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Old November 15th, 2019, 03:36 AM   #321
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Hong Kong's government is being willfully blind to the chaos it's creating
Nov 15, 2019

In almost six months of protests, you might be forgiven for thinking Hong Kong had seen it all. And yet, this week brought a new sight: men in suits and women in heels joining with student protesters to defy police in the heart of the city's business district.

Throughout protests in Central this week, bankers, lawyers and other white collar works have taken their lunch breaks at the front lines, wearing masks and holding umbrellas. In some ways, this was reminiscent of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, when the protest camps became mini tourist attractions -- but those coming out in Central weren't simply rubbernecking, they helped build barricades and transport equipment to those on the front.

They also paid the cost: a Citi banker was reportedly arrested after a dispute with police Wednesday, and other white-collar workers appeared to be among those detained during and after clashes in Central all week.

While there are undoubtedly material causes behind the unrest -- not least the extortionate cost of housing -- the involvement of well-paid white-collar workers is the latest sign of just how badly the government has misread, or willfully ignored, the depth of antipathy towards it, even as the protests themselves become more violent and disruptive.

For months now, Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her administration have insisted that support for the protests is waning. The narrative goes that while there was widespread support for withdrawing the extradition bill that started this crisis -- as evidenced by multiple large-scale marches that brought the city to a standstill -- ordinary Hong Kongers do not approve of the growing violence and vandalism, and want to see a return to normality. This has justified Lam's hardline policy, which has relied on the police and emergency powers to stem the unrest.

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Old November 15th, 2019, 12:39 PM   #323
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Hong Kong protests: lunchtime demonstrations extend across city with hundreds of people blocking roads
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Nov 15, 2019

Hong Kong’s lunchtime protests expanded on Friday from the Central and Tai Koo business districts to more locations such as Causeway Bay and Wong Chuk Hang, with hundreds of participants at each spot and major roads again blocked.

At 12.30pm, the crowd which converged in Central set foot on Pedder Street, and blocked two lanes and left one for traffic. It was led by a few masked men in suits, followed by a few protesters dressed in black who blocked all three lanes as they chanted “five demands, not one less”.

In Tai Koo, a small crowd gathered in the square outside the One Island East office building and chanted “five demands, not one less”. They walked from Westlands Road, and blocked King’s Road.

Protesters in Wong Chuk Hang dug up pavement bricks and set up a roadblock in the now familiar pattern, with two upright bricks and one horizontal one stacked on top.

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HKJA condemns police attack on radio reporter
Nov 16, 2019
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The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) on Saturday condemned the police for pushing and alleging shooting a sponge round at a Commercial Radio reporter, as well as threatening to arrest him for "rioting".

In a statement, the HKJA said the "indiscriminate force" used against the reporter in Mong Kok on Friday night was unreasonable.

The incident reportedly happened at around 1am on Argyle Street when the police were conducting a clearance operation. The reporter, who was filming at the time, was apparently pushed and shoved by officers before being accused of rioting.

When the journalist tried to read out and zoom in on the officers' identification numbers, one of them threatened to arrest him. As he turned around and was about to leave, the reporter heard a shot and realised there was a hole in his backpack, with a sponge bullet found at the scene.

The association said it once again implored Chief Executive Carrie Lam to intervene to stop the police from hindering the work of the press.

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Residents clear a stretch of road of debris strewn by radicals in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong on Nov 15, 2019. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]



In Mong Kok, residents show similar initiative by clearing a stretch of road of obstacles put up by radicals on Nov 15, 2019. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]





In Mong Kok, residents show similar initiative by clearing a stretch of road of obstacles put up by radicals on Nov 15, 2019. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]





A street view after residents remove barricades in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong on the morning of Nov 15, 2019. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Battered Hong Hong gradually began picking up pieces as groups of local residents voluntarily cleared debris left by protesters on Friday morning after radicals caused traffic chaos for the fifth day.
In Mong Kok, Tin Shui Wai and Sai Wan Ho, three areas that bore the brunt of rioters' rampages in recent days, residents picked up bricks and trash left by protesters with hands and moved them to the roadside.
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Hong Kong protests: government should hold dialogue with demonstrators without preconditions, international peacemaking experts say
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Nov 16, 2019

The Hong Kong government should hold a dialogue with protesters without preconditions, according to international peacemaking experts who floated suggestions on how to solve the city’s unprecedented political crisis.

