UN Approves China-Backed Internet Convention That Could Lead to Lead to Censorship of Free Expression in Pretext of Fighting Crime

The UN has approved a new convention, led by Russia and backed by China, that would counter the criminal use of information and communications technologies, but the criminal use may become any criticism of government officials. -GEG

The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.

The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020.

The panel will work to set up “a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes,” the resolution said.

The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimizing crackdowns on expression, with numerous countries defining criticism of the government as “criminal.”

China heavily restricts internet searches to avoid topics sensitive to its communist leadership, as well as news sites with critical coverage.

A number of countries have increasingly tried to turn off the internet, with India cutting off access in Kashmir in August after it stripped autonomy to the Muslim-majority region and Iran taking much of the country offline as it cracked down on protests in November.

“It is precisely our fear that (a new convention) would allow the codification at an international and global level of these types of controls that’s driving our opposition and our concerns about this resolution,” a US official said.

Any new UN treaty that spells out internet controls would be “inimical to the United States’ interests because that doesn’t tally with the fundamental freedoms we see as necessary across the globe,” he said.

Human Rights Watch called the UN resolution’s list of sponsors “a rogue’s gallery of some of the earth’s most repressive governments.”

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Hong Kong: Following Raging Violence, 600 Students Give Themselves Up to Police While 100 Demonstrators Remain Under Siege 

The 5-month old Hong Kong protests were initially triggered by a bill allowing extradition to mainland China. The bill was withdrawn in September, but anti-government demonstrations continue. Over the past week, Hong Kong authorities have fought with students at various universities. Police raided the occupation of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) by protesters, and some of them battled against police with petrol bombs, bricks, arrows and other weapons. Police were authorized to used live rounds on students using lethal weapons. Some 600 students have walked off campus, due to ill-health and hypothermia after being blasted by water cannons, giving themselves up to police; they face 10 years in prison for protesting. Another 100 demonstrators remain inside, surrounded by police.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was another focal point of conflict with the police. CUHK hosts the Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX) that allows users to exchange information locally without routing through any other country. Communists in Beijing can either shut down the internet or monitor internet communications if it takes control of HKIX.

 

 

 

It’s like something out of a movie.

After a three-day standoff, roughly 100 students remain trapped inside the campus of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University. For more than a day, police have had the  campus surrounded, and have warned protesters that there’s only one way out – in handcuffs.

Despite a potential 10-year prison sentence (laws against rioting, which are being applied to the protesters, carry heavy penalties), some 600 students have already walked off campus into the waiting arms of police. Some surrendered because they were in ill-health after hypothermia set in. Of the 600 who left, 400 were above the age of 18 and were immediately arrested, while the 200 minors were stopped, then sent home. They could still face charges pending further investigation, the NYT reported.

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Additional sources:

https://nypost.com/2019/11/18/hong-kong-civilians-step-in-to-save-students-trapped-in-violent-protests/

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hong-kong-police-officier-shot-arrow-fiery-university-standoff-rages

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/heres-real-reason-why-hong-kong-authorities-are-desperate-regain-control-university

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49317695

 




Dictatorships at UN: China’s Concentration Camps Bring a ‘Stronger Sense of Happiness’

A group of 54 United Nations members issued a statement defending China for building over 1,000 concentration camps to imprison, torture, indoctrinate, rape, and kill Muslims, crediting the camps with building “a stronger sense of happiness” in the country. Belarus, claiming to speak on behalf of the other nations, issued this statement: “Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers. The past three consecutive years has [sic] seen not a single terrorist attack in Xinjiang and people there enjoy a stronger sense of happiness, fulfillment and security.” The NGO Human Rights Watch claims that the Chinese regime is bullying developing nations into silence on the conditions in Xinjiang.

A group of 54 United Nations members issued a statement Tuesday defending China for building over 1,000 concentration camps to imprison, torture, indoctrinate, rape, and kill Muslims, crediting the camps with building “a stronger sense of happiness” in the country.

