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Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary
The [police] officer fired the single pistol shot as protesters swarmed toward him, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo said, hitting the 18-year-old on the left side of his chest. Lo defended the action as "reasonable and lawful," saying the officer feared for his life and had no other choice. ...
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Local TV stations showed two officers with bloodied faces pointing pistols as protesters who sought to spoil the Oct. 1 anniversary of Communist rule fought pitched battles with riot police.

Video that spread quickly on social media appeared to show the officer opening fire as the masked teenager came at him with a metal rod, striking the officer's shooting arm. Taken by the City University Student Union, it showed a dozen black-clad protesters throwing objects at a group of police and closing in on the lone officer who pointed his gun and opened fire.

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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 10:41:58 PM EST
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Hong Kong teen shot by police is charged with rioting, attacking officers
A police statement said the case against Tsang will be heard by a court Thursday afternoon. He will be among seven people charged with rioting and faces two additional counts of attacking police, the statement said.

It is unclear if Tsang will appear in court, as the charges can be made in his absence. Rioting carries a possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Thousands of people rallied Wednesday to demand police accountability for the shooting, with many saying the use of lethal weaponry [by police] was unjustified.

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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 01:54:30 AM EST
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wut: "This is a Henry VIII situation. This is basically, I say what is law ... and I say when that ceases to be law. That's not how our constitution works."

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by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 12:05:00 AM EST
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written Constitutions are showing themselves to be remarkably pliable in the hands of autocrats.

Laws are no defence when the lawyers and the judges are your creatures

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 02:02:48 PM EST
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c'mon. That's what they all say, when they lose a case.

When they win? OH BOY! Justice has bin SERVED!!!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 05:10:03 PM EST
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Perhaps democratic constitutions should acknowledge (Platonian/Confucian...) discretion of (presumably) wise, virtuous executive leaders, so the voters would have some fear of wrong god.
by das monde on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 07:30:18 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:06:42 PM EST
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Fifth Columnists, freelance division

Escobar | Behind Hong Kong's Black [Bloc] Terror, 13 Oct

"Revolution in Hong Kong", the previous preferred slogan, at face value a utopian millennial cause, has been in effect drowned by the heroic vandalizing of metro stations, i.e., the public commons; throwing petrol bombs at police officers; and beating up citizens who don't follow the script. To follow these gangs running amok, live, in Central and Kowloon, and also on RTHK, which broadcasts the rampage in real-time, is a mind-numbing experience.

I've sketched before the basic profile [16 Sep] of thousands of young protestors in the streets fully supported by a silent mass of teachers, lawyers, bewigged judges, civil servants and other liberal professionals who gloss over any outrageous act - as long as they are anti-government.

But the key question has to focus on the black blocs, their mob rule on rampage tactics, and who's financing them. Very few people in Hong Kong are willing to discuss it openly. And as I've noted in conversations with informed members of the Hong Kong Football Club, businessmen, art collectors, and social media groups, very few people in Hong Kong - or across Asia for that matter - even know what black blocs are all about.

Vltcheck | Some in Hong Kong Feel Frustrated, as Their City is Losing to Mainland China, 3 Oct

While the Mainland Chinese cities have almost no extreme poverty, (and by the end of 2020 will have zero), in Hong Kong, at least 20% are poor, and many simply cannot afford to live in their own city. Hong Kong is the most expensive place on earth. Just to park a car in could easily cost over US$700 per month, for just working hours. Tiny apartments cost over a million US dollars. Salaries in Hong Kong, however, are not higher than those in London, Paris or Tokyo.

The city is run by an extreme capitalist system, `planned' by corrupt tycoons/developers. The obsolete British legal system here is clearly geared to protect the rich, not the majority. That was essentially why the "Extradition Bill" was proposed: to protect Hong Kong inhabitants from the unbridled, untouchable, as well as unelected de facto rulers.

But there is this `deal', negotiated before Hong Kong was returned where it belongs, which is - to China. "One country, two systems". It is an excellent contract for the turbo-capitalist magnates, and for the pro-Western "activists" [29 Sep]. And it is extremely bad one for the average people of Hong Kong. Therefore, after months of riots sponsored by the West, the Hong Kong administration scrambled the bill.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 03:57:18 AM EST
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APsplainin | Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan
Chan is wanted by Taiwan authorities for allegedly killing his girlfriend during a trip to the self-ruled island last year. He was not sent back to face charges because there's no extradition agreement. He was however jailed in Hong Kong on money laundering [!] charges and is due to be released this week.
Lam told local broadcaster RTHK that she felt "relief" at Chan's decision to hand himself in to Taiwanese authorities. Taiwan's Ministry of Justice urged Hong Kong on Thursday to keep Chan in prison and investigate him for the killing [?!], but Lam and other Hong Kong officials have ruled that out.
Anarchists' Journal: 7.5M whathaveyous - 2M "black-clad frontline protesters" and "peaceful marchers" = 5.5M whatnots
Independent.ie | Hong Kong violence explodes after activist 'attacked by triads'
Tensions ran high after Jimmy Sham, the leader of the Civil Human Rights Front, which called the march, was attacked earlier in the week by men wielding metal poles and hammers. Witnesses said that those responsible for the assault were associated with pro-Beijing* triads blamed for previous violence against protesters. ... Politically motivated attacks have been on the rise while protesters are now [?!] vandalising shops, banks, and businesses associated with mainland China.
APsplainin | Hong Kong descends into chaos again as ["black-clad frontline"] protesters defy ban
following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland Chinese TIES as they skirmished late into the evening with riot police, who UNLEASHED numerous tear gas rounds on SHORT NOTICE, angering residents and passers-by.
Supporters sang the protest movement's anthem, waved colonial and U.S. flags, and held up placards depicting the Chinese flag as a Nazi swastika.
"We're using peaceful, rational, nonviolent ways to voice our demands," Figo Chan, vice convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, told reporters. "We're not afraid of being arrested. What I'm most scared of is everyone giving up on our principles."
And still no PLA tanks.
* international criminal organizations are by definition anti-government but whatevs

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by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 06:46:33 AM EST
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APsplainin Hong Kong vote today. SPOILER: democracy loses because ________.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 06:33:44 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 11:39:31 PM EST
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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands take to the streets in fresh protests
"We had demonstrations, peaceful protests, lobbying inside the council, a lot of things we have done but they all failed," said Felix, a 25-year-old university graduate.

"There are still five demands," he said, referring to protesters' calls that include an independent inquiry into police behaviour and the implementation of universal suffrage. Some black-clad protesters wearing gas masks built barricades and blocked roads near luxury stores, including Armani, while others headed towards Hung Hom, a district near the ruined campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Sunday's marches, which were permitted by authorities, came as a top Hong Kong official said the government was looking into setting up an independent committee to review the handling of the crisis, in which demonstrations have become increasingly violent.
Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved American flags, with some donning Donald Trump logo hats and t-shirts, as they unfurled a banner depicting the U.S. president standing astride a tank with a U.S. flag behind him.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 at 12:08:58 AM EST
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H.R.3289 | S.1838
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act: a critical analysis

Section 6(c)1.A "assesses whether the Government of Hong Kong is 'legally competent' to administer the United States-Hong Kong Agreement for the Surrender of Fugitive Offenders." This would reaffirm the U.S. government's leverage to force the Hong Kong government to surrender individuals for extradition to U.S. authorities, including dissidents and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 09:34:39 PM EST
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