Hong Kong protesters kick off new weekend of rallies

17 Août, 2019, 14:41 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • The likelihood of renewed clashes over the weekend remains high

At the pro-government rally, speakers on a stage said they love both Hong Kong and China and asked the protesters why they are afraid of China. And, as Beijing tightens its grip on Hong Kong, the future they see approaching is that of an authoritarian mainland China with curbs on the freedoms and rights they now enjoy.

In a statement, the company said: "Amazon has always and will continue to acknowledge the longstanding and widely recognized policy of 'one China, two systems.' Every country where we operate has different laws, and we will continue to respect those local laws where we do business".

He added that the unfolding situation was "solely the internal affairs of China" and warned foreign governments, including Australia's, to not support Hong Kong's protesters or interfere.

Radical protesters in Hong Kong have abandoned their peaceful protests and unfortunately some of them have turned into violent mobs who smashed the parliament, ransacked the police stations and threw bricks and petrol bombs on the streets, Tony Jiang said.

"I know violence can not fight violence but sometimes aggression is needed to attract the attention of the government and others", he said.

Hong Kong has seen over two months of violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police, with authorities accused of deploying heavy-handed tactics towards protesters.

Mobilized through social media, the Stop Riots in Hong Kong rally was predominantly made up of Chinese students living Down Under.

Cathay is the biggest airline in Hong Kong and its airport, which was shut down earlier this week by protesters, is the carrier's hub.

SA Police separate pro-china and pro-Hong Kong students during a protest outside the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

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University student unions called for Britain and the United States to support Hong Kong democracy protesters, even as Beijing airs elaborate conspiracies of "foreign interference" and "black hands" being behind the protests and warned western countries not to get involved.

Police there were forced to intervene when a counter protest began.

The crisis is also resulting in corporate casualties, with the chief executive of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quitting on Friday after China's aviation regulator demanded it suspend staff involved in or supporting the protests.

Meanwhile, a second pro-Hong Kong rally was held in Melbourne's CBD after protesters clashed with Chinese nationalists overnight.

Thousands of mostly young protesters forced a shutdown of flights at the city's Chek Lap Kok worldwide airport on Monday, disrupting flights until late Tuesday.

Among the demands are calls for a now-shelved extradition bill to be entirely scrapped, which has prompted further calls for increased democracy, the resignation of Mrs Lam, and an independent investigation into the use of police force.

"If Hong Kongers don't love Hong Kong, get the f*** out".

"We also want to express our view against the "Hong Kong is not part of China" message spread around by some pro-Hong Kong people, we promote peace and support the Hong Kong police".

"Any attempt to mess up Hong Kong is doomed to fail".

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