Belarus, often considered the last dictatorship standing in Europe, delivered the statement on behalf of the China-allied nations at the General Assembly in response to a group statement condemning China’s human rights atrocities.

China has built hundreds of concentration camps in western Xinjiang province – home to the nation’s Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority – since late 2017, which it has used to imprison up to 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz Muslims. Survivors of the camps, mostly Kazakhs or Uyghurs married to foreign nations who appealed abroad for their freedom, say they were subject to forced sterilization and beatings, forced to memorize Communist Party propaganda songs, affirm their loyalty for dictator Xi Jinping, and serve as sex slaves for guards at the camps. Some also accused China of using the prisoners for slave labor to manufacture products sold in, among other places, the United States.

The Chinese government published the favorable statement in full.

Belarus, claiming to speak on behalf of other draconian states like Russia, Bolivia, Pakistan, and Democratic Republic of Congo, condemned “politicizing human rights issues by naming and shaming” human rights violators.

“Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers,” Belarus said, using China’s preferred term for the concentration camps. “The past three consecutive years has [sic] seen not a single terrorist attack in Xinjiang and people there enjoy a stronger sense of happiness, fulfillment and security.”

Despite the Chinese regime severely limiting the entry of foreigners or other Chinese people from elsewhere in the country into Xinjiang, the note said the countries “appreciate China’s commitment to openness and transparency,” referencing a staged “media access” tour China organized for the state media of various friendly countries.

The statement concluded by condemning those standing up for human rights and demanding they “refrain from employing unfounded charges against China based on unconfirmed information before they visit Xinjiang,” which they cannot do freely.

The statement followed an attack against human rights defenders in July by a coalition of countries with deep business ties to China for demanding accountability on the Xinjiang camps.

Belarus has a longstanding human rights record that the United Nations defined as “fundamentally poor” in July. It has only ever had one president since achieving independence from the Soviet Union. pro-Russia autocrat Alexander Lukashenko. Among the human rights crimes Lukashenko stands guilty of are the arbitrary arrest and silencing of journalists and dissidents and widespread regulations on speech and assembly.

Belarus is an “important” partner to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according to Beijing. The BRI is a sprawling infrastructure project nominally meant to expand modern transportation to connect Beijing to Western Europe. In reality, China has used the BRI to hand out predatory loans to developing countries, many of which then embezzle the money and leave the government deeply in debt. China then takes ownership of key properties in those countries, expanding its political reach.

Dictator Xi Jinping last visited Minsk in June to discuss the expansion of BRI projects.

BRI has, in part, silenced Muslim countries that would otherwise have a vested interest in defending Chinese Muslims from human rights atrocities. In addition to Pakistan, which co-signed the Belarussian statement at the U.N., countries like Malaysia and Turkey have also defended the camps. The Uyghurs are an ethnic Turkic people, making that country’s support all the more incongruent with its interests.

Belarus’s statement on Tuesday was a response to one by the ambassador to the United Kingdom representing 23 democracies – including America, Japan, Australia, Albania, and Canada.

“We call on the Chinese government to uphold its national laws and international obligations and commitments to respect human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, in Xinjiang and across China,” the statement read, demanding China allow the U.N. “meaningful access to Xinjiang” without complete control over where inspectors go and what they see.

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NBA’s Surrender To China Shows Money Still Talks Louder Than ‘Social Justice’

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent out a fairly innocuous tweet: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” voicing support for pro-democracy protesters. Chinese companies, presumably acting upon the demands of the Chinese government, began pulling their NBA sponsorships, and Chinese broadcasters and streaming platforms threatened to stop airing NBA games altogether. The NBA, and two players, quickly issued apologies. It appears that these corporations are more loyal to their income stream than to their professed support for the “fight for freedom”.

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Over the weekend, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent out what would seem to the average person to be a pretty innocuous tweet: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

Morey was voicing support for the ongoing pro-democracy protests taking place in the city. He certainly wasn’t expressing an uncommon opinion — American politicians on both sides of the aisle have also praised the historic protests. But China didn’t like Morey’s tweet. Presumably acting upon the demands of the Chinese government, Chinese businesses began pulling their NBA sponsorships, and Chinese broadcasters and streaming platforms threatened to stop airing NBA games altogether.

