Hong Kong braced on Friday for further demonstrations and a “stress test” of the city’s international airport at the weekend, as nearly three months of anti-government protests showed no sign of abating.
Multiple protests are planned for Friday, including a march by accountants to government headquarters and a “Baltic Chain” event where protesters will join hands across different districts in the Chinese territory.
In 1989 an estimated two million people joined arms across three Baltic states in a protest against Soviet Union rule which became known as the Baltic Way or Baltic Chain.
If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt! https://t.co/eFxMjgsG1K— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
US President Donald Trump said Thursday that a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists could lead to a “happy” ending to months of protests.
“If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!” Trump tweeted.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong’s airport Tuesday as pro-democracy protesters staged a second disruptive sit-in at the sprawling complex, defying warnings from the city’s leader who said they were heading down a “path of no return”.
The crisis, which has seen millions of people take to Hong Kong’s streets, was already the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of the semi-autonomous city since its 1997 handover from Britain.
China’s state-run newspaper People’s Daily today released a video that appears to show military vehicles being mobilised to a mainland city bordering Hong Kong.
The clip captures armoured fighting vehicles entering a ‘service area’ one after another while other military vehicles were travelling on a highway.
The news outlet said the footage had emerged on social media today without commenting on its authenticity.
However, the paper warned that Chinese law gives the country’s People’s Armed Police Force the right to deal with riots, chaos, serious violent incidents, terrorist attacks and other incidents regarding social security.
Chinese state news agency has lashed out at pro-democracy Hong Kong activists, branding them as minions who plotted the anti-government movement in secret with their American masters.
Xinhua said in a commentary that a small group of people masterminded the unrest to bring chaos and turmoil to the city after frequently travelling to the U.S. to meet with Washington’s senior officials.
The article also called the activists ‘national scum’ who colluded with foreign forces to harm Hong Kong’s development.
Second car rams into crowd as chief executive Carrie Lam warns city is being pushed to ‘the verge of a very dangerous situation’
Tensions escalate with swaths of city paralysed by its first general strike in 50 years
Riot police in Hong Kong have fired teargas and rubber bullets on protesters in at least five locations as demonstrators staged a daylong citywide strike during which two cars rammed the crowds.
Officers charged protesters who had occupied roads, surrounded police stations, and staged a rally near government offices on Monday. Police fired multiple rounds of teargas, pepper spray and rubber bullets and had arrested 82 people by the early evening.
Protesters brought Hong Kong to a standstill today (Aug. 5) as they waged a major citywide general strike in the latest escalation of their nine-week-long protest movement. As the weekend of guerrilla protests across different districts of the city gave way to the start of the regular work week, protesters coordinated actions to paralyze train lines and block roads.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong is bracing for the largest citywide strike in decades on Monday (Aug 5), after about 14,000 people from 20 sectors vowed to join the industrial action against the now-abandoned extradition bill, first called for by staff unions of transport operators and social workers.
But business leaders have warned the employees of a government and an economic backlash.
Protesters were set to launch the strike in eight districts — Admiralty, Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Tai Po, Tsuen Wan, Wong Tai Sin, Tuen Mun and around the theme park Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Hong Kong protesters removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into the city’s iconic Victoria Harbour on Saturday after a pro-democracy rally once again continued into the evening despite police warnings to stick to a short, pre-approved route.
Tens of thousands of black-clad protesters filled a major road in a usually bustling market district where shop owners had shuttered their storefronts in anticipation of a prolonged demonstration. They also blocked a tunnel and surrounded police stations where non-emergency services were suspended.
The protest was the latest in a summer-long pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory. While the rallies have been largely peaceful, they have increasingly devolved into skirmishes with police after some protesters refused to disperse at assigned times.