Hong Kong Protests Update
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On Friday, August 23, 2019, supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement joined hands and lined city streets, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago, in the video “Hong Kong protesters from human chain in call for democracy“
On Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 5:30 am, the current Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, utilized social media platform Facebook to demonstrate her effort in starting a dialogue with people of Hong Kong.
Many netizens criticized the government’s past so-called “dialogue” that was not comprehensive enough, and questioned the dialogue and the delay in the conversation. We hope that the platform that is built is for the citizens of Hong Kong, and the form must break through the limitations of the past, and I and other colleagues must conduct a direct, deep and continuous interactive dialogue with the public.
Please forgive me for not being able to respond to tens of thousands of messages here. The platform is still in the process of thinking and preparation, hoping to be launched as soon as possible. Any suggestions are welcome here, the platform needs everyone, and how the platform is built all need everyone to participate.
- The complete withdrawal of the now-suspended extradition bill. (The government suspended the bill in mid-June, but protesters demanded the government completely withdraw the bill fearing that it could be reintroduced again. As Carrie Lam refused to formally retract the bill, the protests have escalated into a broader anti-government, pro-democracy movement.)
- The setting up of an independent body to investigate police violence.
- A halt to the characterization of protests as “riots”.
- An amnesty for those arrested.
- A resumption of political reform to allow the free election of Hong Kong’s leader and legislature.
Someone said on social media that Hong Kong police officers pointed guns at a civilian. But what is the truth behind the claim? In the video “Facts tell: Did Hong Kong police point guns at civilian?“
Hong Kong police drew their guns and fired a warning shot Sunday night after protesters attacked officers with sticks and rods, and brought out water cannon trucks for the first time, an escalation in the summerlong protests that have shaken the city’s government and residents. The day’s main showdown took place on a major drag in the outlying Tsuen Wan district following a protest march that ended in a nearby park. While a large crowd rallied in the park, a group of hard-line protesters took over a main street, strewing bamboo poles on the pavement and lining up orange and white traffic barriers and cones to obstruct police. After hoisting warning flags, police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Protesters responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police. The result was a surreal scene of small fires and scattered paving bricks on the street between the two sides, rising clouds of tear gas and green and blue laser lights pointed by the protesters at the police, in the video “Hong Kong Police Clash with Protesters fro 12th Week of Protests“, below:
Hong Kong police have fired a gunshot during protests for the first time since demonstrations broke out in June, in the video “Hong Kong protests: Shot fired and water cannon used-BBC News“, below:
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