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500 march in Kwai Tsing against govt plan to designate local clinic for coronavirus treatment. Such protests have now occurred in about a dozen places in #HK. Residents protest lack of govt consultation w community & refusal to close border.
Meanwhile, riot police continue to patrol various areas of #HK, conducting arbitrary stop&searches, almost always of young people. Here at 15.49 in Fo Tan which has seen protests in recent days. #HKPoliceState
Hundreds have demonstrated also in Cheung Sha Wan this afternoon, also against #HK govt plan to use local clinic for coronavirus treatment. It's not that people are saying, Not in my backyard; they're protesting that govt fails to consult the community & acts unilaterally.
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Irresponsible @WHO led by a subservient @DrTedros has praised China's response to coronavirus but 'at critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy & order ahead of openly confronting crisis & risking public alarm or political embarrassment'.…
@WHO @DrTedros China’s 'initial handling of the epidemic allowed virus to gain tenacious hold.' It punished the doctors who 1st sounded alarm & played down the danger rather than warning Wuhan residents. When it closed the market that was the epicentre, it told people it was for 'renovations'.
@WHO @DrTedros 'Even as cases climbed, officials declared repeatedly that there had likely been no more infections.' 'By not moving aggressively...the Chinese government lost one of its best chances to keep the disease from becoming an epidemic.'
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🔥THREAD #HongKong #CoronavirusOutbreak
HK's leader Carrie Lam has raised response level for Wuhan #coronavirus to EMERGENCY

via @sumlokkei
@sumlokkei 2) #HongKong RESPONSE
via @sumlokkei

1. Upping govt's disease contingency plan from serious to emergency lvl

2. Four medical experts appointed to make suggestions directly to Lam
@sumlokkei 3) #HongKong RESPONSE
via @sumlokkei

3. Suspension of flights and trains to #wuhan indefinitely

4. health declaration forms at 4 piers and 6 land ports to mainland #china (punishment for those who give false info)
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Cheung Chun-kit, 40, owner of pro-democracy Lung Mun Cafe chain, sponsors vocational training for young protesters, as part of the “economic circle of conscience”. The #YellowEconomicCircle is growing, helping to foster a parallel society of resistance.…
A thread on the #YellowEconomicCircle in #HK, provoked by comments by out-to-lunch 'expert' economists.

YEC starts with two very basic questions:

‘Why should I give my money to businesses that side with my oppressor?’


‘Who should I then give my money to?’
So there are 2 components: who to withhold money from & who to give money to. These q's, when boiled down, are the ones every consumer faces all the time. The #YellowEconomicCircle answers them politically. In a place like #HK, economics & politics are always very closely related
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Police are making deceptive statements about the incident that lead to them ordering the march terminated. They charged into a march of hundreds of thousands to catch 1 person & then acted aggressively & arrogantly as if intending to provoke the crowd.…
Where police charged the march, rather than retreating immediately after detaining the suspect, they set up a cordon. This officer makes a mock lunge at me & then casually checks the press card of a journalist standing nearby. His behavior was typical.
Here police charge wildly into the crowd. See how far they’ve widened the cordon at this point: HSBC is far in the background. They suggest they arrested 5 for vandalising the bank, but only 1 was arrested there. The 4 others were arrested during such mad lunges into the crowd.
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In the past week (12/16-22) there have been 27 protests involving 16,550 protesters, the lowest number of protesters of any of the 28 weeks since protests began on June 9.