At a closed-door forum attended by about 400 prominent social and political figures on Saturday, they said goodwill gestures such as satisfying the protesters’ five demands – which include an amnesty for arrestees and revoking the classification of protests as riots – would open space for dialogue.

“You should try to avoid preconditions, in my view, as a way to get the parties to the table because that’s the way to get the dialogue on your terms as opposed to the other party’s terms,” said Clem McCartney, an independent consultant on conflict and community issues from Northern Ireland.

Hannes Siebert, a peace process facilitator and senior adviser to the UN who was involved in national dialogues in Lebanon, Yemen and Myanmar, said: “Ripeness [for dialogue] is not something that happens, you create it.

“You need to understand what is behind the precondition so you can address what is under the table rather than on the table.”

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Thousands show up for pride parade on LGBT rights in Hong Kong, as some wear masks and chant anti-government protest slogans
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Nov 16, 2019

Thousands from Hong Kong’s LGBT community showed up at an annual pride rally on Saturday after police banned organisers’ application for a march for the first time since the parade was held in 2008.

At Edinburgh Place in Central, a smaller crowd turned up for this year’s carnival-like event, with the theme “Equal Justice, Equal Rights”. The gathering calls for equal treatment and better protection for sexual minorities, including legislation on sexual orientation-based discrimination.

Organisers said more than 6,500 people participated in the rally, but tensions from the ongoing anti-government movement and the anti-mask law contributed to a drop in attendance as those wishing to hide their identities would be deterred. Police put the turnout at 850.

On Thursday, police rejected the Hong Kong Pride Parade organising committee’s application for a march from Victoria Park to Edinburgh Place “in the interests of public safety and public order”, only approving a rally. Earlier, organisers had estimated the number of participants this year to drop by half from 12,000 at last year’s march.

Many in colourful outfits showed up on Saturday, carrying rainbow flags as before, but some were also masked and dressed in black – the signature look of anti-government protesters.

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Inside 'Rioters' U,' the University That Has Seen Some of the Worst Clashes in Hong Kong
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Nov 13, 2019

On a leafy college campus in Hong Kong Wednesday, the usual bustle of academic activity gave way to frenetic preparations for a revolution.

Instead of book bags, the students lugged carts full of bricks to the entrance gates, where sentries in black balaclavas monitored the steady flow of incoming supplies. Classrooms were emptied of their tables and chairs, the furniture repurposed to block unwanted traffic on the roads, bridges and nearby railway tracks on which a small fire smoldered.

While lectures and study halls might have filled the schedules on any other day, this afternoon the undergraduates of the territory’s second-oldest university, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), practiced throwing Molotov cocktails behind a row of empty buses.

“Whatever happens, we must defend the university, we must not allow the police to take it,” says Simon, 21.

He studies at a different university, but he trekked here yesterday evening after students called for reinforcements as they clashed with police in some of the most violent fighting Hong Kong has seen over the past five months of unrest. Students lobbed literally hundreds of petrol bombs at police, who responded with rubber bullets and heavy volleys of tear gas. Plumes of smoke from large fires gave the campus the appearance of a battlefield.

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High Court rules mask ban law is unconstitutional
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Nov 18, 2019

The High Court on Monday ruled that the mask ban introduced by the government under emergency powers last month is excessive and the new law is unconstitutional.

The ruling that the anti-mask law is incompatible with the Basic Law follows judicial reviews brought by 24 pro-democracy lawmakers and former legislator Leung Kwok-hung over the highly controversial move which appeared only to stoke the already escalating anti-government protests.

The High Court said the mask ban is unconstitutional because the restrictions it imposes on people’s fundamental rights are more than what is necessary.

"We should also make it clear that it is not our judgement that [an] “anti mask” law is generally objectionable or unconstitutional. Its validity must, however, depend on the details of the legislation and the particular societal aims sought to be pursued by the measure being brought in through the legislation," judges Godfrey Lam and Anderson Chow said.

"We consider it to be clear that the measure adopted exceeds what is reasonably necessary to achieve the aim of law enforcement, investigation and prosecution of violent protesters even in the prevailing turbulent circumstances in Hong Kong, and that it fails to strike a reasonable balance between the societal benefits promoted and the inroads made into the protected rights."

