70-year-old dies after being hit on head during Hong Kong clashes

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019   •   760

Protesters prepare to clash with police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong, China, 14 November 2019. Hong Kong is in its sixth month of mass protests, which were originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill, and have since turned into a wider pro-democracy movement. EPA-EFE/MIGUEL CANDELA

HONG KONG – A cleaner subcontracted by the Hong Kong government died overnight after he was apparently struck on the head by a brick amid protest clashes on Nov. 13, authorities reported Friday.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) released a statement expressing “profound sadness” over the death of the outsourced cleaning service contractor on Thursday night.

The man was hit during his lunch break near North District Town Hall on Wednesday.

“We have requested the service contractor to follow up the labor insurance and compensation matters promptly,” said an FEHD spokesperson, according to the statement which added that the police would do everything to investigate the case and bring the “offenders to justice.”

Since the first day of the general strike on Monday, Hong Kong has witnessed a sharp rise in violence with demonstrations ending in clashes that have resulted in several people injured.

On Wednesday, two people were reported to be seriously injured — a 15-year-old who was hit on the head by a tear gas canister, and the now-deceased 70-year-old man who died Thursday night.

On Monday, a 21-year-old boy was shot by a traffic policeman and in a separate incident, a 57-year-old was set alight after a political argument.

The young man’s condition improved from critical to serious and has reportedly been arrested for unlawful assembly, whereas the man set alight remains critical with burns to 44 percent of his body.

On Nov. 8, a 22-year-old student died after being in a coma for several days after falling from the third to the second floor of a parking lot in a building situated near clashes between the police and protesters.

The circumstances around the death remain unclear.

Continued protests and clashes between demonstrators and riot police at several campuses of educational institutions in Hong Kong has led several universities to announce an early end to the semester on Thursday.

The demonstrations, which have drawn massive crowds since June following a contentious proposed extradition law, have turned into a movement seeking to improve democracy in the city-state and safeguard the region’s partial autonomy from Beijing.

Some demonstrators have opted for more radical tactics than peaceful civil disobedience and violent clashes with the police have been frequent. – EFE-EPA

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China warns of consequences if UK offers residency to HK citizens

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday (July 2) that Britain would bear all consequences for any move it took to offer Hong Kong citizens a path to settlement in the UK.

China reserved the right to act against Britain over the issue, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing, without specifying what countermeasures Beijing might take.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that Britain would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship. (Reuters)

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HK police arrest 10 under national security law

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

Hong Kong police have arrested 10 people for violating the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) which came into effect on Tuesday.

They were the first arrests made under the law since it took effect.

According to the Hong Kong police force, as of 22:40 Wednesday, apart from the 10 arrested for breaching the national security law, around 360 arrests had also been made for offenses including unlawful assemblies, disorderly conduct in public places and furious driving.

Rioters chanted slogans, calling for separation of the SAR from China. Police used water cannon to disperse the crowd.

A total of seven police officers were injured on duty, said Hong Kong police on its social media.

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, on Tuesday passed the national security law.

The law seeks to prevent, stop and punish acts and activities that endanger national security, namely secession, subversion, terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements. (Reuters)

UK says China’s security law is “clear violation” of Hong Kong treaty

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

The United Kingdom said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and called on the People’s Republic to honor its international obligations.

“We have very carefully now assessed the contents of this national security legislation since it was published last night,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Reuters and the BBC.

“It constitutes a clear violation of the autonomy of Hong Kong, and a direct threat to the freedoms of its people, and therefore I’m afraid to say it is a clear and serious violation of the Joint Declaration treaty between the United Kingdom and China.”

Raab said he would set out shortly the action Britain would take with its international partners.

Hong Kong’s autonomy was guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” agreement enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed by then Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule – imposed after Britain defeated China in the First Opium War. (Reuters)

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