Hong Kong protesters defy police, set up roadblocks

Apple's Cook meets China regulator after pulling Hong Kong app

Hong Kong protesters flooded the city's streets on Sunday in defiance of a ban by the authorities on their march, setting up roadblocks and tossing firebombs amid the firing of tear gas by police.

The demonstrations have been ongoing for five months now, and Sunday's turnout was a test of the movement's strength.

"Cases like these raise real concerns about whether Apple and other large USA entities will bow to growing Chinese demands rather than lose access to more than a billion Chinese consumers", said the letter sent Friday and co-signed by senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden and representatives Mike Gallagher and Tom Malinowski. In a memo to staff, Cook said the app was being removed because it was being used to "maliciously target individual officers for violence".

A prayer rally to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 19, 2019.

Other protestors wore masks depicting prominent rights activist Jimmy Sham, who was beaten by four men wielding hammers and knives on Wednesday in what democracy campaigners said was an act of intimidation.

Taiwan's top policymaking body on China, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said Sunday the government will not lift its recently imposed travel ban on a Hong Kong citizen wanted for murder in Taiwan, unless the Hong Kong authorities agree to share more information on the case.

Gathering along the city's subway lines, many protest supporters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh or Guy Fawkes. That same week, Blizzard controversially banned a Hearthstone tournament player after he made a political statement in support of Hong Kong protesters during a post-tournament interview.

People's Daily, China's state-run media organization, said the app was allowing protesters to track police, resulting in violent clashes as Hong Kong residents fight a proposed law that would allow extradition to mainland China.

Civil Human Rights Front convener Figo Chan (陳皓桓) yesterday said that he would lead a march today in Hong Kong, despite permission being denied by police, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported.

The bill triggered massive protests starting in early June with many in Hong Kong concerned it could undermine human rights by subjecting suspects to China's arbitrary judicial system.

Protesters run from advancing police as they deploy a water cannon on a road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on October 20, 2019. "We're not afraid of being arrested".

He said he had received "credible information" from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that violence of this nature was taking place. Police have arrested more than 2,300 people.

Public anger has been fuelled by officials' refusal to address protesters' demands, which include an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality in suppressing the protests, amnesty for the 500 people charged with offences linked to the protests and a retraction of police claims that protesters are guilty of rioting.

Earlier this month city leader Lam invoked a colonial-era emergency law to ban face masks.

Numerous protesters wore masks in defiance of a recently introduced ban on face coverings at public gatherings, and volunteers handed more out to the crowd.

Later Saturday, supporters waving USA and British flags held a prayer rally to call for outside help for their cause. Austin, Mong Kok, East Tsim Sha Tsui, and Yau Ma Tei were among those affected.

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