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Hong Kong protesters echo historic cry for freedom

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/23/19, 01:44 pm

Protesters in Hong Kong have marched through the streets, occupied the airport, and stormed a government building in recent weeks, but they adopted a new tactic Friday. The pro-democracy demonstrators formed a human chain through the city’s streets and along the waterfront in a plea for freedom and international support similar to a protest in the Baltic states 30 years ago Friday. Nearly 2 million Latvians, Lithuanians, and Estonians formed a human chain more than 370 miles long on Aug. 23, 1989, to protest Soviet rule.

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Hong Kong resolve

Hong Kong | Pro-democracy protests continue unabated as supporters rally to the cause
by Erica Kwong & June Cheng
Posted 8/23/19, 01:31 pm

On Sunday in Hong Kong, an estimated 1.7 million people turned out under a pouring rain in a massive protest for democratic freedoms. It was the first peaceful weekend in 11 weeks of rallies and marches as the Hong Kong people continue to demand democratic representation and oppose a controversial extradition bill.

Things have changed since the protests began in June. Mark Sin, a 29-year-old university administrator, recalls watching protesters flee in different directions as police fired tear gas at demonstrators during a June 12 rally.

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China threatens new tariffs on U.S. goods

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/23/19, 12:27 pm

China fired another salvo in its trade war with the United States Friday. The communist country announced plans to levy retaliatory tariffs on an additional $75 billion worth of U.S. products ranging from soybeans and crude oil to cars and auto parts. China’s tariffs are set to take effect in two waves on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

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