The NBA acted quickly, issuing one statement in English apologizing to China for Morey’s “regrettable” statement and one statement “translated” into Mandarin, which articulated something entirely different, according to ABC News — that the NBA was “extremely disappointed” with Morey’s “inappropriate” tweet that “severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.” Two of Morey’s best players on the Houston Rockets, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, also came out and publicly apologized, insisting, “We love China.”

Morey, of course, deleted the tweet and did what is typically required of sinners against social justice here in the United States — he genuflected towards the powers that be, offered a humiliating apology, and all but begged for the preservation of his career. But in this case, Morey wasn’t sinning against social justice, he was sinning against the powerful Chinese government, a brutal authoritarian regime that imprisons, tortures, and murders political dissidents, religious minorities, and anyone who dares promote democracy. Troublingly, this dictatorial power now appears to extend even into the U.S., with Morey’s public admonishment likely to have a chilling effect on any future high-profile criticism of the Chinese regime.

But while China’s actions were to be expected, the NBA’s response was far more surprising. After all, the NBA in recent years has been carefully working to craft the opposite brand — of a league committed to doing the right thing, to standing up against tyranny, to defending the rights of the downtrodden and the disenfranchised.

It was this supposed commitment that has led the NBA to increasingly throw its weight behind progressive political causes in recent years, most notably the transgender rights movement. In 2016, for example, in response to the passage of a bill in North Carolina which made public bathroom usage contingent on biological sex, the NBA helped lead a corporate bullying campaign against the state. Joining with companies like PayPal, Bank of America, and Adidas, as well as musicians like Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam, the NBA threatened to boycott activity in North Carolina (in particular, pledging to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte), hoping that the economic blackmail would force the state government to repeal the legislation. Although the campaign was only partially successful, the league has since threatened to boycott other states over similar legislation.

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China Unveils ‘Super Camera’ That Can Identify Thousands of People and Link Their Activities to the government Social-Credit System


China: A new 500-megapixel cloud camera AI system, with a resolution of five times more detailed than the human eye, is able to identify the faces of thousands of people in real time. The designers say police could set up the cameras in cities to monitor the movement of crowds, while cross-checking the images with medical and criminal records. The social-credit system is currently enforced using a network of over 200-million surveillance cameras. [Big Brother is in China but his younger brother is rapidly growing in the US and the rest of the world.] -GEG

Scientists have unveiled a 500 megapixel cloud camera system in China that they say is capable of capturing the facial details of each individual in a crowd of tens of thousands of people, raising fears facial recognition monitoring could soon reach a new level.

Key points:

  • The super camera can instantly detect specific targets in a crowd of thousands
  • It has the capacity to take both still images and record video
  • The abilities of such a camera raise serious concerns about privacy

 

 

The camera, which was revealed at China’s International Industry Fair last week, was designed by Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The camera’s resolution is five times more detailed than the human eye, and it is also equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, real-time monitoring and cloud computing technology, designers say.

All this means it can detect and identify human faces or other objects and instantly find specific targets even in a crowded stadium, Xiaoyang Zeng, one of the scientists who worked on the new technology, explained to reporters at the exhibition display.

He said this device — dubbed the “super camera” by local media — can capture both still images and record video.

 

Australian freelance technology journalist Alex Kidman said the camera was technically feasible but there were potential difficulties.

“The challenge for a camera of this scope, especially in a cloud-led AI environment is the quantity of data that’s needed to shuffle around for identification; as you raise the detail level of each image as the Fudan University scientists have done, you seriously raise the size of the files — especially for video — a substantial amount,” Kidman said.