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Britain says it is seriously concerned by violence at Hong Kong universities
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Nov 18, 2019

Britain said it was seriously concerned by the violence on both sides at Hong Kong universities and called for safe passage and medical assistance be given to those trapped at the campuses.

“The UK is seriously concerned by the escalation in violence from both the protesters and the authorities around Hong Kong university campuses,” a spokesman for the Foreign Office said.

“It is vital that those who are injured are able to receive appropriate medical treatment, and that safe passage is made available for all those who wish to leave the area. We need to see an end to the violence, and for all sides to engage in meaningful political dialogue ahead of the District Council elections on Sunday.”

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U.S. condemns 'unjustified use of force' in Hong Kong: senior official
Nov 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States condemned the “unjustified use of force” in Hong Kong and called on Beijing to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration said Sunday, as protesters battled Hong Kong police who had trapped them inside a major university.

“We condemn the unjustified use of force and urge all sides to refrain from violence and engage in constructive dialogue,” the senior U.S. official said.

“As the President has said, the United States expects Beijing to honor its commitments under the Sino-British joint Declaration and to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic way of life,” the official said.

Hong Kong police sealed off the Polytechnic University and demonstrators rampaged through a tourist district, after almost two straight days of standoffs that have raised fears of a bloody showdown.

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Explainer: Beijing hints at looming pressure on Hong Kong courts
19 November 2019
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong lawyers and scholars keen to safeguard the territory's vaunted legal independence were alarmed on Tuesday by a statement from a Chinese parliamentary body questioning a Hong Kong court's decision to overturn a ban on face masks imposed to quell months of violent protests.

WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT?

Amid intensifying street violence in recent weeks, the strength and importance of Hong Kong's rule-of-law traditions have been cited by both anti-government protesters and the city's rulers as vital to its future freedoms and stability.

WHAT DID THE STATEMENT SAY?

A statement attributed to a committee of China's top lawmaking body questioned the power of Hong Kong's High Court, which on Monday overturned a recent local government ban on face masks made under a little-used emergency regulations provision.

The court said the ban was excessive and unconstitutional under the Basic Law - the document that outlines the extent of Hong Kong's freedoms and autonomy, and has guided relations with Beijing since the 1997 handover from British colonial rule.

Issued by the legislative affairs commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the statement said Hong Kong courts had no power to rule on the constitutionality of the city's laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported. [nL3N27Y3K4]

Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office also expressed concern at the ruling, as did Xie Chuntao, a deputy director of the Communist Party's Central Party School.

"Who has the right to interpret the Basic Law of Hong Kong? It is ... very clear that only the NPC Standing Committee does, and any other organisation does not," Xie said in Beijing.

IS IT THAT SIMPLE?

Some experts in Hong Kong and beyond don't think so.

They say it is clear through precedents set by Hong Kong's highest court, the Court of Final Appeal, that the city's courts have the power to declare local legislation unconstitutional. They accept, however, that the Basic Law gives the NPC Standing Committee the ultimate power of re-interpretation.

That power has been so far used sparingly, which is widely seen as a reflection of the delicate balance between Hong Kong's British-based legal traditions and Beijing's ruling Communist Party leadership.

Simon Young, a professor at the University of Hong Kong's law school, said that while it could be "mere opinion", the statement could also point ultimately to a decision that curbs local courts.

It would be troubling, he said, if it indicated "a looming re-interpretation that would fundamentally transform what may be regarded as the recognised power of the Hong Kong courts to declare legislation unconstitutional".

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The government, the police and the protesters, each have their faults.

Though those who instigate violence and destruction as a form of protest is totally unacceptable.
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For this year, it was The Extradition Bill.

And not it has been withdrawn, they are now asking for five demands!
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U.S. Senate passes HK rights bill backing protesters, angers Beijing
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing.

Following the voice vote, the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act” will go to the House of Representatives, which approved its own version last month. The two chambers will have to work out their differences before any legislation can be sent to President Donald Trump for his consideration.

“The people of Hong Kong see what’s coming - they see the steady effort to erode the autonomy and their freedoms,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio said at the start of the brief Senate debate, accusing Beijing of being behind the “violence and repression” in the Asian financial hub.

The Senate passed a second bill, also unanimously, that would ban the export of certain crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong police forces. It bans the export of items such as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns.

Under the first Senate bill, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special U.S. trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial center. It also would provide for sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.

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