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Hong Kong leader thanks police after clashes with 'rioters'

Jul. 15, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam thanked police on Monday after violent scuffles erupted between law enforcement officers and protesters demanding her resignation. A demonstration Sunday in Hong Kong's Sha Tin district was peaceful for most of the day, but fights broke out when police started...

Hong Kong police fight with protesters amid rising tensions

Jul. 14, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong fought with protesters on Sunday as they broke up a demonstration by thousands of people demanding the resignation of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's chief executive and an investigation into complaints of police violence. The protest in the northern district of...

Hong Kong protests augur murky outlook for financial hub

Jul. 12, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — It's still the world's "freest" economy, one of the biggest global financial centers and a scenic haven for tycoons and tourists, but the waves of protests rocking Hong Kong are exposing strains unlikely to dissipate as communist-ruled Beijing's influence grows. The end of the former...

Hong Kong protesters march with mock coffin of city leader

Jul. 12, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A small group of protesters paraded Friday around Hong Kong government headquarters with a mock coffin of city leader Carrie Lam, as activists announced more protests. The march marked the one-month anniversary of the start of major protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese...

Hong Kong protesters to continue after bill declared 'dead'

Jul. 10, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protest leaders opposed to the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that they will continue their demonstrations, even after Lam declared the effort to amend a highly contentious extradition bill "dead." Protesters are persisting in their demands for the bill...

Hong Kong protesters hold vigil ahead of Sunday march

Jul. 6, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A vigil was held Saturday night for a Hong Kong woman who fell to her death this week, one of three apparent suicides linked to ongoing protests over fears that freedoms are being eroded in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. A mostly youthful gathering placed lit candles and incense at...

In Hong Kong, colonial flag still a symbol of prized values

Jul. 5, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — They smashed glass windows, sprayed rude graffiti and defaced Hong Kong's official emblem with black paint. But of all the dramatic photos showing hundreds of young protesters storming the city's legislative building this week, one image makes for particularly uncomfortable viewing in...

Protesters say storming of legislature born of desperation

Jul. 4, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — It was almost noon on Monday when hundreds of protesters outside Hong Kong's legislature voted to break in. Watching from the side, one protester disagreed. They were too few, 19-year-old Daisy Chan worried, and the police presence was heavy. As hours passed, thousands more trickled into...

Arrests in Hong Kong raise fears of more violent protests

Jul. 4, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker expressed fears Thursday that the situation could worsen after police announced the arrests of more than a dozen people following protests earlier this week. Legislative Council member Claudia Mo called on people to understand the frustration and anger of...

Arrests made over Hong Kong protests, legislature break-in

Jul. 3, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police said they had arrested 13 people after the protests on Monday's anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, including one man accused of storming the legislature building in a break-in involving hundreds of pro-democracy protesters who vandalized offices and the main chamber. The...