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Chinese Scientists Have Developed a Handheld Sonic Weapon for Crowd Control

China has developed the world’s first portable sonic rifle gun, that is designed to disperse crowds using focused waves of low frequency sound. The device’s “biological effect” would cause extreme discomfort, with vibrations in the eardrums, eyeballs, stomach, liver, and brain. Tests from the 1940s reported that low frequency sound can cause dizziness, headaches, vomiting, bowel spasms, involuntary defecation, organ damage and heart attacks. The frequency and range of the weapon are unknown.

China has developed the world’s first portable sonic gun for

riot

control, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said.

The rifle-shaped instrument, which was jointly developed with military and law enforcement, is designed to disperse crowds using focused waves of low frequency sound, the academy’s Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry website said on Wednesday.

The device’s “biological effect” would cause extreme discomfort, with vibrations in the eardrums, eyeballs, stomach, liver, and brain, scientists said.

Studies dating to the 1940s found that low frequency sound energy could, depending upon intensity and exposure, cause dizziness, headaches, vomiting, bowel spasms, involuntary defecation, organ damage and heart attacks.

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Silicon Valley Is Building A Chinese-Style Social-Credit System in the US

Tim Pool explains that the US is creating a social-credit system, parallel to the one in China. The government is becoming obsolete, because most of our social functions are transacted through private companies, as much of our economy is reliant on the internet and large multinational companies have no allegiance to the people. China’s social-credit system punishes people for some behaviors while points are awarded for other more desirable actions.

In the US, life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find on social media accounts. PatronScan scans IDs at bars and restaurants and identifies ‘troublemakers’. A “public” list is shared among all PatronScan customers who then can refuse service to individuals with objectionable behavior. -GEG

Additional source:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90394048/uh-oh-silicon-valley-is-building-a-chinese-style-social-credit-system




China Accuses US of Inciting Protests in Hong Kong and Doxxes a US State Department Official

Chinese officials accused Julie Eadeh, of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong, of collaborating with pro-independence activists in Hong Kong who were protesting against mainland China. China’s state media accused her of being a subversion expert and a covert CIA agent who was sowing dissent and creating unrest. The Chinese government then leaked the American diplomat’s private information, pictures, and even names of her children. -GEG

update: The US State Department has released a statement in response to Chinese officials and state media accusing a US diplomatic official based in Hong Kong of interfering in Chinese affairs. State media widely reported on a viral photo showing US foreign service agent Julie Eadeh – identified as the political unit chief of the US Consulate General – meeting with leading anti-Beijing activists at a Hong Kong hotel on Tuesday amid continuing unrest in the semi-autonomous city. 

A State Department spokesperson on Thursday afternoon issued a statement calling China a thuggish regime” for releasing details on the US diplomat stationed in Hong Kong.

“I don’t think that leaking an American diplomat’s private information, pictures, names of their children, I don’t think that is a formal protest, that is what a thuggish regime would do,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a news briefing. “That is not how a responsible nation would behave.”

Multiple Chinese state media reporters previously referred to Eadeh as a “subversion expert” who is in contact with Hong Kong protest organizers in order to fuel chaos and unrest in the city. 

China earlier in the day summoned US consulate officials over the matter, demanding answers.  

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previously

After a viral photo surfaced this week revealing continuing contact between well-known Hong Kong pro-independence protest leaders and a US diplomatic officer, China has summoned US consulate officials stationed in the cityBloomberg reports.

According to a statement from Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, Chinese officials asked the Americans to clarify media reports that a US diplomat had contacted the local protest leaders. Bloomberg reports the clear firm message sent that “China firmly opposes any contacts with them and urges U.S. to stop sending wrong signals to violent law breakers in Hong Kong.”

As well organized anti-Beijing protests have raged and continued to escalate this summer over the deeply controversial extradition bill, Beijing authorities have repeatedly blamed a US “hidden hand” for fueling the crisis. 

Pro-Beijing publications reported that protest leaders and key organizers Joshua Wong and Nathan Law had met with American consular official Julie Eadeh in the late afternoon on Tuesday at the JW Marriott Hotel in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong.

