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Murder suspect who sparked Hong Kong protests wants to turn himself in

Chan who confessed to murdering Poon Chan who confessed to murdering Poon
Travis Berry | 20 October, 2019, 00:27

Previous protest rejections by police have been widely ignored by protesters and quickly turn violent.

In rejecting the protesters' request for a march permit, the police said past events had been "hijacked by a group of radical protesters" who set fire to buildings, hurled petrol bombs at police officers, detonated a homemade bomb, and wrecked infrastructure.

Chan, who is now serving a prison sentence for money laundering in a Hong Kong jail, "requested the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to assist him in making the relevant arrangement", according to the statement.

The application was made by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), a group that advocates non-violence and organised marches earlier in the summer with millions hitting the streets.

"Our most powerful force is the unity and resistance of this civil society".

Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors defied a government ban on wearing face masks as they formed a human chain across the city battered by four months of unrest. People masqueraded as Disney characters, animals and super heroes, but the most popular mask was one of China President Xi Jinping.

Two people have been shot and wounded by police and thousands injured.

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As for the situation in Hong Kong, he continued that the most urgent and important task is to end the violence and chaos and restore order, and that Hong Kong affairs must be dealt with in accordance with the Constitution, the Basic Law of the HKSAR and other relevant laws of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's Commissioner of Police, Stephen Lo, said on Friday that his force was facing an unprecedented challenge.

Pro-democracy protesters supporting Hong Kong are seen on the stands of Barclays Centre, New York, October 18, 2019 in this still image obtained from social media video on October 19, 2019.

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has refused to agree to the protesters' 5 core demands: universal suffrage, an independent inquiry into police behavior, amnesty for those charged, stop describing protesters as rioters, and the formal withdrawal of a China extradition bill.

Hong Kong now has extradition agreements with 20 jurisdictions across the world, including Australia, however Chan could not be extradited to Taiwan to face the murder charges because the two governments do not share such an agreement. Lam formally withdrew the original bill in September.

The Asian financial hub is facing its first recession as a result of the unrest which has taken a toll on tourism and retail.

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