Friday, 22 November, 2019

Hong Kong Protesters Defy Ban, Wear Masks During Halloween Standoff With Police

Anti-government demonstrators run away from the riot police during the protest in Hong Kong’s tourism Tsim Sha Tsui China Anti-government demonstrators run away from the riot police during the protest in Hong Kong’s tourism Tsim Sha Tsui China
Travis Berry | 01 November, 2019, 00:26

Economists say it's unlikely this recession will be just a mild dip, with the protests showing no signs of ending and the U.S. and China still negotiating over their trade differences.

The police force said in an online video that anyone refusing to comply with a request to remove their mask can be fined and jailed for six months, though they also said wearing Halloween masks is allowed as long as there is no violence.

Zeman hopes the police will not use tear gas against protesters and that the demonstrators will not resort to vandalism in the area.

Lam's use of the law was controversial because it bypassed the Legislative Council, the partially-elected chamber that approves Hong Kong's laws.

They also want to use the march to highlight the two-month anniversary of an incident that took place at Prince Edward MTR Station, where police officers were accused of indiscriminately beating up people during a dispersal operation, causing multiple injuries, on the night of August 31.

Police said they didn't rule out the possibility of violent incidents on Halloween.

Economic data due later on Thursday is set to show that Hong Kong has slid into its first recession since the 2008 global financial crisis as the protests, trade tensions and global pressures weigh.

The economy in Hong Kong's economy dropped 3.2 percent in the third quarter, a rise of 0.5 percent decline from the previous quarter.

Armed man in Oslo steals ambulance and rams bystanders
Police declined to comment on whether authorities were treating it as a deliberate attack, the Reuters news agency reported. An armed man stole an ambulance and drove it into several people in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Tuesday, police said.

She said she was inspired by the recent Hollywood film that traces The Joker's origin story as he launches a revolution against Gotham City's elites.

Earlier this month the city's unelected pro-Beijing leader invoked colonial-era legislation for the first time in more than fifty years to outlaw face coverings at rallies.

The High Court is hearing two challenges in the same sitting. It aims to challenge the entire emergency law used by chief executive Carrie Lam.

Despite the hard external and domestic environment, Hong Kong retains its core strengths as an global financial center with an unrivalled geographical location, the rule of law, an independent judiciary, the free flow of information and a wide pool of professional talents, she said.

Violent clashes have broken out between hardcore protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks at police who are responding with ever increasing amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets.

Economic growth in the former British territory has "moderated progressively since a year ago amid a slowing global economy and U.S. -Mainland trade tensions", a government press release said, adding that recent "social incidents" have caused an "abrupt deterioration".

On Thursday evening China's Communist Party elite concluded a key meeting in Beijing with a promise to protect the "stability" of Hong Kong without giving concrete details.

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