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Tech Mogul, Peter Thiel, Says Google Is a Threat to National Security and May Have Committed Treason


President Trump indicated there may be a US investigation of Google after tech mogul, Peter Thiel, suggested that the company has been working and sharing its artificial intelligence (AI) information with the Chinese military instead of US armed forces — and that top management has become a hotbed for Chinese spies. Thiel posed questions for investigators’ probe into Google’s AI software: “How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated Google? Have the Chinese, in particular, infiltrated? And why are you working with Communist China and not the U.S.?” Google replied that it does not work with the Chinese military. -GEG

President Trump said his administration will probe Silicon Valley
billionaire Peter Thiel’s claims that Google has “seemingly treasonous”
ties with China.

Trump signaled there will be a US investigation after Thiel over the weekend suggested that Google has been actively working with the Chinese military instead of the US armed forces — and that top management has become a hotbed for Chinese spies.

In a Tuesday morning tweet,
Trump called Thiel — a libertarian tech tycoon who helped bankroll
Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — a “great and brilliant guy who
knows this subject better than anyone,” and said that the “Trump
Administration will take a look!”

In a Sunday speech before the National Conservatism Conference in
Washington, DC, Thiel said Google should be investigated by the FBI and
CIA “in a not excessively gentle manner.” He didn’t provide any evidence
for his concerns, but urged investigators to ask the search giant three
questions.

“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated
your Manhattan Project for AI?” Thiel said, likening Google parent
Alphabet’s DeepMind artificial intelligence project to the secret US program that developed the atomic bomb.

“Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have
been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?” Thiel asked.

Lastly, he said the feds should ask Google executives if they
“consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have
engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese
military and not with the US military” because the tech would be stolen
by China anyway.

Under pressure from its own employees, Google last summer pledged
that it would not use AI in ways that could be considered unethical,
declining to renew a contract with the US military to use its AI
technology to analyze drone footage.

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China Profits by Billions in Forced Organ Transplant Business that Harvests Organs from Dissidents and Minorities


Experts estimate that between 60,000 and 100,000 organs are transplanted annually in China, as the country rakes in an eye-popping $10 billion to 20 billion in profits. The author makes the case that political dissidents and minorities are used as forced organ transplant ‘donors’ and offers the short wait time for organ recipients as evidence that ‘donors’ are being slaughtered for their body parts. Virtually every organ transplant in China costs the life of an innocent human being.

Zheng Qiaozhi — we will call him George — still has nightmares. He
was interning at China’s Shenyang Army General Hospital when he was
drafted to be part of an organ-harvesting team.

The prisoner was brought in, tied hand and foot, but very much alive.
The army doctor in charge sliced him open from chest to belly button
and exposed his two kidneys. “Cut the veins and arteries,” he told his
shocked intern. George did as he was told. Blood spurted everywhere.

The kidneys were placed in an organ-transplant container.

Then the doctor ordered George to remove the man’s eyeballs. Hearing
that, the dying prisoner gave him a look of sheer terror, and George
froze. “I can’t do it,” he told the doctor, who then quickly scooped out
the man’s eyeballs himself.

George was so unnerved by what he had seen that he soon quit his job at the hospital and returned home. Later, afraid that he might be the next victim of China’s forced organ-transplant business, he fled to Canada and assumed a new identity.

First-person accounts like George’s are understandably rare. The “transplant tourists” who
come to China are naturally told nothing about the “donors” of their new
heart, liver or kidney. And those who are executed for their organs
tell no tales.

Experts estimate that between 60,000 and 100,000 organs are
transplanted annually in China. Multiply that number times the cost of a
liver transplant ($170,000) or a kidney transplant ($130,000), and the
result is an eye-popping $10 billion to 20 billion.

And where do these hundreds of thousands of organs come from? George was told nothing about the background of the young man whose kidneys he fatally removed except that he was “under 18 and in good health.”

But experts like Ethan Gutmann, author of several books on the
subject, believe that the vast majority are obtained by executing
prisoners of conscience.

