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Hong Kong's leader: Territory not becoming a police state

Oct. 15, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that "it's totally irresponsible and unfounded" to suggest the semi-autonomous Chinese territory is becoming a police state as her government grapples with protests now in their fifth month. In a spirited defense of Hong Kong's 30,000-strong police force and...

Clashes over Catalan separatists' convictions injure 170

Oct. 15, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Catalonia say three people were arrested and more than 170 injured, including about 40 police officers, during clashes between protesters and baton-wielding anti-riot police at Barcelona's international airport and elsewhere across the northeastern Spanish region. The clashes...

AP PHOTOS: Riot police clash with protesters in Barcelona

Oct. 14, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police clashed with angry protesters in downtown Barcelona as well as outside the airport after Spain's Supreme Court convicted 12 separatist leaders of illegally promoting Catalonia's independence. Police fired foam bullets and used batons against demonstrators, and regional...

Hong Kong police say homemade bomb targeted officers

Oct. 14, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A homemade, remote-controlled bomb intended to "kill or to harm" riot control officers was detonated as they deployed against renewed violence in Hong Kong over the weekend, police said Monday, in a further escalation of destructive street battles gripping the business hub. The "loud thud"...

In Hong Kong, all trust gone between police and protesters

Oct. 12, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — As a police van sped past them, the 90-year-old woman and her 60-year-old daughter raised their fists, pointed their thumbs very deliberately down and yelled, "Triads!" That silver-haired women in Hong Kong no longer think twice about openly accusing officers of being in cahoots with mafia...

Hong Kong's undercover medics reveal hidden toll of protests

Oct. 9, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — As riot police fought anti-government demonstrators on the streets of Hong Kong over the weekend, two photos popped into the encrypted inbox of a group of volunteer medics who call themselves the "Hidden Clinic." The images showed the nastily swollen left arm of a 22-year-old protester who...

Hard-line protesters resume violence over Hong Kong mask ban

Oct. 7, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on Monday night as groups of hard-line protesters took to the streets in continued violence since the government banned face masks at rallies, pushing the semi-autonomous Chinese territory into deeper crisis. The scenes in at least six locations...

Protests, clashes as bid to block Hong Kong mask ban fails

Oct. 6, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Furiously yelling "Wearing a mask is not a crime," tens of thousands of masked protesters hit Hong Kong's rain-drenched streets Sunday in defiance of a new ban on facial coverings. Riot police later swept in with volleys of tear gas and muscular arrests as peaceful rallies again...

Hong Kong lawmakers challenge mask ban as protests persist

Oct. 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban that went...

The Latest: Hong Kong lawmakers seek to block mask ban

Oct. 5, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 11:05 p.m. A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators has filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of face masks at rallies to quell anti-government...