Update 25. Nov. 2019: CARRIE LAM MUST STEP DOWN! We've been saying it for so long that the pro-democracy protesters in hashtag#HongKong represent the absolute majority of this city state's population, despite all the propaganda by CCP China to the contrary, and now we have proof of it. Hong Kong's District Council elections show a clear majority for the pro-sovereignty camp, who have so far won more than 300 seats, compared to about 41 seats for the pro-establishment camp, according to local media estimates. Never before a voter participation of 71% was recorded and over 90% of old and young citizens stand firm with those who waged the protests. The ongoing pro-sovereignty protests initially started over democracy demands as the "Umbrella-Reolution" over 5 years ago, but now sparked in 2019 over a finally-shelved kidnapping bill (extradition bill in doublespeak) which would have allowed the hashtag#CCP to kidnap anyone they want - whether locals or visitors - from Hong Kong on demand. The protesters are now in their 5th month, and their 5 demands are the resignation of hashtag#CarrieLam ((the puppet CEO of Hong Kong and employee of the CCP), complete withdrawal of the kidnapping bill, democratic elections in a fully autonomous city-state, the release of the protesters kidnapped by Carrie Lam's gangs, and an independent investigation into police brutality against citizens. The HK uprising is part of a larger awakening in the consciousness of citizens around the globe from Chile to France to Hong Kong to Catalonia to the Netherlands to the Czech Republic to Ecuador to Bolivia to Colombia to hashtag#Serbia to hashtag#Athens to hashtag#Iraq to hashtag#Syria to Lebanon to Egypt to Sudan to Haiti. These uprisings are all fighting one common enemy: a corrupt central government that doesn't represent them. Politicians around the world have proven themselves corrupt, and therefore, the only reasonable system of government is one without them. It's a decentralized form of government where decision-making is no longer in the hands of a few corrupt politicians in the capitals of this planet but in the hands of ALL citizens. A similar concept exists TODAY in Switzerland where political decisions are made mostly through a national referendum by ALL citizens, not behind closed doors by politicians. (With reporting by Ali Cheaib - Independent Journalist)
Update 23. Nov. 2019: A man claiming to have worked as a secret Chinese operative for five years says Beijing has directed overseas assassinations, including in HongKong, Taiwan and on Australian soil.
Wang Liqiang has provided new information about the kidnapping of five booksellers from Hong Kong and their rendition to mainland China, according to Nine Newspapers
He has also reportedly revealed information about spies from Beijing infiltrating the Hong Kong democracy movement, Taiwan's elections and involvement in Australian affairs
Update 20. Nov. 2019: A four-day siege of Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) is nearing an end, although dozens of protesters remain inside. Around 800 to 900 protesters have already left the campus, hundreds of whom were under 18, police said. The campus - which turned into a fiery battleground during the past week - is surrounded by police who are arresting for rioting any adults trying to leave. Some are too scared to leave as a result, leaving them trapped inside. The campus siege has been one of the most dramatic confrontations in the wider protest movement that has paralysed the city for more than five months. Police arrested around 1,100 people in and around PolyU on Tuesday alone, they said at a late night briefing.
Update 19. Nov. 2019: In a widely anticipated move, just after 6pm ET on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill, S.1838, showing support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong by requiring an annual review of whether the city is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to justify its special trading status.The U.S. Senate just unanimously passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019”, and the Chinese are absolutely seething with anger. Also CCP China must learn that the world found out about their interference into the internal affairs and security of all the countries where they set foot - especially with their form of serious corruption and loan gagging. We have seen this especially in Africa over and over again. Enough is enough. And in addition the Chinese with their coal-plants and other pollution, incl. single-use cheap plastic crap, affect us all worldwide. It's good to set a block and to remind them that contracts and human rights must not be breached. The blood of the protesters in HK was not and must not be spilled in vein.
The corrupt government of hashtag#HongKong decided to storm hashtag#PolytechnicUniversity yesterday (Sunday, Nov 17) which led to violent clashes with the pro-autonomy students who were barricading there. You can clearly see in this video how Hong Kong's licensed killers (cops in doublespeak) are casually shooting protesters with rubber bullets and chemical weapons ( hashtag#teargas).
Protests are now escalating and intensifying across Hong Kong ever since hashtag#CarrieLam (the puppet CEO of Hong Kong and employee of the hashtag#CCP) has made it very clear that her government will NEVER grant the protesters their 5 demands.