In all, since June 9, there have been 774 protests involving 12,780,416 protesters.
Protest turnout this past week isn't necessarily that indicative: December protester number is higher than November's. There were no medium-size (50-100k) protests this week. The next mass protest is planned for Jan 1.That turnout should be indicative of the state of the movement
More striking than the protester number this past week is that there've been no large-scale frontliner protests since mid-November. The real question in terms of the state & direction of the movement is whether frontliners will come back out in large numbers.
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Police suddenly rushed into crowd, apprehended at least 2, beat 1 badly w batons, peppersprayed wildly (I got it badly in the eye), raised black flag warning of teargas & called off #HK #Uighur solidarity rally. Angry crowd has scattered. So typical.
More photos of sudden police attack on #HK #Uighur solidarity rally. When police retreated w arrestees, they were pelted w bottles, then rushed forward, threatening teargas & calling off rally. Grossly irresponsible. Pardon if photos suck-can hardly see due to pepper spray in eye
Police swooped when a PRC flag was pulled down from the flagpole outside City Hall (next to Edinburgh Place). You can see the flag under one of the people police apprehended in the photo above.
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Edinburgh Place is full for the #HK rally in solidarity w #Uighurs . In our nearly 800 protests since 6/9, this is only the 3rd to stand for others. There was a small 1 at CUHK for Uighur uni pres rumored sentenced to death & 1 for Catalunya.
Great to see the #EastTurkestan & #Tibet flags flying at the #HK solidarity rally for #Uighurs. Our fate is tied to theirs. We all have to fight together for our freedom & our rights.
Free #IlhamTohti , Free All Political Prisoners at #HK rally for #Uighurs . Ilham just received EU parliament’s #SakharovPrize this week. He’s serving life in prison in China on the entirely false charge of ‘separatism’. His daughter @JewherIlham accepted the award on his behalf.
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#HK CRACKDOWN WATCH UPDATE: The 95 on trial for ‘riot’ over 9/29 Global Anti-Totalitarianism Day protest are back in court tomorrow (12/23), 9:30am, West Kowloon Court. Most were originally arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly, some also for possession of offensive weapons.
But btw their 9/29 arrests & 10/2 appearance in court, govt decided to charge them all en masse w riot tho it couldn’t possibly have had evidence for all; it simply labelled the event a riot & charged them all accordingly. In all govt has done that w 4 large batches of protesters
At the time, this was the biggest trial in #HK history. It’s since been superseded by the over 200 on trial for riot over 11/18 protests near PolyU. In all, 539 have been charged w riot out of 921 on trial & about 6,200 arrested.
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ATL🇺🇸 in #HongKong: THREAD 1/n

Today SO MUCH in one short video:

* Melee of press, #police, protesters & tourists
* #HongKongProtester being arrested
* UK tourist watching atop the silver sculpture
* Sound of pepper spray being sprayed (fountain-style)
* Tear gas being shot
#HongKong THREAD 2/n

I'm not here to be at the front lines (this guy👇👇👇 is), but to visit with some #HongKongers & their supporters involved.

Think of it as American Thought Leaders🇺🇸, #HongKong Edition, & why not ATL🇺🇸—it's been said that this resembles, in some ways, 1776.
#HongKongProtests THREAD 3/n

Meet conflict reporter @Michael_Yon (with gas mask & orange vest) & #HongKong videographer Eric Fok @RazvenHK (donning mask).

Ok, before you meet them, meet the rather assertive #HongKongPolice. Big blue sign means "this protest is unauthorized."
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I’m disappointed in the limited vision of some pro-democracy District Councillors. The ideas they have are ok but control of DCs should be used to transform people’s ideas of what govt can be & empower citizens through participatory grassroots democracy.…
In my area, fx, the pro-dem DC candidate carried out a survey of residents & built her platform on their responses. For many, it was the 1st time any politician had ever asked them what they thought. This is the beginning of shaping a new sense of community, empowering people &..
...showing people they can indeed participate in govt & drive policy. It’s this promotion of democratic culture & community involvement that pro-dem DC control should aim to achieve. It should be envisioned as part of our revolution, not just better business-as-usual.
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In past week (11/18-25), 22 #HK protests, most small except for Save PolyU protests 11/18 involving 55,000. Protest numbers were down due primarily to District Council elections, in which 1,673,834 voted for pro-democracy candidates.

