Violent scenes in Hong Kong ahead of Chinese National Day
Hong Kong police fired water cannon, rubber bullets and round after round of tear gas at petrol-bomb and brick-throwing protesters on Sunday in some of the most widespread violence in more than three months of anti-government unrest.
Proudly flying the Chinese flag, around 200 Hong Kongers from pro-Beijing groups rallied across the city ahead of Chinese National Day on Tuesday (October 1).
Some demonstrators calling for the end of opposition protests which have gripped the city for months.
(SOUNDBITE) (English)50-YEAR-OLD, SINGING CHINESE NATIONAL ANTHEM PARTICIPANT, MANDY CHAN, SAYING: ''I am proud as a Chinese, I am proud (of) living in Hong Kong, I am proud today is the day to celebrate China's 70 year's birthday.
I wish the kids in Hong Kong will wake up because they don't know what the future going to be.
I know they will wake up, It's just matter of time.'' Meantime, anti-Chinese protesters were flying flags from across the globe.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER MR FONG SAYING: "For today is to connect people around the world to give pressure upon the Beijing government, not to Carrie Lam anymore.
This is upon Hong Kong situation, it is a protest against the tyranny of Beijing.
That's the message." But their march quickly descended into chaos, with some of the most violent scenes in more than three months of civil unrest.
Protesters threw petrol bombs and bricks at government buildings..
Riot police fired water cannon with blue dye to easily identify protesters - as well as rubber bullets and rounds of tear gas.
Carrie Lam - the city's chief executive and the focus of much of the anti-government unrest - will leave for Beijing on Monday (September 30) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.
More protests are expected across the city as National Day approaches.
CNN reports Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested early Monday. Lai is known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China. The arrest comes under the new security law imposed on the city last month by Beijing, which bans "collusion with foreign forces." The Hong Kong Police Force say seven people were arrested, aged 39 to 72. Charges against them include collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
On Monday, US stocks climbed 300-points. Investors warmed to President Donald Trump's weekend stimulus orders against China tensions and new coronavirus cases. On Saturday, President Trump signed executive actions extending coronavirus aid after Congress failed to come to an agreement last week. US-China tensions escalated when China imposed fresh sanctions on several members of Congress over Hong Kong.
In a controversial move, Jimmy Lai, a media mogul in Hong Kong was arrested reportedly under a new security law. He is the owner of Next Digital Ltd which runs the flagship newspaper, Apple Daily. Police personnel were seen carrying boxes out of Lai's organisation's office. The news organisation has backed pro-democracy protests rocking the city since last year when Beijing tried to enforce a controversial extradition law which critics said was an assault on Hong Kong's autonomy. Large-scale, and sometimes violent, protests have gripped the territory in opposition to an alleged assault on the 'one country, two systems' principle which has ensured that the former British colony enjoys greater personal freedoms than mainland China. Beijing's critics have also slammed the new security law, calling it a tool to crush dissent and protests. It contains punishment for charges like secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Lai has reportedly been accused of the last one. Many countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom have also unequivocally criticised the security law. However, pro-China voices claim that the legislation will help end unrest and bring 'normalcy' back to the city. Watch the full video for more.
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. Soraya Ali reports.
Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials were “clowning actions” that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people. Olivia Chan reports.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election for the city's legislature for a year because of a spike in novel coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition hoping to make gains in the vote. Soraya Ali reports.
Conservative former minister Lord Duncan of Springbank held his mask in frontof his face as he asked a minister a question, which is likely to raisequestions over whether this was in line with the rules regarding facecoverings. Lord Duncan appeared aboard a speeding train on screens in theHouse of Lords chamber as he asked a question about engagement with thedevolved administrations in a scheme to allow eligible Hongkongers to move tothe UK.
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Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has applied to run for a seat in the Chinese-ruled city's legislature, raising the prospect of a battle with authorities after being barred from running in previous polls. Joe Davies reports.
Australia is considering safe haven proposals for Hong Kong residents, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, after China imposed a new national security law on the financial hub. Libby Hogan reports.
US President Donald Trump on Monday said that the US "has already responded" in many ways to the sanctions posed by Beijing on American officials and added that phase-1 deal with China means "very little". Trump told reporters here. He asserted that China should not have allowed the global spread of COVID-19. Trump further went on to say that China is treated "way more differently" than the US. Speaking about the Iran and US deal, the US President said, "Iran would make a deal with the US within a month if he wins the elections in November". However, with regard to a deal with China, he said that Washington "may not want" to have a deal with Beijing.
Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested on August 10 on charges of "collusion with a foreign country". Apple Daily, a fiercely pro-democracy newspaper that regularly takes on the Hong Kong government and the Chinese leadership. He is denounced by Chinese officials, pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong, and China's state-run news media. According to Apple Daily, 72-year-old Lai was being investigated on charges of partnering with a foreign country. Besides Lai, his two sons have also been arrested on charges of violating company business code. The authorities are probing Lai's private investments as well. The draconian law is aimed at crushing dissent in the erstwhile British colony which saw massive pro-democracy protests last year. The legislation came into effect on July 1, 2020.