Hong Kong protests News
A Hong Kong website said its users` access had been blocked by the city`s ISPs. HKChronicles said it began receiving reports from Hong Kong-based users saying they could no longer access the site. Hong Kong police had invoked the city`s national security law for the first time to block HKChronicles.
The tension on Wednesday rose after some arrests were made in the Wan Chai bar district near a branch of global banking group HSBC <0005.HK>, which has been the target of protester anger in recent weeks. When scuffles broke out, large numbers of black-clad protesters rushed to the scene while other protesters formed human chains to pass them various supplies including bricks, forcing police to bring in their own reinforcements.
Despite the embarrassing results, Hong Kong`s pro-Beijing leaders have made no new concessions. "Confrontation is expected, it doesn`t matter if it`s Christmas," said Chan, a 28-year-old restaurant worker who was part of a crowd which exchanged insults with police outside a shopping centre in the Mong Kok district.
Hong Kong police fired tear gas in late-night street clashes with anti-government protesters, ahead of a potentially pivotal meeting between Hong Kong`s leader and China`s president in Beijing on Monday. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in the Chinese capital for a regular duty visit, is set to meet Xi Jinping amid speculation the visit could yield fresh directives on the city`s political crisis, including a possible cabinet reshuffle.
At least eight protesters who had been holding out at a trashed Hong Kong university surrendered to police in the early hours of Friday, while others desperately searched for escape routes as riot officers surrounded the campus. The siege at the Polytechnic University on the Kowloon peninsula appeared to be nearing an end with the number of protesters dwindling to less than 100, days after some of the worst violence since anti-government demonstrations escalated in June.