World:Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned

Hong Kong gears up for fresh protests as activists target airport

Hong Kong gears up for fresh protests as activists target airport Hong Kong braced on Friday for further demonstrations and a "stress test" of the city's international airport at the weekend, as nearly three months of anti-government protests showed no sign of abating. Multiple protests are planned for Friday, including a march by accountants to government headquarters and a "Baltic Chain" event where protesters will join hands across different districts in the Chinese territory. In 1989 an estimated two million people joined arms across three Baltic states in a protest against Soviet Union rule which became known as the Baltic Way or Baltic Chain.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march Saturday as they took what appears to be a harder line on this summer's protests.

Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned© Provided by The Associated Press Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, right, and Agnes Chow speak to media outside a district court in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Wong and Chow were granted bail Friday after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march in what appears to be a harder line on this summer's protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The organizers of the march on the fifth anniversary of a decision by China against allowing fully democratic elections for the leader of Hong Kong said they were calling it off after an appeals board denied permission. It was unclear whether some protesters would still demonstrate on their own.

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned

The police commander of Hong Kong island, Kwok Pak Chung, appealed to people to stay away from any unauthorized rallies, warning that those caught could face a five-year jail term.

He told a daily news conference that he was aware of social media messages urging people to take strolls or hold rallies in the name of religion. Kwok urged the public to "make a clear break with all acts of violence and stay away from locations where violent clashes may take place."

Police have been rejecting more applications for rallies and marches, citing violence at or after earlier ones. They also are arresting people for protests earlier this summer, a step they said was a natural development as investigations were completed.

In Hong Kong, Life Goes On (Despite the Whiff of Tear Gas)

In Hong Kong, Life Goes On (Despite the Whiff of Tear Gas) Most of Hong Kong’s newspapers carried the same photo on their front pages Monday: a police officer in riot gear, his eyes wide, pointing a revolver at protesters. The photo, also beamed around the world on satellite television, captured a single, electrifying moment in months of demonstrations, which have often been described as “paralyzing” and “roiling” this city of seven million people. 

Andy Chan, the leader of a pro-independence movement, was arrested at the airport Thursday night under suspicion of rioting and attacking police. Three other protesters were taken in earlier this week for alleged involvement in the storming of the legislative building on July 1, when protesters broke in and vandalized the main chamber.

Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned
Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned

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A leader of the Civil Human Rights Front, which had called Saturday's march, said that Hong Kong residents would have to think about other ways to voice their anger if the police keep banning protests.

Riot Police Patrol Subways as Strike Planned: Hong Kong Update

Riot Police Patrol Subways as Strike Planned: Hong Kong Update Riot police patrolled key subway stations on Monday morning ahead of a planned strike that threatens to disrupt transportation in Hong Kong after another weekend of chaos left travelers stranded at the airport. Student groups are planning a range of actions like class boycotts and rallies to mark the start of the new school year. On Sunday, efforts to interfere with traffic to and from the airport prompted some travelers to walk down the highway pushing luggage, with no buses or taxis to be seen.

"The first priority of the Civil Human Rights Front is to make sure that all of the participants who participate in our marches will be physically and legally safe. That's our first priority," said Bonnie Leung. "And because of the decision made by the appeal board, we feel very sorry but we have no choice but to cancel the march."

Police arrested Wong and Agnes Chow on Friday morning. They were charged with participating in and inciting others to join an unauthorized protest outside a police station on June 21. Wong was also charged with organizing it.

"We will continue our fight no matter how they arrest and prosecute us," Wong told reporters outside a courthouse after they were released on bail.

Wong, one of the student leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014, was released from prison in June after serving a two-month sentence related to that major pro-democracy protest.

Wong and Chow, both 22, are members of Demosisto, a group formed by Wong and others in 2016 to advocate self-determination for Hong Kong. Chow tried to run for office last year, but was disqualified because of the group's stance on self-determination. China does not consider independence an option for the semi-autonomous territory.

Demosisto is not a leader of this year's movement, which describes itself as "leaderless," though Wong has spoken out regularly in support of the demonstrations.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said he thinks the situation in Hong Kong would have been much more violent if not for the U.S. trade war with China.

'I thought I was about to die': Eyewitnesses describe beatings by Hong Kong police

'I thought I was about to die': Eyewitnesses describe beatings by Hong Kong police HONG KONG - A crumpled tissue dampened with tears lies near Ng Chi Fai as he tells how a routine journey home on the Hong Kong subway landed him in a scene of terrifying chaos. Business was slow for the chef Saturday night at the restaurant where he boils, steams and fries the Cantonese dishes his customers love. The 53-year-old, a cook since the age of 18, was fretting about getting home, scrolling through the news on his cellphone as protests broke out across the city. Demonstrators were defying a police ban, angered by the arrests of a group of pro-democracy activists.

Trump said he sees a connection between Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests and the trade negotiations, and that the talks were "keeping down the temperature." He said that China wants to make a deal "and they know it puts us in a very bad position if there's not a humane way of handling the problems" in Hong Kong.

China's military deployed fresh troops to Hong Kong on Thursday in what it called a routine rotation amid speculation that it might intervene in the protests.

The protests were set off by extradition legislation that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial and expanded to general concerns that China is chipping away at the rights of Hong Kong residents.

The extradition bill was suspended but the protesters want it withdrawn and are also demanding democracy and an independent inquiry into police actions against protesters.

Demosisto first reported the arrests of Wong and Chow on its social media accounts, saying Wong was pushed into a private car as he was heading to a subway station around 7:30 a.m. and was taken to police headquarters. It later said Chow had also been arrested, at her home.

Chow echoed Wong's comments, saying "we Hong Kong people won't give up and won't be scared ... we will keep fighting for democracy."

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Associated Press writers Yanan Wang in Beijing and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and video journalist Johnson Lai in Hong Kong contributed to this report.


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