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With the 1.7mil turnout in #HK today, the total number of demonstrators in anti-extradition/anti-govt protests has now surpassed the total population of HK:
So far, 7,564,440 demonstrators have participated in 61 demonstrations.
Astounding: Where else in history have you had the total number of participants in demonstrations exceed the size of the total population where the demonstrations occurred? #HK is truly in a class of its own.
The 1.7mil turnout today is even bigger than the 1.03mil turnout at the 1st mass march on #June9 & rivalled the 2mil on #June16. If anything, in the past 2 months, the movement's grown stronger.
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Ever since #HongKong's protests began, I often got asked why the city's tycoons have stayed silent.

Today, HK's richest man Li Ka-shing has published two separate msgs on front pages newspapers across political spectrum.

Here are some interpretation on the 91-yo's wisdom:
The colour msg is more direct. It says “violence” with a cross through it, flanked by slogans calling for loving China and HK, and “stop anger and violence in the name of love”.
What not to miss is that it also says "the worst fruit [result] could be bore from the best cause".
The black-and-white msg is what left people guessing. It begins with: "As I have said before", & 8 Chinese characters: “The melon of Huangtai cannot bear the picking again.”

Li has used this line in addressing contentious political issues before. This is the story behind it:
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HKD running for the exits before beijing’s planned massacre. Investors have lost trust...and history tells us what happens next #bankingandcurrencycrisis #HK #china #monsters
On a more technical note, spot and forwards have inverted without rates inverting. The currency is trading on an exodus regardless of where the monetary authorities set rates. #MassExodus #hk
HKD “EMERGING MARKET BLOW UP” Typically, a higher HKD/USD rate spread would result in high points, but lower spot. However due to the emerging tail risks, spot and points are moving in the same direction – a correlation typical for emerging market blow up scenarios. #HKexit
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#HK CRACKDOWN WATCH UPDATE: Of the 49 arrested in Sheung Wan on #July28, on July 31, 44 were charged w 'riot' & 1 w illegal possession of an offensive weapon. Of the 4 others, 2 were released on bail & 2 released unconditionally.
bit.ly/2M67fGu
Before these 45, only 1 of the 199 arrested in relation to #HK protests had reportedly been charged. The 44 'riot' charges is a very significant development. It is clearly part of the #CCP & #HK govt & police strategy for ending the 8-weeks-long protests:
First, ban as many protests as possible (2 so far). Second, #CCP, #HK govt & police speak out in unison about 'violence', 'rule of law' & 'the bottom line'. Third, arrest people in large numbers & immediately charge them with serious offenses w potential long prison sentences.
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#HonKong Thread: Hong Kong protesters abandoned Facebook for other platforms - "Facebook is not a useful tool for the movement except for those celebrities and parties, on which they make announcements and deliver statements." euronews.com/2019/07/12/hon…
The 2014 Hong Kong generation was dependent on Facebook. Now, "most young people don't use Facebook anymore & turned to Snapchat or Instagram." At the core of the issue is Facebook's algorithm, which prioritizes posts triggering an intense debate in the comments.
"In 2014, Facebook amplified the disagreements between the various "school of thoughts". EconReporter wrote. "In 2014, the movement had no experience and leaders did not know how to handle it and promote democratic decisions within it," Han Mei said.
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Utterly scurrilous: This (imposed) leader of #HK has hidden from press & public since June 18 while the city's undergone one of the biggest crises in its history. Then she calls a sudden 4am press con w the police commissioner... news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/compon…
...both of whom should resign to take responsible for the crisis into which they pitched the city, and instead she attacks people who have been trying to meet her for weeks, and yet she's refused to meet them. Astounding. As recently as yesterday...
...the very moderate Legco pro-democracy leaders were trying to meet her to defuse the situation, and she refused, as she has repeatedly throughout the crisis. She says she wants to listen to voices, but won't meet anyone. Now this person smells an opportunity to shift focus...
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Legco reopens today after being closed from Wed to Tue by protests. Near 11am start, 2 pro-democracy members will put urgent questions on @hkpoliceforce misconduct to Secretary for Security. Later, Dennis Kwok to move motion of no confidence in govt. legco.gov.hk/yr18-19/englis…
@hkpoliceforce Jeremy Tam requests that Legco begin with a moment of silence for the deceased protester. Pro-Communist Legco president says no.
@hkpoliceforce Kwok Ka-ki interrupts proceedings to accuse pro#CCP president of having no courage and hiding during protests of recent days. He asks him if he, like Carrie Lam, will apologize. 'You've made Legco unable to monitor the govt.'
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Thread - As we expect another huge turnout for the anti-extradition bill protest in #HK, police and protesters are already on standby mode in Causeway Bay.
Once again, East Point Road becomes the center of the protest, where pro-democracy political parties and organizations already set up their booths and start engaging protesters and passersby through loudspeakers.
Lots of anger are aimed at the Hong Kong police, who have already deployed large amount of personnel along East Point Road.
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Thread - An enlightening encounter that just happened to me in a coffee shop in #HK: I was grabbing a quick coffee break at the famous Arabica coffee shop in Kennedy Town, and while I was chatting away with an HK friend in Mandarin about the anti-extradition bill protest,...
a high school girl walked over and handed me a flyer about Sunday's protest. She asked me "Can I invite you to join tomorrow's protest?" I was a bit surprised as I certainly didn't expect such reaction to the conversation that I had with my friend.
She told me she's 16, and that when she heard my Taiwanese accent, she decided to approach me and invite me to join the protest. "If the bill passed, I think the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed under the One Country, Two Systems’ model will disappear," she told me."
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With the 30th anniversary of the #June4 #TiananmenMassacre now 2 weeks away, today I start featuring profiles of #CCP murder victims from @hrichina's excellent 'Unforgotten'. I also change my profile pic to #DuanChanglong & encourage others to do likewise. truth30.hrichina.org/unforgotten.ht…
#HK journalists have made a new series of dozens of short video testimonies (w English sub-titles) about their coverage of the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China 30 years ago to commemorate #June4. #六四30 youtube.com/channel/UCaSjK…
The book to read for the 30th anniversary of the #June4 #TiananmenMassacre is @liaoyiwu1's Bullets & Opium about the ordinary people imprisoned in the crackdown's aftermath. Here's an excerpt. #六四30 qz.com/1593708/bullet…
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Sería muy interesante armar el maratón de #MCU alrededor de #Avengers, pero acomodando todas las escenas de todas las películas en una sola línea temporal. No incluyo las series por que sería sumamente largo y complicado.