One particularly rich source of fresh organs for China’s transplant
industry in recent years has been the Falun Gong, which was declared a
heretical Buddhist sect in 1999 by then-Party Secretary Jiang Zemin.
Hundreds of thousands — perhaps millions — of the group’s followers have
been arrested and disappeared into a vast network of secret prisons,
many never to reemerge — at least in one piece.

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The Dark Side to China’s Smart Cities: Everyone’s Being Watched


About 500 of the roughly 1,000 smart cities being built worldwide are in China, but the money allocated for the cities, $74 billion in public and private investment, has instead been spent on enhancing government surveillance of Chinese citizens. The security apparatus uses a vast network of cameras, facial and even gait recognition along with artificial intelligence and cloud computing to identify and track many of China’s 1.34 billion people. Most citizens are required to download apps on their phones that let the authorities monitor what they look at and track their movements, which can land someone in one of the gulags.

Earlier this year, a U.S. congressional committee commissioned a
report on China’s development of “smart cities,” with a particular focus
on whether they were smarter than their American counterparts.

The
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s (USCC) request for
submissions was revealing because it showed that, despite the hype, not
much is known about the fruits of China’s efforts to build such cities.
Smart cities are highly digitally connected and use the latest
technology to manage services.

About 500 of the roughly 1,000
smart cities being built worldwide are in China, according to Chinese
state media, government figures and estimates from Deloitte. Under a
five-year plan to the end of 2020, the Chinese government expects $74
billion of public and private investment in these cities.

Yet while scattered futuristic pilot examples can be found — from intelligent lighting and power grids to smart traffic management — there is little evidence that this grand vision is dramatically improving the lives of the masses.

Instead, it appears that the bulk of the resources poured into smart
city development has gone into improving surveillance of Chinese
citizens by the pervasive domestic security services. For nearly a
decade, China has spent more on internal security than on its defense
budget. Put another way: The Communist Party spends more on monitoring
its own people than on guarding against foreign threats.

“It’s
very clear that surveillance is a significant element in China’s
conception of smart cities,” says Rogier Creemers, an expert in Chinese
law and technology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. “This
involves across-the-board surveillance that is partly political and
partly about mechanizing ordinary street-level policing.”

The
security apparatus uses a vast network of cameras, facial and even gait
recognition along with artificial intelligence and cloud computing to
identify and track many of China’s 1.34 billion people.

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Hong Kong Police Fire 150 Cans of Tear Gas at Demonstrators at Mass Protests Against Extradition Law


Citizens gathered for mass protests in Hong Kong against their communist rulers in mainland China as they consider a new law allowing extraditions from Hong Kong to greater China. Hong Kong officials complained that the lack of extradition created a haven for criminals from the mainland. Hong Kong Police Commissioner Stephen Lo has said “low fatality weapons,” including rubber bullets, bean bags and tear gas canisters, were used to clear the protests, claiming that demonstrators charged police lines with weapons.[/su_note

Over the past few days, huge numbers of protestors have gathered in Hong Kong to take a stand against another change in Hong Kong law instituted by Mainland China.  The protests turned ugly when police fired tear gas at the outraged demonstrators.

China instituted another change in Hong Kong law that has infuriated Hong Kong citizens.
The Hong Kong Free Press reported:

Hong Kong Police Commissioner Stephen Lo has said “low fatality weapons” were used to clear Wednesday’s anti-extradition law protests because demonstrators charged police lines with weapons.

Lo said the protests were organised, describing them as a “riot.” He added that around 150 tear gas canisters,
“several” rounds of rubber bullets, and 20 beanbag shots were fired
during the protest clearance. In comparison, 87 rounds of tear gas
canisters were used during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests.

Eleven people were arrested for crimes in relation to disorderly
conduct in public, unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers, and
riot-related offences. He said 22 police officers were injured.

The protests are in response to changes to be voted upon in Hong Kong law –

It explicitly allows extraditions from Hong Kong to
greater China – including the mainland, Taiwan and Macau – for the first
time, closing what Hong Kong government officials have repeatedly
described as a “loophole” that they claim has allowed the city to become
a haven for criminals from the mainland.

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