Hong Kong Braces For New Protests
Hong Kong is bracing Sunday for more anti-government protests with tens of thousands of people expected to participate. One rally, however, has already been staged. This one, the French news agency (AFP) reports, was held to honor Hong Kong's police officers who have often been criticized for their actions at the demonstrations. "If the whole world spits on you, we as family members will not," one woman, who has a relative on the force, told the officers. Reuters is reporting that police arrested 29 people overnight after officers sprayed tear gas Saturday to break up a crowd. Hong Kong protests turned violent Saturday for the first time in nearly two weeks, as hundreds of demonstrators dressed in black and armed with baseball bats and bamboo poles hurled petrol bombs and bricks at police.Hong Kong police brandished batons and fired volleys of tear gas to disperse the protesters, who had set up makeshift street barricades using bamboo scaffolding outside a police station and a nearby shopping mall.Meanwhile, China freed a British consulate worker, Simon Cheng, whose detention served to ratchet up tensions. He was detained for 15 days in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, for allegedly violating public security management regulations, according to police there.Authorities say Cheng's legal rights were upheld, claiming he had confessed to the charges for which he was held. This is a standard rejoinder from Chinese police, despite the fact Cheng was not given a chance to defend himself in court. Cheng's family said on Facebook he had now returned to Hong Kong. Protesters had been demanding his release for the past several days, and Britain said it welcomed the news.Four MTR subway stations were shut down in Kwun Tong, a densely populated area of the Chinese-ruled city, though thousands of protesters filled the streets anyway, many... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Hong Kong Braces For New Protests, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Sunday, 25 August
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