(Bloomberg) — Tensions spiked in Hong Kong forward of what could possibly be a 13th straight weekend of protest, as police arrested a number of high opposition figures together with Joshua Wong after banning a mass march scheduled for Saturday.
The strikes signaled a tougher line by the federal government in opposition to the largely leaderless protest motion, which started in June over a invoice permitting extraditions to mainland China earlier than morphing right into a wider push in opposition to Beijing’s rising grip on the town. Whereas Wong and a fellow activist had been later launched on bail, the arrests might gasoline unauthorized gatherings which have sparked confrontations with police in current weeks.
Embattled chief Carrie Lam this week referred to as for a dialogue with the opposition whereas refusing to rule out invoking a sweeping colonial-era legislation that permits for simpler arrests, deportations, censorship and property seizures. The unrest within the Asian monetary hub now threatens to distract from China’s celebrations of the Oct. 1 70th anniversary of Communist Social gathering rule.
Right here’s the most recent (all occasions native):
Wong Vows to Battle (6:01 p.m.)
After being launched on bail, Wong and Agnes Chow, one other democracy activist who was arrested, vowed to proceed the battle for democracy. He additionally warned Chinese language President Xi Jinping about utilizing power to quash the protests.
“I urge the worldwide neighborhood to ship a message to President Xi, sending troops or utilizing emergency ordinance is just not the best way out,” he stated.
Wong, Chow Granted Bail: Ming Pao (5:05 p.m.)
Wong and Agnes Chow, one other democracy activist, had been granted bail, Ming Pao newspaper reported, citing the presiding decide. Their listening to has been adjourned till November 8.
China Rejected Lam’s Concession: Reuters (2:23 p.m.)
The Chinese language central authorities earlier this summer time dismissed a proposal by Hong Kong Chief Govt Carrie Lam to withdraw the controversial extradition invoice, Reuters reported on Friday. Beijing ordered Lam to not yield to any of the protesters’ different calls for at the moment, the report stated, citing three unidentified folks with direct information of the matter.
District Councilor, Distinguished Activists Arrested (1:04 p.m.)
Sha Tin District Councilor Rick Hui was arrested and was at Kwun Tong police station, his assistant stated. It got here after distinguished younger activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow had been arrested Friday morning, in keeping with their Demosisto occasion. The group stated the 2 had been taken to the Wan Chai police headquarters and that that they had organized legal professionals to deal with the circumstances.
Police confirmed the arrest of a 22-year-old man with the final identify Wong on three alleged offenses, together with organizing and inciting others to take part in unauthorized meeting. In addition they confirmed the arrest of a 22-year-old girl with the final identify Chow.
Protesters Cancel March (12:03 p.m.)
Key protest organizer the Civil Human Rights Entrance stated it will cancel Saturday’s deliberate march after failing to acquire a police allow, the group’s Vice Convener Bonnie Leung stated. CHRF stated it didn’t need members to bear the authorized penalties of collaborating in an unlawful meeting. Hong Kong authorities earlier rejected the group’s attraction, she stated.
Andy Chan Arrested (9:53 a.m.)
Radio Tv Hong Kong reported that pro-independence activist Andy Chan, founding father of the banned Hong Kong Nationwide Social gathering, was arrested on the metropolis’s airport. It got here the morning after Chan posted about his imminent detention on his private Fb web page.
Cathay Warns Workers (8:40 a.m.)
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. warned employees not to participate in subsequent week’s basic strike, in keeping with an inside memo despatched from Tom Owen, the corporate’s director of individuals. These taking part within the strike danger getting fired, the memo stated. Cathay will monitor attendance carefully, it stated. It reiterated that it had zero tolerance for any help or participation in unlawful protests. “Cathay Pacific Group doesn’t approve of this strike,” Owen stated within the memo.
A disruption of airport infrastructure has been deliberate for Sunday afternoon, together with a protest exterior the British consulate within the metropolis heart.
There are then requires a two-day citywide basic strike to start Monday, accompanied by rallies kicking off at 1:30 p.m. in varied elements of the town. Some college students additionally plan “class boycott” rallies.
Strike rallies will proceed Tuesday afternoon, together with at Chater Backyard, within the central enterprise space. College students plan to protest once more.
–With help from Natalie Lung, Annie Lee and Justin Chin.
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