Hong Kong sees 20th weekend of protests
22 October 2019 | 9:20 am
Hong Kong protesters unleashed another wave of destruction on the city, setting fires and wrecking shops in a pattern of violence that has taken root after 20 weeks of demonstrations. Stephen Engle reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia."
Three years ago, Beijing imposed a set of new laws on Hong Kong that dissolved many civil liberties. "We've lost our freedom and all forms of protests are now criminalized," a former Hong Kong legislator told DW.
Coco Lee, who was the first Chinese-descent singer to grace the Oscar stage in 2001, had been suffering from depression for a few years. She had fans around the world.
Police used teargas to disperse protests in the Nairobi and Mombasa. Kenyan opposition have called for the protests to condemn new taxes amid a severe cost-of-living crisis.
Protesters in Kenya demonstrated in several cities, including the capital Nairobi, were met with heavy police presence. The protests come as food prices continue to rise, causing pressure on households.
Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, aiming to become the first Spaniard to win the British Open since Seve Ballesteros in 1988, said he would advise climate change protesters potentially seeking to disrupt the sporting event to stay away.
Cheng Wing-chun is accused of replacing China's national anthem with a popular Hong Kong protest song in a YouTube video. A 2020 law in Hong Kong makes insulting the Chinese national anthem illegal.
Unrest continues in Kenya, as protestors in Nairobi clash with police for a third consecutive day. Those on the streets are voicing their anger at the high cost of living, inflation and tax hikes.
A top court in the semi-autonomous territory has turned down an effort to ban the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong." The anthem emerged from the city's widespread pro-democracy protests in 2019.
Protesters called on Prime Minister Hasina to step down and form a caretaker government to lead the country during next year's elections. Several Western countries have condemned Hasina's government over rights abuses.
Hong Kong police have been cracking down on pro-democracy activists and civil liberties since China imposed a sweeping national security law.
Officials said Soaloa could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the region encompassing Hong Kong and other major cities since the founding of the current Chinese state.
A landmark case on LGBTQ rights saw Hong Kong's top court rejecting a bid for full marriage equality of same-sex couples. However, the judges also said the government needed to create a legal framework for the issue.
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