The Hong Kong Protests, June 2019: Photos, videos, reports, etc…

..22 June 2019..




21 June 2019.. bv..…20 June 2019.. Kong’s press freedom watchdog filed a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) on Monday claiming police caused bodily harm to 26 journalists during several days of protest against the city’s controversial extradition bill.The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said the alleged misconduct was a breach of the Basic Law. It called on the Chief Executive to set up an independent committee to ascertain whether a top-level order was the cause of the incidents.

Members of Hong Kong’s legislature met Wednesday for the first time since the largest anti-government protest in the city’s history, with many opposition lawmakers slamming the pro-Beijing administration’s handling of the crisis.

Hong Kong has been shaken by a series of massive demonstrations against a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, and the city’s police force has been criticised for using excessive force to disperse protesters.

Videos of police beating unarmed protesters went viral and sparked public anger, and the tactics were widely condemned. Police said force was necessary to fend off protesters throwing bricks and metal bars.

In a tense session, opposition lawmakers grilled Hong Kong’s head of security, John Lee, over the clashes.

Many pro-democracy members of the Legislative Council wore black and carried white chrysanthemums in tribute to a man who fell to his death while protesting the law.

Some placed placards on their desks reading “No China Extradition” and “Withdraw, Withdraw” — referring to the controversial bill.

“We are sad that some people were hurt while expressing their views,” Lee said, as he repeated the government’s apology for the turmoil caused by the bill.

He said police were responding to threats from protesters, but opposition lawmakers ridiculed his comments.

– ‘Utterly unconvincing’ –

“The police were well-trained, and you have all the gear and you say the police were under threat,” pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said.

“This is utterly unconvincing.”

An opposition lawmaker was due to introduce a non-binding motion of no-confidence in pro-Beijing chief executive Carrie Lam, but it was not tabled before the session was adjourned. The motion was not expected to pass in the body, which is dominated by Lam’s camp.

Council president Andrew Leung said there would not be a session on Thursday. It was not immediately clear when the council would meet again.

Lam suspended the extradition bill after the first mass rally on June 9, and June 12 clashes between police and protesters.

But that failed to quell public anger and protesters staged an even larger rally on Sunday which drew over two million people, according to organisers, who demanded the bill be withdrawn and Lam resign.

Lam apologised Tuesday and indicated the law is unlikely to be revived, but did not announce a formal withdrawal and vowed to continue as the city’s leader.;_ylt=AwrXgiJX4wld7UgA5i3QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTEyYmQzYmV0BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjc2MDlfMQRzZWMDc3I-


As Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her latest apology Tuesday over her bungled attempt to push through a controversial extradition law, activists in mainland China busily posted video of the statement — again and again and again.
Each time, though, Chinese censors swiftly took the images down.
Censorship has long been a fact of life in China, where comments conveying dissent, activism or criticism of authorities are removed posthaste from the internet and where access to many Western media and social media sites is banned, in what is sometimes referred to as the “Great Firewall of China.”

In recent days, censors have also been working assiduously to erase content of the Hong Kong rallies, or anything that evokes their spirit. Even a tune that protesters sang during the marches, “Can You Hear the People Sing,” from the musical “Les Miserables,” has been excised from QQ, one of China’s most popular musical streaming sites.
China Digital Times, a California-based website that monitors Chinese censorship, reportedthat Chinese authorities had ordered media to delete any video related to the Hong Kong protests. The term “Let’s Go Hong Kong” was also censored.
One mainland activist told The Times he stayed awake all night after the two largest mass protest marches, trying to stay ahead of censors by sharing video and photos in mainland social media chat groups — only to see them disappear almost immediately.

For more:…..18 June 2019..

Now that is a hell of a photo of the Hong Kong protests.




‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’ an unlikely anthem of Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong’s protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets.


FILE PHOTO – Protesters attend a demonstration demanding Hong Kong’s leaders to step down and withdraw the extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaProtests around the world often develop their own soundtrack, usually songs with lyrics of defiance and solidarity, aiming to keep crowds energized and focused.But the hymn taken up in Hong Kong hardly ticks those boxes.For the past week, the hymn has been heard almost non-stop at the main protest site, in front of the city’s Legislative Council, and at marches and even at tense stand-offs with the police.It started with a group of Catholic students who sang several Christian songs at the main protest site, with “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” catching on among the crowd, even though only about 10 percent of Hong Kong people are Christian.“This was the one people picked up, as it is easy for people to follow, with a simple message and easy melody,” said Edwin Chow, 19, acting president of the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students.The students sang the songs in the hope of providing a cover of legitimacy for the protest. Religious gatherings can be held without a permit in the financial hub.“As religious assemblies were exempt, it could protect the protesters. It also shows that it is a peaceful protest,” Chow said.

The hymn was composed in 1974 by Linda Stassen-Benjamin in the United States for Easter. Its five words are repeated over four stanzas in a minor key, which gives it an air of meditative solemnity.The protests over the past 10 days have been largely peaceful although police on Wednesday last week used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.“Stop shooting, or else we sing ‘Hallelujah to the Lord’,” read one protest placard after the rubber bullets were fired.Protesters say the religious song has often helped defuse tension with the police.“It has a calming effect,” said Timothy Lam, 58, a Catholic priest at Grace Church Hong Kong, 58-year-old Lam, who has attended the protest with other churchmen to promote peace.“The police had a lot of equipment, they were very tense and searching people. The students sang this to show they were peaceful,” Lam said of a confrontation last week.Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government leader, Carrie Lam, has postponed the introduction of the extradition bill and apologized in the face of the huge show of opposition.Critics say the law would undermine Hong Kong’s independent judiciary and rule of law, guaranteed by a “one country, two systems” formula under which the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.Carrie Lam is Catholic and some protesters said they thought their adoption of “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” might have helped sway her.“She is Catholic after all, it’s one of the main reason we sing it,” said Jamie, an 18-year old student who is not Catholic.

Reporting by Marius Zaharia, Jessie Pang and Felix Tam; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Robert Birsel for taking part?

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