Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

Heavy showers did not stop hundreds of teachers and students from showing up for a march on Saturday (Aug 17) that called for the Hong Kong government to address protesters' demands.

Following the escalation in violence during the past few days, the demonstrations this weekend will provide a litmus test as to whether the protest movement can retain the broad support.

Another said: "Amazon is so hypocritical to say it has always respected 'one country, two systems, ' but actually sells clothes featuring words of 'Hong Kong independence.' We don't accept such a response".

Among the demands are calls for a now-shelved extradition bill to be entirely scrapped, which has prompted further calls for increased democracy, the resignation of Mrs Lam, and an independent investigation into the use of police force.

The rallies continued on Saturday, with more than 1,000 pro-Beijing activists peacefully marching through Sydney's CBD to rally against the Hong Kong protests.

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the Hong Kong protests and the ongoing detention of two Canadians by the Chinese government, a statement from Trudeau's office said on Friday.

Thousands of mostly young protesters forced a shutdown of flights at the city's Chek Lap Kok worldwide airport on Monday, disrupting flights until late Tuesday.

Organised by the Perth Hong Kong Students group, around 100 protesters congregated at Forrest Place in the CBD around 3pm today.

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China's paramilitary People's Armed Police has been holding drills this week across the border in Shenzhen, fueling speculation that they could be sent in to suppress the protests. Both a march on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour and a counter-rally backing the government were planned for later Saturday. China has likened the increasingly violent protests to terrorism and warned it could use force to quell them.

"We all feel tensions are building and the level of stress is increasing", one front-line protester, Pun, 22, told Reuters during a sit-in at the global airport earlier in the week.

In interviews with other media outlets, the protesters claimed that they attacked Fu as he took photos of the demonstrators and asked him if he's a reporter, but never received a response.

The teachers rally was approved by police and was peaceful.

"They are doing these hit and run lately", one senior police officer told media earlier this week. Although the local parliament eventually announced that it had suspended the bill, people continue to protest, demanding that it be withdrawn completely.

Hong Kong police have previously held similar operations in which they fired tear gas.

Police have made some 750 arrests since the unrest began in June, and have charged some protesters with rioting which can attract a 10-year jail term as punishment.

The man, surnamed Lai, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly and illegally imprisoning and assaulting people.

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