Hong Kong marchers keep pressure on Lam after local vote

Hong Kong marchers keep pressure on Lam after local vote

Voters in district elections overwhelmingly chose pro-democracy candidates who now control 17 out of Hong Kong's 18 electoral districts, widely seen as a resounding message of support for the pro-democracy cause.

Secondary-school students and retirees joined forces to protest in Hong Kong on Saturday, the first of several weekend rallies planned across the city, as pro-democracy activists vowed to battle what they say are police brutality and unlawful arrests.

Congress approved the bills last week following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

While Saturday's rallies were mostly peaceful, public broadcaster RTHK reported that police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters after a vigil outside the Prince Edward metro station.

Violence in Asia's top financial hub has abated since a stunning victory by the pro-democracy camp in November 24 local elections, seen as a sharp rebuke to the city's embattled leader, Carrie Lam.

A 70-year-old retiree in a blue aviator sunglasses and a grey tracksuit, who gave his name as Ko, said seniors could offer guidance to the younger protesters.

'It is hard to predict what will happen.

Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong, some draped in American flags, have staged a "Thanksgiving" rally in the heart of the city after the approval by Donald Trump of human rights legislation aimed at protecting them.

But he quickly recovered, tucking into a red ice lolly pulled from his stocks.

"Starting from day one I have been involved in this movement and there is no reason to stop now", said Ko. We insisted on adopting a humane way to solve the crisis, university president Teng Jin-Guang told reporters, saying the next semester would go ahead on time. "In my view, this is hopefully just a modest spat, nothing that will take China away from the big picture - safeguard its own economy by finding a deal with the USA on trade". We are here to give them advice and moral support.

Three events are planned for Sunday, including a march to the United States consulate to thank American leaders for legislation backing the city's protest movement.

There too, demonstrators said they wanted to press their advantage after the district council vote.

A Japanese government source also said Abe, who has tried to build a personal rapport with Trump, could struggle to obtain USA understanding about Xi's state visit to Japan, at a time when Washington and Beijing are divided over trade and security issues.

The main rally dispersed as night fell but some protesters moved to other parts of the city, setting up the possibility of clashes later in the evening.

The Hong Kong protests began over legislation, since scrapped, that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, and have expanded to include a broad range of demands for police accountability and greater democracy.

"I want to beg everyone to remain highly restrained during the hours covered by the letter of no objection".

Hong Kong police have arrested 5,890 people as a result of the protests.

A video from the neighbourhood that emerged online also showed a protester brutally assaulting a man as he attempted to clear a barricade. "The victim suffered a serious head injury and was sent to hospital".

"Given the immediate commercial challenges and the fact that our position has deteriorated in recent weeks, we must take swift action to adjust our budget operating plan for 2020 downwards again", Chief Executive Augustus Tang said in the memo.

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