Over 1.7 Million Hongkongers Defy Heavy Rain to Protest Police Violence

Andrew Cummings
August 20, 2019

The editorial comes with Hong Kong gearing up for further demonstrations this week after organizers said 1.7 million people attended Sunday's protest. Running the ads is going to look bad for the company in most people's eyes, but the platform could face a backlash from free-speech supporters if it is seen to be blocking ads from a major publication, even one that is considered a Chinese government mouthpiece. About a dozen police officers were also present.

"Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground", Twitter said in a blog post Monday.

Though given the rival demonstrations spreading across the globe in solidarity with the Hong Kong protesters, it doesn't seem the paid Twitter ads are working.

Hong Kong has been engulfed by protests for the past eleven weeks with citizens demanding China should drop the extradition bill altogether after it was taken off the table in the country's legislature, the pro-democracy protesters have also turned the heat on their leader Carrie Lam demanding her resignation with several protests triggering violent reactions. The bill is now shelved, but protesters say it must be removed completely. He also said China's crackdown on Hong Kong could hurt trade negotiations.

It allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest. By midcentury, China hopes Shenzhen will serve as an example for all other cities in the world in terms of its economic competitiveness, influence and innovation capabilities.

A protester wearing an eye patch, after a woman suffered an eye injury which demonstrators blamed on a bean-bag round fired by police, walks along a street during a rally in Hong Kong on August 18, 2019.

Analysts say any intervention in Hong Kong by Chinese security forces would be a disaster for China's reputation and economy.

"Then they proposed a compromise, which was to have me write a letter of guarantee to ensure that I do not travel.to Hong Kong during this time", Lai said, adding that he had agreed to this after some consideration.

"They want to drive me out of their administrative district", he said.

"I'd like to see Hong Kong worked out in a very humanitarian fashion..."

Congress also has the power to pass legislation affecting Hong Kong's relationship with the United States in ways that could further erode the territory's reputation for stability and rule of law.

A spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department said they were not aware of threats related to the protests.

It is the financial hub's 11th consecutive week of pro-democracy protests, however this was the largest crowd to have hit the streets since the initial June 16 march, which organisers estimated drew more than two million people.

Initially triggered by opposition to a planned extradition law, the protests have evolved into a wider movement for democratic reforms. "It would be very good for the trade deal" Trump said.

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