Overall, 662 protests, 11,348,806 protesters
#HK protests by month. Half a million people on the streets this month is still a lot, but down compared to previous months, 1 reason why previous to the District Council elections, #CCP & #HK govt believed they were making progress in crushing protests. Still 5 days to go in Nov
1 of the main ways #CCP & #HK govt have tried to crush the protests is by banning all marches since Sep8. Court injunctions, MTR closures, mask ban & police attacks on 'unauthorized' protests are also used. Govt regards almost all protests now as unlawful.
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📣Spread it!!! #SOSHK

Some parents want to pick up their kids and police shoot tear gas to them!!!! 🆘🆘🆘

We cant let 8964 Tiananmen happens in #HK!!!
No reporters in #PolyU, #HKpolice had arrested first aider, doctors and press.. no one knows what happens in poly u now!!!!
@JustinTrudeau @AndrewScheer Please help #HK! #SOSHK Students in HK are fighting for freedom and human rights now. 📣 But HongKong Government do IGNORE our opinions! They even ordered #HKPolice to “kill” us all!! Please help #HongKong and #StandWithHK‼️🇭🇰🇭🇰🇭🇰
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#HK CRACKDOWN WATCH UPDATE: Police announced 325 arrests 11/1-3 in Facebook broadcast (after canceling press con). Once again, police didn't give overall arrest figure since 6/9. They haven't done so since 10/18. Based on my calculations, there have now been 3,392 arrests in all.
#HK CRACKDOWN WATCH UPDATE: 15 new protester defendants were charged in court yesterday (11/4), the highest single-day number in weeks. Now, in all, since 6/9, 464 protesters prosecuted, 232 for 'riot', 41 for assaulting police (up from 39 on 11/1); 31 remanded in custody.
Among the 15 charged in court 11/4 were 3 District Council candidates, w unlawful assembly & obstructing police, arrested at Victoria Park 11/2 when police teargased a peaceful gathering; one still in hospital after police pepperspray attack.…
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UPDATED AND CORRECTED thread on the two recent #HK injunctions 1/
This thread will make more sense if you've read the official Court documents themselves. The ones that matter for right now are the penal notices (referred to as the "injunction orders"). Direct links:



Two things to note about penal notices:

1) Their terms have to be clear. Disobeying an injunction is a contempt of court, which can mean jail. So obviously you need to know (a) who's affected and (b) what the injunction prohibits.

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So provocative: so many riot cops at TST waterfront, presumably to prevent a 3pm assembly. A very conflictual situation. Here’s one of the most recognisable & detested cops in #HK, front & center, a clear provocation
A line of about a hundred riot cops face off with hundreds of protesters over the right to freely gather. Apart from these cops, there are hundreds of others in the vicinity. The protesters are by and large the moderate sorts. No need for this provocation.
This is how it looks right on the frontline. The police officer is telling protesters to back off and disperse. Mostly middle-aged protesters are telling him we have a perfect right to be here & they should leave us alone.
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My computer’s crashed so I can’t update the tables on the #HK protests, but I’ve done the calculations. As of 10/21, 10,763,466 protesters have participated in 591 protests over 138 days.
I’ve seen some news media refer to dwindling protest numbers, but actually there’ve already been more #HK protesters in October (1,509,480) than in September (1,433,125)-a slight increase. These numbers don’t include the many protests with no precise crowd counts/estimates.
The biggest October protests:
10/20 350,000
10/14 130,000 (Pass US HRD Act)
10/6 800,000 (anti-mask ban)
10/1 200,000 (PRC day)
These numbers are even more extraordinary considering marches have been banned & police violence & arrests have increased.
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Clashes in #HongKong on 20th Straight Weekend of #Protests (Thread 👇)

Full video & story:…

#China #Eye4HK #加油 #antiELAB #反送中 #HkPoliceBrutality #HongKongProtests #FreeHK #StandWithHongKong #HongKongProtest
#HumanRights #Chinazi #HongKongPolice
"So everytime we do have a peaceful parade or march, it's just that every time there’s police coming out to provoke us. If they don’t come out, they don’t suddenly raise their flag, everytime it will be fine, it will be peaceful."

