clearn.png
Saturday October 19th, 2019 1:23AM

The Latest: Police, protesters clash in Hong Kong

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

HONG KONG (AP) — Latest on the debate around Hong Kong extradition legislation (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Police equipped with riot shields have pushed back against protesters attempting to storm past barricades to get into Hong Kong's government headquarters.

Protesters scattered from some areas, using umbrellas to fend off pepper spray, tear gas and compressed water deployed by police trying to protect the besieged government building.

Livestreamed reports from local television stations showed demonstrators overturning metal canopies and throwing objects as police cleared some streets that had been jammed with thousands of people hours before.

Some police carried compressed air-powered rifles that appeared to be equipped to fire non-lethal projectiles. It was unclear if they were shooting them.

___

3:50 p.m.

Hong Kong police have used tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who have laid siege to government buildings to oppose a contentious extradition bill.

Thousands of protesters blocked entry to Hong Kong's government headquarters Wednesday, delaying a legislative session on a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the territory.

The protesters overflowed onto a major downtown road as they overturned barriers and tussled with police outside the building that also houses the chambers where the legislature was to discuss the bill, which would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent for trial in mainland China.

A statement from a Hong Kong administrator earlier said, "I would also like to ask the people in this gathering to stay calm and leave the scene as soon as possible and not to commit any crime."

Cheung gave no indication of when the delayed legislative debate would begin.

___

3:30 p.m.

Hong Kong officials are calling on protesters to leave the area where huge crowds are blocking streets to government headquarters and have delayed debate over a highly contentious extradition bill.

The second reading of the bill that would allow suspects to face trials in mainland China was due Wednesday. Protesters and police clashed intermittently, with protesters hurling traffic cones and other objects and police responding with pepper spray.

In a statement read to reporters, Chief Secretary for Administration Mathew Cheung said, "The Hong Kong government calls on people who are blocking roads to ... go back to the pavement as soon as possible."

He added, "I would also like to ask the people in this gathering to stay calm and leave the scene as soon as possible and not to commit any crime."

Cheung gave no indication of when the legislative debate would begin.

___

2 p.m.

Dozens of people are protesting outside the Hong Kong Consulate in Taiwan to denounce proposed amendments to Hong Kong's extradition laws.

Hong Kong students sitting outside the consulate in Taipei held posters reading "No extradition to China" and chanting "Hong Kong government, Shame on you."

Ho Wing Tung, a Hong Kong student in Taiwan, said the rule of law won't exist if the legislation passes and she is afraid the "one country, two systems" principle would become a joke.

Dissident Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who left Hong Kong for Taiwan over extradition fears, said the extradition law amendments go against human rights.

In Hong Kong, thousands of protesters were blocking entry to Hong Kong's government headquarters. A legislative session to debate the bill has been delayed.

___

11 a.m.

The secretariat of Hong Kong's Legislative Council says it has delayed the start of a legislative session on a contentious extradition bill as protesters massed outside to block entry to the chamber and government headquarters.

A statement from the government's press service said the session scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday would be "changed to a later time to be determined" by the secretariat. Council members would be notified of the time of the meeting later, the statement said.

An overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators filled roads in the Wan Chai district to block access to the government offices. Many took the day off from work and classes to press their case that the amendments to the extradition bill would erode the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's civil liberties.

___

10:30 a.m.

Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong's legislature and government headquarters in a bid to block debate on a highly controversial extradition bill that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial.

The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators filled roads in the Wan Chai district. Many had taken the day off from work and classes Wednesday to press their case that the amendments to the extradition bill would erode the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's civil liberties.

Under its "one country, two systems" framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British rule in 1997. However, China's ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

___

8:50 a.m.

Hundreds of protesters have surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong as the territory's legislature prepare to open discussion on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow residents accused of wrongdoing to be sent to China for trial.

The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators overturned barriers and tussled with police Wednesday morning as they sought to enter government headquarters and offices of the Legislative Council.

