The government unleashes its propaganda machine: fake news, misinformation, ideology and patriotism. The reasons for the demonstrations are never explained. The official media call the protesters "rat droppings". Chinese from the mainland posing as tourists, in reality policemen and members of the secret services. Ban on sending helmets, umbrellas, masks, gloves to Hong Kong that demonstrators use to protect themselves from tear gas and rubber bullets.
A High Court injunction allows protesters to stay in only two small areas in the arrivals area. Yesterday risk of violence and bloodshed risked amid clashes and in the fray, a policeman even pulled out a handgun. The Hong Kong and Macao Liaison Office calls the demonstrators who blocked departures yesterday "terrorists". Carrie Lam responsible for destuction of "One country, two systems" principle .
Lekima is the ninth typhoon in 2019, and the strongest to date. The torrential rains - up to 732 mm - causes rivers to overflow, which flooded entire counties. Damage to agriculture, homes, communications.
In a press conference, the head of the executive continues to defend her work and that of the police. Appeal amid tears: Restore order; then dialogue. Even the police defend themselves, accused of too much violence. In one day, the anti-extradition movement raises funds of 15 million Hong Kong dollars. Airport reopened.
As of 4 pm, all departing flights have been cancelled. Only flights already headed to the airport will be allowed to land. After yesterday's police violence, student associations have called for more sit-ins and strikes. For mainland, there are "signs of terrorism".
For the protesters the police are "completely out of control" and have "lost humanity". The woman hit by a bullet risks losing an eye. At the behest of Beijing, Cathay Pacific personnel participating in the demonstrations are excluded from flights in China and through China. Tomorrow's sit-in for health care personnel in Shatin, at the Prince of Wales hospital.
US concern is centred on Haifa Port, which will be run by Chinese interests in 2021. In 2018, Beijing has promised US$ 23 billion in loans and aid to Mideast countries and plans to invest another 28 in infrastructure. The Pentagon warns that the region’s countries risk falling into Beijing's orbit.
For the veteran political commentator and journalist, Xi Jinping is too eager to "look good" before the world and cannot “lose face” before the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Organised crime groups and the Chinese police are working together. Riot police from Guangdong have been incorporated within Hong Kong police. The awakening of civil society and religious communities in China is pushing the regime towards repression, but its days are numbered.
For Mgr Arshad, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, India's move will create "many problems for peace in South Asia" and the world. UN chief urges "maximum restraint". Calls are made to defuse the crisis.
Catholics march in Central. The auxiliary bishop asks the police to be more "professional" and the young to renounce violence. Repeated civil society demands: permanently cancel the extradition law and launch an independent investigation into the excessive use of force by the police.
Kyrgyz and Chinese workers clash leaving 40 people injured. A sit-in in front of the Chinese company for the government to withdraw the mining license. High technology and corruption privilege Chinese contractors.
Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, met with 500 pro-Beijing delegates, lawmakers and businessmen in Shenzhen. Hong Kong’s protests have become a "coloured revolution", like those in some post-Soviet countries. The army could be used to restore law and order. A young student has been arrested preventively. Troll group Diba is promoting contempt for young protesters online.
The return to the "original aspirations" in the Party is the new slogan launched by the "president for life" to bend the cadres to his rule. But in the meantime the "trade war" and the domestic economy are jeopardizing the successes of his policy.
The tremors were felt in many cities. Taipei's 101 skyscraper fluctuated 15 cm. Black-outs last several hours and rail traffic in tilt. The provincial road n. 9 freed from some landslide.
India has decided to remake the region by splitting it into two areas: Muslim-Hindu Jammu-Kashmir, and Buddhist Ladakh. China’s Foreign Ministry has criticised Delhi's decision for undermining “China’s territorial sovereignty”, a step deemed “unacceptable” by Beijing.