Sept 7 #HongKongProtest: The target shifts from the Airport to MTR stations…








September 7 at 2:13 PM

Hong Kong police, embroiled in the 14th week of protests in the city, received a peculiar delivery Friday night: 100 boxes of pasta topped with chunks of raw, pink chicken.

Officers at Sheung Shui Police Station opened their catered meal boxes to find the uncooked meat, the South China Morning Post reported. No one ate the meal, and police quickly ordered food from other places, the newspaper said. A memo sent out to officers on Saturday described the incident but did not identify the supplier.

Sheung Shui, an area that borders mainland China, has been roiled by several large protests in recent weeks, with calls from local residents to “reclaim” the area from Chinese tourists and merchants. It was not immediately clear whether the raw chicken was the result of a genuine kitchen mistake or linked to the unrest in Sheung Shui.

Anti-police sentiment in Hong Kong has emerged as a lightning rod in the protests that have expanded beyond activists to include shopkeepers, civil servants and students.

Since concerns about a controversial extradition bill emerged in March, riot police have unleashed tear gas and fired water cannons and rubber bullets at demonstrators, 1,200 of whom have been detained on protest-related charges. The police response has spurred an increasingly violent reaction from protesters, with recent reports of activists setting fires on the street and throwing bricks at law enforcement personnel.







HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are planning to disrupt transport links to the airport on Saturday (Sept 7) in the first mobilisation of their movement since the city’s leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.

Millions of pro-democracy supporters have taken to Hong Kong’s streets for the past three months in the biggest challenge to China’s rule since the city’s handover from Britain in 1997.

On Wednesday, the city’s unelected pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam surprised many by announcing she was scrapping a hugely unpopular extradition law that sparked the huge and sometimes violent rallies, a key demand of protesters that she and Beijing had previously refused to budge on.

She portrayed the move as a bid to de-escalate tensions and start a dialogue.

But it has been widely dismissed by protesters as too little, too late after 1,100 arrests and many facing lengthy jail sentences.

Online messaging forums used by the largely leaderless movement have called for protesters to “stress test” the airport on Saturday afternoon, filling up with suggestions for how to disrupt the road and rail links leading to the terminals.

Police have said they are on standby to mobilise and keep the vital aviation hub up and running.

Chinese premier issues first public response by top communist leader to Hong Kong protests


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday that Chinese people are able to handle their own issues, in what appeared to be the first public response from a top Chinese leader over Hong Kong’s monthslong social unrest.

Asked at a news conference about Hong Kong’s unending protests against an extradition bill, Li said the Chinese government will staunchly uphold the “one country, two systems” principle and the directives of “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong” with a “high degree of autonomy.”

“(We) support the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government in stopping violence and chaos and restoring order in accordance with the law, also to protect, maintain Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability,” he said alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a three-day trip in China.


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