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Saturday Protest Canceled In Hong Kong After Sudden Arrest Of Key Activists

Via Zerohedge…

Summary: Saturday’s planned protest in Hong Kong has been canceled after the arrest of three of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest leaders on Friday; Joshua Wong, Andy Chan, and Agnes Chow.

CNBC’s Eunice Yoon notes that the arrests are being described on Chinese media as a crackdown on “the activists who create chaos in Hong Kong.”

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Update (0105ET): Saturday’s planned protest marking the fifth anniversary of the 2014 event which sparked the Umbrella Movement has been canceled, according to The Guardian.

Bonnie Leung from the Civil Human Rights Front said:

The appeal board has just rejected our appeal.

Our first principle is always to protect all the participants and make sure that no one could bear legal consequences because of participating in the protest that we organised.

However, because of the appeal board’s decision, we can see no way that we can keep this principle and also continue our march and protest. Therefore the civil human rights front has no option but to cancel the march tomorrow.

The Civil Human Rights Front would like to sincerely apologise to the public and hope you can understand what we explained and the difficulty we are facing. At the same time, we understand that the right to march and the right to protest is a human right and is very important to Hong HOng people. The CHRF will continue to apply for marches and apply for rallies.

“I think the police are using all kinds of excuses to arrest all kinds of people including us. They arrested Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow this morning so there is a real danger we could face the same consequences as well. We will try our best to preserve CHRF as a legal organiser. If we do otherwise, the police may use that as an excuse to give us even more trouble in the future,” she added.

It will be interesting to see who does come out, and what Hong Kong (and possibly Beijing) authorities do about it.

Update (2205ET):  Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow has been arrested, according to her Demosisto party colleague Jeffrey Ngo.

Chow was arrested at her home in Tai Po on Friday morning.

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Update (2145ET): Just minutes after the arrest of Joshua Wong (as we detailed below), Andy Chan, the leader of the banned pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, has reportedly  been detained whilst trying to board a flight to Japan.

A police spokesperson told HKFP that Chan was arrested on suspicion of rioting and assaulting a police officer. The Organized Crime And Triad Bureau are investigating.

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As we detailed earlier, pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested ahead of this weekend’s planned protests throughout the city, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

According to his colleague, Nathan Law, Wong was forced into a private vehicle at 7:30 a.m. on the street and escorted to the Wan Chai police headquarters. According to Law, Wong is being held on three yet-unknown charges, and is being represented by attorneys.

The arrest of Wong – who was released from prison on June 17 after serving a five-week sentence related to the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement – comes hours after pro-independence leader Andy Chan was arrested at the airport.

Wong was the face of those 2014 protests which paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for 79 days.

The Hong Kong protests began in mid-June in response to a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed China to transport suspects to the mainland for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts, according to US News.

Much like the Yellow Vest movement in France, the initial grievance has evolved into a broad anti-government movement every weekend since it began. In early June, 1.3 million residents took to the streets.

While the protests have been largely peaceful, each weekend has been marked with clashes between a more violent subset of protesters and Hong Kong riot police – who have deployed tear gas, batons, water canons and other crowd-control measures.

Beijing’s patience, meanwhile, may be running out – as Chinese troops and armored trucks were seen entering Hong Kong in the “wee hours of Thursday” under the pretext of a “planned garrison rotation.”

Needless to say, it will be interesting to see how this weekend’s protests go now that key organizers have been arrested and the threat of direct – and possibly deadly Chinese intervention looms.

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Interrogation of the leaders will determine the Western funders of these riots and the trail to the US/UK/ Israeli ‘money trees’ I would think.

Chinese government wisdom will be winners of this attempted US Color Revolution I hope.

Jack_Garbo
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The NED will be looking for new useful idiots, and Jimmy Lai will figuring a cost/effectiveness tally. Waste of time, money and energy.

Regula
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Regula

China has no intention to intervene in Hong Kong. It would play directly into the hands of the US to bait China into some violent intervention as a means to vilify China. That is of course what the violence on Hong Kong tried to precipitate. And when the police tried to stop the violence, the police was immediately accused of brutality. In reality, as all the buds show, the police was incredibly lenient and patient. Also, the west has to stop misinterpreting the extradition law: it would have made it possible to prevent crime committed in one special administration zone… Read more »

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Delia Santos

These protests have a good measure of organic element to it. They’re not all CIA co-conspirators.
Hong Kong is pretty much an enclave within China; it still retains its own currency and central bank, making it a de facto and de jure sovereign within China’s borders. The people in HK and China are obviously frustrated with the situation, you just have to look from both vantage points to understand that. That being said, the Chinese Gov needs to show restraint, as it showed already, and outlast this crisis.

Porkshanks for Dinner
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Porkshanks for Dinner

Organic element…ha ha. So did the Maidan, until it was hijacked by dark elements for even darker purposes.

Just read the playbook. In fact, don’t even bother. It’s so transparent, it can be extrapolated, reverse engineered if you will, by simple observation of regime change operations of the past two decades..

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

You are quite right,Regula, there is no way that criminals within the UK could escape justice in the Isle of Man or even the Falkland Islands for instance.

Tim
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Tim

Good for China. Now take these agitators to court and hit them with huge fines and bills for the damage they’ve caused. Them expel the US Consul, from whom they’ve been receiving their orders, followed by all the Western NGOs that are aiding and abetting them. Hit them so hard and make an example of them so their minions will think twice before causing trouble again.

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Sally Snyder

Here is an interesting look at the training manual for Hong Kong’s demonstrators:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/08/on-front-lines-of-hong-kongs-civil.html

The demonstrators in Hong Kong are far more organized and have learned a great deal about how to push back against Hong Kong’s police forces since the anti-government demonstrations first started in March 2019.

OTPOR
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OTPOR

Next step….flying in some Georgian snipers.

Mr Reynard
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Mr Reynard

I’m horrified ! I’m outraged !
US/ZATO quick ! Quick start bombing Hong Kong to protect the civilians ?

War profiteers and the military-industrial complex

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