#StandWithHongKong #hkpolicebrutality #HongKong
"There are mysterious suicides everyday and there have been at least 114 mysterious suicides since the beginning of the time revolution in June, and we can see police brutality on the frontline on a daily basis."

#StandWithHongKong #hkpolicebrutality #HongKong #China #Eye4HK #HK
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The @chrf_hk volunteer lawyers team has issued a report on its work. Since 6/9, 80 lawyers have helped 870 arrested protesters , incl 90 minors. 170 were injured & sent to hospital. These lawyers are among the many unsung heroes of the #HK freedom struggle…
.@chrf_hk is 1 of several providing legal & financial aid to arrested & injured protesters: 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, Spark Alliance, @HongKongPLG, Arrested Persons Concern Group, Civil Rights Observer & Sue the Abuser, among others.
Thanks to them, the #HK freedom struggle has tremendous resources to support protesters in need. If you’re looking for groups to support, these are worthy. They’re part of a whole infrastructure behind the protests that’s allowed us to persevere & be self-sustaining.
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Interesting results from latest (10/8-14) @mingpaocom poll conducted by CUHK on protests:
Unsurprisingly, 71.4% of the 751 respondents oppose the mask ban (19.3 support it). 63.3% say it's counter-productive, 21.2-has no effect, 15.1-will calm situation…
Who's most responsible for the violence?
52.5%- govt
9.6-protesters (down 3.1% from previous poll in mid-September)
After the mask ban, should govt implement more measures under Emergency Regulations Ordinance?
76.6%- no
17.7 - yes
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Livefeed of protests across all 18 districts of #HK. They’re just getting started now, many in malls.
Just spray painted on the floor of apm mall, Kwun Tong: ‘#LiberateHongKong #RevolutionOfOurTimes
It’s completed with ‘#HK people, resist!’ & dates marking police crimes of omission & commission. #香港人反抗
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1. We disagree @Apple and @hkpoliceforce 's claim that HKmap App endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong.

#HKmap #HKmaplive #HK #Censorship
2. There is 0 evidence to support CSTCB's accusation that HKmap App has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement.
3. HKmap App never solicit, promote, or encourage criminal activity.
4. HKmap App consolidate information from user and public sources, e.g. live news stream, Facebook and Telegram
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There were at least 39 distinct demonstrations in #HK from 10/4-7; 800,650 participated (but most of the demos have no crowd counts).
The total number of #HK demonstrators since protests began is now 10,256,316 in a total of 540 protests.
The biggest demonstrations over the long weekend were the 2 marches on Sunday, on #HK Island (650,000) & Kowloon (150,000). These turnouts are extraordinarily large considering they were unauthorized & much of the MTR network was closed.
Together, w 800,000, they are the 4th biggest protest so far after 2mil on 6/12, 1.7mil on 8/18 & 1.03mil on 6/9. That fact's been lost in the #CCP, #HK govt & media fixation on the 'violence' associated with them. In fact, the vast majority of Sunday's protesters were nonviolent
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Andrew Nathan's study of #CCP thinking on #HK is probably the most serious attempt yet to get inside its head. If accurate (& I imagine it mostly is), it shows how deluded the CCP is & how badly it misunderstands the situation. See points below.…
1) #CCP believes what truly ails #HK are economic problems, not political ones.
Yes, but gross income inequality & unaffordability are long-standing, not new. & increasingly HK see they are caused by no democracy: elites collude w CCP & HK govt to retain economic privileges.
2) #CCP thinks #HK political problems are caused by a) its colonial legacy & b) western (ie, US) interference.
Actually, #UmbrellaMovement & current protests show HK people overcoming our colonial mentality (acquiescing to being run from elsewhere) & demanding self-determination.
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