HONG KONG — After months of public unrest and criticism that she was ignoring the demands of protesters, Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, came face to face on Thursday with the fury and frustration coursing through the city during a question-and-answer session billed as a community dialogue. Inside a stadium ringed by hundreds of chanting protesters, Mrs. Lam, the Hong Kong chief executive, acknowledged the widespread anger after 16 weeks of protests that have presented the government with its biggest political challenge in decades. “In recent days, the people have lost trust in the police and the government. This is hard to fathom but it is a reality,” she said. “In a time when trust is lacking, we need to have a dialogue with one another.” Many of the 70 people randomly chosen to ask questions among the 150 allowed inside were visibly emotional, and they did not mince words, harshly criticizing Mrs. Lam and at times ending their allotted … [Read more...] about Carrie Lam Comes Face to Face With Angry Hong Kong Residents at Town Hall
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HONG KONG — As the government tries to quell increasingly violent protests, Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Friday invoked emergency powers to ban face masks, deploying a rarely used law that could inflame tensions and, critics fear, tar the city’s reputation as a cosmopolitan and open financial hub. The move, according to two people familiar with the decision, comes three days after tens of thousands of people joined antigovernment protests on Oct. 1, China’s National Day, despite a police ban on demonstrations. In several districts across the territory, those protests quickly turned into violent clashes with the police, and included the shooting of an 18-year-old student demonstrator by a police officer. The ban on face masks — enacted by Carrie Lam, the city’s chief executive — will take effect at midnight Friday. It is unclear whether the ban will apply to all protests or just illegal gatherings. Demonstrations are planned on Friday … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Leader Invokes Emergency Powers to Ban Masks During Protests
Who lost Hong Kong? It’s a question that should worry – and anger – western politicians and voters as they watch from afar the slow, merciless strangulation of the former British colony’s courageous pro-democracy movement. Once the grand panjandrums of China’s ruling Communist party have completed Tuesdays national day celebrations, additional, potentially fatal twists of their state security garrotte appear inevitable. The malign nature of Beijing’s looming actions may only be intensified by the large-scale demonstrations planned in Hong Kong to coincide with the People’s Republic’s 70th anniversary. Multiple protests and strikes are going ahead despite official bans, pre-emptive arrests, brutal police tactics and media intimidation. But they look destined to end in more damagingly futile violence, similar to that seen at the weekend. If Hong Kong’s battle for democracy – meaning universal suffrage, direct elections, civil … [Read more...] about Is defeat inevitable for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement? | Simon Tisdall
October 1 was meant to be a carefully choreographed showcase of China’s military and economic might on the 70th anniversary of communist rule, and a celebration of the strongman president, Xi Jinping. But after a picture-perfect parade was beamed around the world from Beijing, the one part of the country that is not under his full control ripped up the playbook, with the people of Hong Kong pouring on to the streets to challenge Xi’s vision for China. By mid-afternoon in Hong Kong an 18-year-old student had been shot point blank in the chest by a policeman, swathes of the city were engulfed in violent chaos and Beijing’s militaristic anniversary celebrations had been swept from international headlines. “This was meant to be such a celebration but it’s really a PR disaster,” said Louisa Lim, a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and author of The People’s Republic of Amnesia, a book about the 1989 protests against the Chinese … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protesters rain on China’s anniversary parade
By HALEY WILLIS and AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER | Oct. 1, 2019 | 3:19 In a major escalation of violence since protests began four months ago, the Hong Kong police fired a live round at a protester from point-blank range. We analyzed the footage to create a comprehensive picture of what exactly happened. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Police Shot a Protester at Point-Blank Range. We Break Down What Happened.