statement.

The agency also said that there has been a lack of clarity from Hong Kong’s government on its response to the direct council elections late last year that saw pro-democracy candidates win by record numbers.

“Pressures on Hong Kong’s institutions undermine its credit profile directly,” Moody’s added.

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Old January 21st, 2020, 01:37 PM   #442
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Hong Kong protests: Yuen Long mob attack victims sue police force
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Jan 21, 2020

Eight people hurt in the Yuen Long mob attack sued the police chief on Tuesday for compensation, seeking “justice for the victims and for Hong Kong” over the shocking outbreak of violence which became a turning point in the unrest which has gripped the city since June.

The legal challenge was filed half a year after the July 21 attack, in which a group of white-clad men wielding wooden sticks and metal poles indiscriminately went after travellers and protesters, injuring 45.

The attack provoked a public outcry over the police response, with officers accused of colluding with the aggressors by arriving late to the scene and failing to make arrests that night.

Democratic Party legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, who was among the injured, announced on Tuesday that he and seven other victims had filed a lawsuit, demanding a total of HK$2.7 million (US$350,000) in compensation.

“Our court case is not just for our compensation. We are looking for justice for the victims and for Hong Kong,” Lam said. “This was blatant collusion between the police and triads and marks a watershed for Hong Kong. We’ve been unable to trust the police from that point onwards.”

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Old January 23rd, 2020, 02:23 PM   #443
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Hong Kong lawmaker files case against officer who shot protester in rare example of private prosecution
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Jan 23, 2020

The Hong Kong police officer who shot a protester with a live round in November has become the first member of the force to face legal charges related to the social unrest in the city, after a lawmaker filed a case against him on Thursday in a rare example of private prosecution.

Filed by Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung, the lawsuit accuses traffic officer Kwan Ka-wing of attempted murder and shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to a person – both of which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Kwan will not appear in court, however, until the court is satisfied there is sufficient evidence to begin criminal proceedings.

While allowed for under Section 14 of the Magistrates Ordinance, private prosecutions are very rare, and ultimate control remains in the hands of the Secretary for Justice, which could choose to take over the case at any point or stop it in its tracks by refusing to endorse the indictment.

Hui said his legal team, which had studied three cases involving police use of force with an eye toward pursuing private prosecution against individual officers, had deemed Kwan’s case to have the best prospect of a conviction. They have raised HK$3.38 million (US$434,000) through crowdfunding to support their investigations.

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Arrested Hong Kong protesters stuck in limbo as cases grind forward
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Jan 23, 2020

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Derek Tai was arrested outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building last June, early in the city’s anti-government protests, which have seen millions join demonstrations over the past seven months.

Tai, a soft-spoken 21-year-old philosophy major, was one of the first protesters to be arrested. Five months later, he was charged with unlawful assembly, a crime that carries a sentence of up to three years in jail. In past cases, defendants have been sentenced to eight months.

“I didn’t really think they would charge me,” he said. Tai had planned to study in Germany this year, but like many of his peers, he now faces a potential prison term and an unpredictable future in Hong Kong.

More than 7,000 protesters have been arrested amid seven months of unrest over a since-withdrawn extradition bill. Of those, 1,092 have been charged, Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang told district councillors recently.

Just 12 people have been sentenced, Tang said, with the longest sentence, 14 months, handed down to a protester who had a petrol bomb.

For protesters like Tai, the scale of mass arrests and charges, longer-than-normal delays for hearings, and bail conditions that could land them in jail if they are arrested again have forced them to put their lives on hold - and discouraged them from returning to the streets.

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FEATURE-First love on the front lines: Coming of age in the Hong Kong protests
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HONG KONG, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Many years from now, far from the spray of water cannons and the unmistakable smell of tear gas, they will look back on their season of protest and remember exactly how they felt.

On this winter day, the march was called off early by police. Two teenagers walked under the orange glow of a highway overpass. Lights from police vans swirled ahead, but for the time being, the empty stretch of road belonged to them. The world felt entirely contained in that moment, existing only between the young couple on a Hong Kong street.

The boy tucked a stray hair behind the girl's ear and kissed the top of her head through the black T-shirt wrapped around his face. The girl took his gloved hand in hers.

Wing and Tony are two 18-year-olds in love. They are also front-line protesters in an increasingly violent pro-democracy movement that has upended this city for seven months. Normally quiet and reserved, the two have joined thousands of local teenagers in clashes with riot police all across Hong Kong, their hometown transformed into a battleground between China's growing reach and people's desire for more democracy.

But even in this extraordinary moment, there are the most ordinary of adolescent experiences, like first love.

Stories like Wing and Tony's can be found all over this city, private moments hidden amid the public chaos. Like the movement itself, their relationship is swept up in the passions and contradictions of the young: full of both conviction and uncertainty, idealism and fatalism.

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Amnesty International praises Hongkongers for standing up in face of ‘abusive policing’
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Jan 30, 2020

Amnesty International has praised Hongkongers for regularly taking to the streets since June last year in the face of what it claimed were “abusive policing tactics” that included the “wanton use of tear gas, arbitrary arrests, physical assaults and abuses in detention”.

In its annual report on the Asia-Pacific, the international human rights group also said the struggle against the established order had been repeated all over the continent.

The cover of the reports shows a picture of Hong Kong protesters using umbrellas to shield themselves from the pepper water and blue dye fired from a police water cannon during an intense clash in Admiralty last year.

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'Trust in One Country, Two Systems near record low'
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Feb 17, 2020

A pro-government think tank on Monday warned that people's faith in One Country, Two Systems is hovering near record lows and urged the government to set up a panel to advise it on the issues regarding the city's autonomy.

The think tank founded by executive councillor Ronny Tong also called for a warning system to be established to deal with people's expectations on issues, which may affect their views towards governance.

The think tank had asked the public about their thoughts on One Country, Two Systems every two months. In August, their confidence level went down 3.26, on a ten-point scale. But it bounced back slightly to 3.43 in December.

Ray Poon, a co-convenor of the think tank, explained that the slight bump was likely due to a High Court ruling that the government's mask ban was unconstitutional, the landslide victory for pro-democracy candidates in November's district council elections, as well as a review panel proposed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam to look into the cause of the protest movement.

But he said the figures still reflect a confidence crisis.

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MTR to close Yuen Long MTR station as a precaution
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Feb 20, 2020

The MTR Corporation said it would close Yuen Long Station on the West Rail Line from 5pm on Friday to "ensure the safety of its passengers and staff."

Friday marks seven months since a gang of men, dressed in white, attacked MTR passengers inside the train and chased some into the mall and beat them with sticks and rods.

Forty five people were hospitalised after the attack and residents accused police of facilitating the attack and deliberately ignoring thousands of phone calls for help.

Protesters have been organizing assemblies every month in the area since the attack. Residents accuse police of deliberately ignoring thousands of phone calls for help.

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