Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Pro-Hong Kong and pro-China supporters clash in Melbourne

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Russell Knight | 18 August, 2019, 01:11

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (in response to China accusing U.S. of helping escalate protests): "I think the protests are exclusively the responsibility of the people of Hong Kong, and I think they are the ones that are demanding that their government listen to them and hear their voices".

The 19-year-old, along with other radical protesters, seized Fu Guohao, a Beijing-based reporter with Global Times, bounding the journalist's wrists with zip-ties on a luggage trolley at Hong Kong International Airport.

Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the global finance hub into crisis, with the communist-ruled mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions "terrorist-like". "It didn't used to be like this". Posters showing bloody clashes are stuck on street corners and there is a protest almost every night.

The images damaged a movement that until then had largely only targeted the police or government institutions, and prompted some soul-searching among protesters.

Supporters gave a thumbs-up to police officers and posed for photos with them. The peaceful turnout of 8,300 people suggested this was not the case. "Now to see it become like this, I'm not happy, so I've come out to show a little strength".

The pro-government side defends the police and blames the demonstrators for the violence in this summer's protests. They said the government should answer the protesters' demands and stop using what they called police violence to disperse demonstrators who have taken over streets and besieged and defaced government buildings.

A rally set for Sunday by the Civil Human Rights Front, which organised million-strong marches in June, has only been allowed permission for an assembly in Victoria Park on Hong Kong island, not a march, due to safety concerns.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: "The U.K. and China have a joint and legal commitment to the freedoms enshrined in the Joint Declaration, and that while we deplore any violence, peaceful protest is a basic right and should be respected". We're not doing anything wrong.

The chief executive of Cathay Pacific has resigned after the airline was embroiled in the controversy stemming from protests in Hong Kong.

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The Melbourne rally had turned ugly on Friday night, with police moving in to separate some 100 pro-China protesters from those sympathetic to Hong Kong.

Officers formed a line on a nearby street, thumping their batons on their shields before charging.

"Melbourne's Chinese students and Chinese immigrants spontaneously came and hung the national flag, supported the motherland and surrounded the pro HK independence people", one report said.

Battles between police firing tear gas and rubber bullets, and hardcore protesters using rocks, molotovs and slingshots, have since become routine in an worldwide finance hub once renowned for stability.

Western governments, including the United States, have stepped up calls for restraint, as Chinese paramilitary police have run drills close to the Hong Kong border. Dozens of army-green armored carriers and trucks were parked inside and outside the facility.

One of the employees terminated by Cathay was accused of misusing company data by posting the travel details of Hong Kong police officers on social media for the benefit of protest organizers. We support our government and the police to safeguard the rule of law.

Outside of Hong Kong, demonstrations were held in support of both the pro-democracy movement and China.

Police had to escort a lone pro-democracy supporter from the Sydney event after he was set upon by a mob of angry demonstrators. At least 748 protesters have been arrested ever since the protests broke out in Hong Kong, according to the police on Friday.

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