Abro #hilo y me explico.
#AvengersElHilo
Actualmente hay dos formas (bueno hay un chingo) en que puedes ver todas las películas del Universo Cinematográfico de Marvel:
1.- En el orden cronológico de lanzamiento, es decir comenzar con #IronMan (2008), hasta llegar a #AvengersEndgame (2019).
2.- Viéndolas en orden cronológico de tiempo de los eventos, es decir, comenzar con lo que sucedió primero con #CaptainAmerica: The First Avenger y terminando con #AvengersEndgame. Esto sin contar los "flashbacks" con los que comienzan algunas como #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy
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🇨🇳 #CHINA Q3 GDP Y/Y: 6.5% V 6.6%E (slowest growth since Q1 2009)
*NBS spokesman Mao Shengyong said that the international situation was bringing “downward pressure” on China.
*Link: bloom.bg/2RVX1ZA
🇫🇷 🇪🇺 🇨🇳 French tire maker Michelin warned of declining sales in Europe and #China in the second half of the year, dragging down shares of its competitors in the U.S. and Europe - Bloomberg
*Statement: bit.ly/2EujhqH
🇺🇸🇨🇳🇪🇺 In a volley of filings, the EU, #China and the U.S. this week escalated disputes over new U.S. metals tariffs, the European response to those levies, and Chinese intellectual property practices - Bloomberg
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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My thread yesterday re #TyphoonMangkhut went viral. Impossible to reply all so here is a general 👇

To all the kind concerned people: we are all safe. Back to work today.

To media: we r not defined by the disaster we encounter, but how we encounter it. Report that too pls. 1/
2/ to the #ClimateChange deniers who attacked me: keep sleep walking, geniuses.

To many who don’t know HK: the typhoon didn’t cut off our gas, electricity, internet. Everything worked fine. The first responders started 2 work during the typhoon. #HK is bouncing back already.
3/ To the people of #HK: i wasn’t born nor brought up here, but HK is home. There is no other place I can think of w such ability to bounce back w efficiency, resilience, & amazing work ethics. Our city has lagged behind in the last years but I’m profoundly proud & bullish #HK.
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It’s 9am. Still windy, but #TyphoonManghkut has passed. Since my THEAD yesterday abt the typhoon went viral, I now would like to show how amazing this city is: efficient, undeterred, hardworking, resilient. Fellow HKers pls feel free to add to this thread! #HKSpirit
People lining up for bus to go to work 12 hours after the worst storm in the world this year hit this city. #HKSpirit
Workers (mostly women) got up early to clean off the debris and fallen brunches to ensure an early recovery for smooth traffic. #HKSpirit
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Starting a thread of various videos today in HK and Shenzhen as the world’s strongest storm #TyphoonManghkut wiping our cities. (Videos are not mine but collected from messages doing the rounds w WhatsApp and WeChat)
Someone’s apartment in the east side of HK
Shek’O beach
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