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I grew up in South London in the Thatcher years. There was a lot of hostility towards the police. When I moved to #HongKong in the early 90s, I was struck by the genial relations between people and the police. They were generally liked and respected 1/
#HongKong people were proud that their police force was not like the Public Security Bureau of China. There were always bad eggs but generally, the force was considered clean and professional. People trusted them 2/
I covered and attended many protests over the years. In the past they were almost always peaceful and there was little aggro from the police. This began to change in the CYLeung years as Beijing tightened the screws and society became more polarised 3/
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Demonstrators have gathered for another day of protests as Hong Kong officials are set to debate a controversial law that would ease extraditions to mainland China
🇭🇰 Protesters in Hong Kong drag barricades into the middle of a road leading to the Legislative Council building as they prepare for another mass demonstration on a controversial #ExtraditionBill #香港 #反送中
🇭🇰 Here’s the scene now near Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building where a mass protest is set to take place #ExtraditionBill #香港 #反送中

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Very bad news indeed from Hong Kong, for democracy and for a viable planetary future. China's annual CO2 emissions now account for roughly 1/3 of the world total. What chance for #FridaysForFuture, #schoolstrike4climate or #ExtinctionRebellion there?
theguardian.com/world/2019/apr…
At a time when civil disobedience, mass movements, divestment and lawsuits seem much more promising to turn the tide on fossil fuel use than long-touted market mechanisms, this is a very dark turn of events indeed. Solidarity with the Hong Kong ☂️ #UmbrellaMovement #Occupy.
Erratum/correction tweet: I ran some numbers and China is responsible for closer to 1/4 than 1/3 of global emissions (data from 2016). Thanks to @Spartacus4NOW for making me check!
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4 years ago today -- at this time -- the streets of central Hong Kong looked like this.

I took this about an hour after police fired tear gas at pro-democracy students demonstrating outside the city's legislature.

That move prompted thousands of HKers to come out in support
I had been covering the protests that day & went to go charge camera batteries when the phone started buzzing with messages about the tear gas. I raced back to Admiralty subway station below the protest site where students had set up makeshift first aid stations
Exiting the station the acrid smell of tear gas was unmistakable. The police had donned gas masks while protesters did what they could.
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