Hong Kong protests enter 13th straight weekend

Hong Kong police round up activists as major rally called off

The Hong Kong police made it "very clear that the arrests were made after a comprehensive investigation by the Organized Crime and Triad bureau", said the Consulate General of People's Republic of China in Vancouver in an email to Postmedia.

Riot police clashed with demonstrators who defied a ban and staged a march through downtown Hong Kong Saturday to call for greater political freedom. "This is a problem that the government should be addressing with the people" through negotiations, says Steve Vickers, a business risk and security consultant who served as head of the Criminal Intelligence Bureau of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force during British colonial rule.

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong said in a statement on Saturday: "The remarks made by some USA politicians disrespect the strict law enforcement by the Hong Kong police".

On Friday, Hong Kong authorities upped the ante in their quest to tamp down the mass protests that have persisted throughout the summer.

The demonstrators, who have earned a reputation for their creativity, have also said they will hold small religious gatherings, which do not require permission for groups of up to 30 people, for the "sinners of Hong Kong".

"Some politicians in the European Union are confusing right and wrong to express their so-called concerns about this", the office said. Marchers on Saturday were marching here and there, wherever streets took them, communicating with different hand signals and chanting "stand with Hong Kong" and "fight for freedom".

Both Hong Kong sources stated the report was filed between June 16 - the day following Lam declared the suspension of the extradition charge - and August 7, once the HKMAO and also China's representative Liaison Office in Hong Kong held a discussion in local Shenzhen attended by nearly 500 pro-establishment figures and businesspeople from Hong Kong.

Many protesters are determined not to let the new movement fizzle out as the Umbrella protests did. They stage frequent drills but have seldom since been seen outside their bases. Trump tied the two together Aug 14, saying he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping wanted a trade deal, but that Xi should "quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem". "Instead, (the government) lures us to come out today and then they can start their second round of mass arrest", said a protester online.

Demonstrations have rocked Hong Kong for more than twelve weeks. Wong and Chow are prominent activists who were student leaders of protests in Hong Kong in 2014. The assembly in question was the surrounding of police headquarters in the Wanchai district by thousands of protesters on June 21.

However, organizers yesterday said that they would not march, complying with the police ban.

The Chinese central government has condemned the protests and accused foreign powers of fueling unrest.

Hong Kong's crisis-hit government is scrambling to find an appropriate response to the unprecedented pro-democracy protests, which have by turns seen millions march, closed the airport and left streets strewn with bricks and shrouded in tear gas.

Since June, large-scale peaceful protests against the extradition bill have morphed into - sometimes violent - displays of dissent over Beijing's encroachment, democracy, alleged police brutality, surveillance and other community grievances. "There is a feeling of 'why is it only Joshua Wong being arrested when these protests have been leaderless?' It's a show of obvious oppression to arrest Joshua Wong so that regular citizens will be afraid to go onto the streets". Almost 900 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began three months ago.

Beijing also stepped up its condemnation of the crisis gripping Hong Kong, with communist party mouthpiece The People's Daily warning on Saturday that Hong Kong had entered a "critical moment".

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