Under its "one country, two systems" framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British rule in 1997. However, China's ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

A vote on the amended laws is scheduled for June 20.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Police, protesters clash in Hong Kong
Police equipped with riot shields have pushed back against protesters attempting to storm past barricades to get into Hong Kong's government headquarters
4:42AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Southern Baptists meet; endorse steps against sex abuse
Delegates at Southern Baptist Convention national meeting endorse proposal making it easier to expel churches that mishandle sex-abuse cases
4:20AM ( 28 minutes ago )
The Latest: Hong Kong police use tear gas on protesters
Hong Kong police have used tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who have laid siege to government buildings to oppose a contentious extradition bill
4:13AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Lots of surprises but no clear message from Virginia primary
Virginia's off-year elections later this year _ when 140 legislative seats and partisan control of the Legislature is up for grabs _ may signal what the rest of the country's mood will be in 2020
2:57AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Hong Kong students protest bill in Taiwan
Dozens of people are protesting outside the Hong Kong Consulate in Taiwan to denounce a Hong Kong extradition law
2:26AM ( 2 hours ago )
Ex-slugger David Ortiz had counted on fans to protect him
Beloved in his hometown in the Dominican Republic, former Boston Red Sox David Ortíz traveled the dangerous streets of Santo Domingo with little or no security, trusting in his fans to protect him
2:23AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
The Latest: Hong Kong session delayed as protest gathers
The start of a Hong Kong legislative session on a contentious extradition bill has been delayed as protesters massed outside to block entry to the chamber and government headquarters
11:25PM ( 5 hours ago )
Virginia primary has lots of surprise, no clear message
Virginia's closely watched off-year primary contest produced plenty of surprises Tuesday, but no clear message
11:22PM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: Crowd blocks Hong Kong HQ trying to halt bill
Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong's legislature and government headquarters in a bid to block debate on an extradition bill that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial
10:43PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Asian stocks mostly lower as protests shake up Hong Kong
Shares have fallen in Asia, led by Hong Kong decline as protests persist
3:20AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP sources: Trump Jr. to speak with Senate panel Wednesday
President Donald Trump's eldest son will meet with the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday behind closed doors, according to a person familiar with the meeting
10:40PM ( 6 hours ago )
100s of protesters surround Hong Kong HQ before bill debate
Hundreds of protesters have surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong as the legislature prepare to open discussion on highly controversial extradition law
9:25PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church
Attorneys general eyeing U.S. church authorities in growing clergy abuse investigations
5:29PM ( 11 hours ago )
Tech on trial: House mulls antitrust help for news industry
A key House committee on Tuesday launched its bipartisan investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley's biggest names, with a look at the impact of the tech giants' platforms on the news industry
5:26PM ( 11 hours ago )
The Latest: House authorizes lawsuits against Barr, McGahn
The House has approved a resolution that will make it easier to file lawsuits against the Trump administration when officials defy subpoenas
4:35PM ( 12 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Southern Baptists meet; endorse steps against sex abuse
Delegates at Southern Baptist Convention national meeting endorse proposal making it easier to expel churches that mishandle sex-abuse cases
4:20AM ( 28 minutes ago )
The Latest: Hong Kong police use tear gas on protesters
Hong Kong police have used tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who have laid siege to government buildings to oppose a contentious extradition bill
4:13AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Congo officials chasing how boy with Ebola entered Uganda
Congo officials chasing how boy with Ebola entered Uganda as outbreak's 1st cross-border case
4:03AM ( 45 minutes ago )
Biden, Trump trade jabs in possible 2020 election preview
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are unleashing the kind of verbal attacks that feel more appropriate for the final weeks before Election Day than a lazy summer day about 17 months before voters go to the polls
3:59AM ( 49 minutes ago )
Hong Kong delays bill debate as protest crowds amass at HQ
Hong Kong delayed a legislative session to debate extradition bill as protesters amassed to block entry to the building out of concern the measure signaled greater Chinese control and further erosion of civil liberties
3:56AM ( 52 minutes ago )