Political Unrest
Associated Press/Photo by Kin Cheung

Hong Kong leader booed off stage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/16/19, 10:50 am

Opposition lawmakers heckled and shouted over Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as she tried to deliver her annual policy speech to the Legislative Council on Wednesday. After two tries, Lam opted to give her address via a video recording instead.

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Associated Press/Photo by Emilio Morenatti

Catalan sentencing sparks unrest in Spain

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/15/19, 11:15 am

Protesters continued to block roads and railway lines in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday after mass demonstrations against the Spanish government a day earlier. A court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in prison on Monday, sparking the protests in the capital of the Catalonia region. Demonstrators gathered at the Barcelona airport, forcing the cancellation of at least 110 flights. More than 170 people, including 40 police officers, sustained injuries.

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Stepping into the fray

Asia | As violent demonstrations roil Hong Kong, a bold group of volunteers is providing moral support and physical protection for young protesters
by June Cheng
Posted 10/10/19, 01:14 pm

On the road in front of the luxury mall Pacific Place in the central business district of Hong Kong, hundreds of young pro-democracy protesters, wearing hard hats and gas masks, began to yell and run in retreat. Behind them, tear gas canisters arched through the sky, leaving trails of white smoke. As police fired rounds of the acrid gas, members of an elite police squad known as raptors suddenly charged at protesters from both the main and side roads.

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