Hong Kong authorities deny protester death claims after police raid

Officials say there were no casualties during violent police clearance of subway station The Hong Kong government has denied persistent rumours that anti-government protesters may have died during a violent police clearance of a subway station last weekend. In the clarification made in a rare joint conference between three Hong Kong emergency services departments and the citys subway operator officials repeated for the sixth time in little over a week that no casualties occurred on 31 August at Prince Edward …

Hong Kong protests: police use water cannon on demonstrators

Hundreds of thousands had braved rain to stage peaceful march in triad-linked district Hong Kong police have fired teargas and for the first time used a water cannon to disperse protesters as a weekend of violent clashes dashed hopes of a return to peace after a week of relative calm. Hundreds of thousands of people had earlier braved rain on Sunday to stage a peaceful, police-sanctioned march in Tsuen Wan, an area of the city noted for its links with …

UK travellers’ phones could be checked at Hong Kong border

Devices may be examined at crossings to mainland China, Foreign Office says British travellers heading to Hong Kong have been told their electronic devices could be checked at the border with mainland China. The Foreign Office, which has updated its travel advice due to continuing protests, said: In light of ongoing protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong, there are reports of greater scrutiny from mainland authorities at border crossings between the mainland and Hong Kong. This includes reports that travellers …

Hong Kong airport authority cancels flights over protests

Tourists remain in airport during demonstration, with flights to resume on Tuesday Hong Kong protesters have shut down one of the worlds busiest airports in a dramatic escalation of the mass demonstrations that have plunged the city into its worst political crisis in decades. The unprecedented cancellation of all flights followed the fourth consecutive day of protests at the airport and amid increasingly threatening statements from Beijing. A Chinese official said terrorism was emerging in the city, while in Hong …

Hong Kong’s lawyers march against ‘political prosecutions’

Around 3,000 legal professionals pile pressure on justice department in ninth week of protests Thousands of Hong Kongs legal professionals have staged a march to put pressure on the citys Department of Justice over what they say are political prosecutions of protesters, after Lily Kuo and white shirt attack in Yuen Long, compared to the speed of charging so-called rioters, theres a difference in how police handle the case. JL was part of the thick line of legal professionals dressed …

Hong Kong protests descend into chaos during citywide strike

Police fire teargas and rubber bullets in clashes with thousands of demonstrators Lily Kuo and an attack on commuters last month in Yuen Long by suspected gang members. One witness, a 33-year-old hotel employee who only wanted to give his surname, Cheung, said a group of about 20 men with wooden rods, some in white T-shirts, had approached the protesters. Both sides were shouting at each other and they rushed toward us and beat us hitting with wooden rods and …

Anger as Hong Kong protesters appear in court on rioting charges

Detained protesters, including teenage students, each face up to 10 years in prison A pilot, a nurse and several teenage students were among 40 people who appeared in a Hong Kong courtroom on Wednesday facing up to 10 years in jail on rioting charges over their role in mass protests that have convulsed the city since June. Anger at the potential heavy sentences brought hundreds of demonstrators to the courtroom doors in support of the group inside, chanting revolution of …

China calls for Hong Kong to swiftly punish radical protesters

Beijing offers full support to regions leader in rare remarks from government office China has offered its full support to Hong Kongs embattled leader and its police force, and said violent protesters must be swiftly punished, in rare remarks by the government office that oversees policy towards the territory. Hong Kong has been rocked by two months of Lily Kuo and now delayed bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, but most recently the anger has …

Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday

Calls for new demonstrations come as government fails to respond to a list of protester demands Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands including an investigation into police brutality and the withdrawal of an extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline. After cut-off set by protest leaders passed without word from the government, messages began circulating on social media calling people to come to central Hong …