The ongoing pro-sovereignty protests initially sparked over a now-shelved kidnapping bill (extradition bill in doublespeak) which would've allowed the CCP to kidnap anyone they want whether locals or visitors from Hong Kong on demand. The protesters are now in their 5th month, and their 5 demands are the resignation of Carrie Lam, complete withdrawal of the kidnapping bill, democratic elections in a fully autonomous city-state, the release of the kidnapped protesters by Carrie Lam's gangs, and an independent investigation into police brutality against citizens.
The HK uprising is part of a larger awakening in the consciousness of citizens around the globe from Chile to France to Hong Kong to Catalonia to the Netherlands to Ecuador to Bolivia to Serbia to Athens to Iraq to Syria to Lebanon to Egypt to Sudan to Haiti. These uprisings are all fighting one common enemy: a corrupt central government that doesn't represent them.
As long as CCCP China and their HK stooges are in breach of contract the struggle will continue.
Hong Kong's protests have become increasingly violent as they continue into their sixth month.
The fabric of the place is unravelling - attitudes are hardening between the demonstrators and the police, between mainlanders and Hongkongers and even down the middle of families.
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Clashes, escapes and arrests as stand-off continues at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong protests: The battle for PolyU - BBC
Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus has become the latest battleground for long-running anti-government protests.
The violence is some of the worst seen during months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
The protests started over a controversial extradition bill, and have now evolved into broader anti-government demonstrations.
China has warned that "no-one should underestimate [its] will to safeguard its sovereignty and Hong Kong's stability", and its ambassador to the UK said the central government would not sit back and watch if the situation became "uncontrollable".
US Senate backs human rights in Hong Kong
In Washington, the US Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act," which would require the secretary of state to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special US trading consideration and would impose sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.
Beijing condemned the US Senate's move, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, criticizing it as "blatant" interference in China's internal affairs.
Geng said the legislation "paints criminal moves as the pursuit of human rights and democracy" and accused Washington of having a "hidden political agenda" to destabilize China and Hong Kong. China will take "strong countermeasures" if the proposal becomes law, Geng said.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Protesters still inside as standoff continues
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has called on the remaining roughly 100 protesters to surrender. The siege has witnessed the most intense violence since anti-government demonstrations escalated more than five months ago.
Hong Kong had previously banned protesters from wearing face masks - but this was deemed "unconstitutional" by the city's high court on Monday.
But now China has come out and condemned the high court's decision. It says it has the sole authority to rule on constitutional matters in the region - it is unclear what action, if any, China might take next.
According to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua, Beijing insisted on Tuesday that only China had the authority to rule on constitutional matters in Hong Kong. It condemned the Hong Kong High Court decision to veto the ban on face masks during public demonstrations.
"No other institution has the right to make judgments or decisions," said Chinese parliament spokesperson Zang Tiewei.
Police say protesters threw petrol bombs on a major road near the university in an effort to stop traffic. Officers attempted to reclaim the road, leading to major clashes.
Police revealed on Tuesday that some 3,900 petrol bombs were found at CUHK, adding that the university had 100 litres of sulphuric and nitric acid missing.
The university then cancelled all classes for the rest of the term. Days later, protesters at PolyU also tried to block access to a key tunnel near the university.
Protests have also been held at other locations in Hong Kong.
Why are there protests in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong - a British colony until 1997 - is part of China under a model known as "one country, two systems".
Under this model, it has a high degree of autonomy and people have freedoms unseen in mainland China.
The protests started in June after the government planned to pass a bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China. Many feared this would undermine the city's freedoms and judicial independence.
The bill was eventually withdrawn, but the demonstrations continued, having evolved into a broader protest against alleged police brutality, and the way Hong Kong is administered by Beijing.
RIOT cops in Hong Kong have deployed a new "sonic weapon" to make protesters throw up as students fear a fresh massacre.
Police fired live rounds today as around 600 activists remained trapped in a university on the second day of a siege.
Hong Kong protesters trapped on campus by tear gas and water cannon as police vehicle becomes fireball after petrol bomb
Cops said the rounds were fired after a group of protesters stationed at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) used homemade fire bombs to attack an ambulance transporting a 20-year-old woman under arrest.
Officers used what they described as a "long-range acoustic device" from an armoured lorry.
The high-pitched siren was a sonic weapon intended to cause nausea and disorientation, protesters claimed.
Protesters who voluntarily occupied the campus now want to leave - but claim police won't allow them to unless they give themselves up.
Police vehicles have fired volleys of tear gas and plumes of water, some of it dyed blue to stain the protesters' clothes - while activists retaliated with Molotov cocktails, bows and arrows and eggs filled with paint.