Hong Kong protesters defy rally ban

U.S. President Donald Trump urged China, Friday, August 30, to handle Hong Kong protests in a “humane fashion,” saying U.S. economic pressure on Beijing was responsible for preventing them from carrying out a harsher crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators. (AFP)

Hong Kong protesters create a human chain all way to Loin Rock yesterday that is tribute to the Baltic Way.

Hongkong mass arrest and deployment of 2 million riot force and permission not granted do not deter anti govt & pro -democracy protesters.

Hong Kong, thousands of pro-democracy protesters defied a police ban on rallying today, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has vowed not to give up after he was charged with inciting others to join a protest outside a police station in June. “We will continue our fight no matter how they arrest and prosecute us.”

Police banned a planned demonstration on security grounds after last weekend saw some of the most violent clashes in three months of political turmoil but nevertheless warned residents to expect severe disruption. 

Police erected fresh barricades near the highly guarded Liason Office — the department that represents China’s central government — and water cannon were driven onto the streets in anticipation of renewed clashes. 

By early afternoon, a few thousand protesters in their signature black t-shirts had filled an outdoor sports ground in the city centre, with some marching through surrounding streets. 

In an attempt to sidestep the protest ban, crowds carried crosses after calling on protesters to form religious gatherings, which do not require the same stringent permission from authorities.

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