Thai Sang Thai vows to monitor Srettha government closely

The Thai Sang Thai party has declared that, in opposition, it will do its duty to debate and examine the details of government policies, with the full intention to protect…

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Police reinforcements on standby in Bangkok to deal with rally on Thursday

Bangkok police have put reinforcements on standby, including rapid mobile units and vehicles, to cope with the situation tomorrow (Thursday), when supporters of the Move Forward party are expected to…

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Protesters wave flares during a march to protest against pension reforms pushed through parliament by the French government without a vote, using the article 49.3 of the constitution, in Nantes, western France, on April 4, 2023. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP)

New clashes hit France in Macron pensions standoff

Radical protesters clashed with French security forces Thursday in a new show of anger against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, with dozens arrested and some starting a fire at one…

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Some 5000 people take to the street as they protest on the third day of France’s nationwide rallies organised since the start of the year, against a deeply unpopular pensions overhaul in Saint-Denis de la Reunion on the French Indian island of La Reunion on February 7, 2023. (Photo by Richard BOUHET / AFP)

France hit by new strikes, protests over pension reform

Fresh strikes hit trains, schools and refineries in France on Tuesday over an unpopular pension reform pushed by President Emmanuel Macron, with nationwide protests planned for later in the day….

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A demonstator holds a placard reading “Has France found its Thatcher” during a rally called by French trade unions in Paris on January 19, 2023. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)

France gripped by strikes, protests against pension reform

More than a million people marched in France on Thursday to protest pension reforms, with some demonstrators clashing with police in Paris, as strikes disrupted public transport, schools and much of…

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Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro invade Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia on January 8, 2023. (Photo by Ton MOLINA / AFP)

Bolsonaro supporters storm seat of power in Brazil

Brazilian security forces mounted a massive operation Sunday after hundreds of supporters of far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court in what President Luiz…

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Standing beside a makeshift Urumuqi Road sign, people hold blank sheets of paper while protesting the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, in Irvine, California, on November 29, 2022. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Fresh clashes in south China as authorities warn of ‘crackdown’

(AFP) – Fresh clashes have broken out between police and protesters in a southern Chinese city, part of a wave of Covid lockdown-sparked demonstrations across the country that have morphed…

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Rare protest in China tech hub over Covid lockdown

Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of Covid cases. The megacity of more than 18 million…

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Hong Kong’s lustre as a business hub has been dulled by political unrest and a subsequent crackdown. PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong office vacancies double after protests, pandemic

The amount of vacant top-tier office space has more than doubled in Hong Kong over the last three years as companies downsize operations, researchers have found, warning that demand could remain soft even if pandemic controls are…

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Thai police deny use of Pegasus spyware against anti-government elements

Thai police deny that they have used Pegasus spyware to hack into the devices of anti-government elements, said Deputy National Police Spokesman Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen. This follows the recent…

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Demonstrators wait to enter into Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe’s office during a protest demanding for his resignation, after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled, amid the country’s economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka protest sites calm as president’s resignation awaited

Sri Lanka‘s main city, Colombo, was calm on Thursday as people waited for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled to the Maldives to escape a popular uprising that erupted…

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In this file photo, abortion rights demonstrators hold signs as they gather near the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, June 25, 2022. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP)

US abortion reversal spurs online data fears

Fearing a data dragnet weaponized against women seeking abortions and those helping them, privacy groups are warning that pregnancy-related information online might present a serious legal risk and demanding tech…

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Students and activists gather outside the Commission on Elections to protest its unofficial tally of the national elections, showing presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on course to win the presidency, in Manila, Philippines, May 10, 2022 / REUTERS

Protests break out as Philippines election returns a Marcos to presidency

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines woke to a new but familiar political landscape on Tuesday, after an election triumph by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. paved the way for a once unimaginable return to the…

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Bedridden man who had been hit by a rubber bullet fired by Thai police dies

An elderly Thai man, who was hit in the head by a rubber bullet during an anti-government protest in Bangkok’s Din Daeng area on the night of August 15th last…

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Police stand guard in front of protestors rallying against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination mandates despite the rain, near the parliament building in Wellington, New Zealand February 13, 2022 in this picture obtained from social media. Courtesy Charlie Coppinger/via REUTERS

New Zealand’s Ardern labels anti-vaccine mandate protests ‘imported’ as crowds defy calls to leave

WELLINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she felt demonstrations against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate now entering their second week were an “imported”…

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Truckers rally to demand lower diesel prices or ouster of Thailand’s energy minister

Hundreds of truck drivers, associated with the Land Transport Federation of Thailand (LTFT), flexed their muscles in a show of “truck power” today (Tuesday), in an attempt to put pressure…

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Dozens of protesters, 12 police dead in Kazakhstan protests

Dozens of protesters and 12 police died during extraordinarily violent demonstrations in Kazakhstan that saw government buildings stormed and set ablaze, authorities said Thursday. One police officer was found beheaded…

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Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters at an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on March 20, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Strategy may need to be reassessed as more violence is seen in recent protests, analyst says

Both anti-government protesters and the authorities may need to reassess their strategies of using force, as the political tension is expected to drag on for quite some tine, a political…

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Explainer – Thailand’s various protest groups and their tactics

Anti-government street protests have resumed, in spite of the worst disease pandemic in recent history, and they are being held almost daily. So, who are they? Various political groups are…

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Pro-democracy supporters display the three-finger symbol of resistance during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Thailand’s capital, marking the 89th anniversary of the overthrow of the country’s absolute monarchy by renewing their demands that the government step down, the constitution be amended and the monarchy become more accountable. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Five anti-government groups gather Friday to seek Thai PM’s resignation

Five anti-government groups are holding rallies today, at Government House and other sites in Bangkok, to seek Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation, despite a ban on gatherings of 20 people…

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Two protest groups rally to demand Thai PM’s resignation

Two groups of protesters gathered, as they said they would, near Government House in Bangkok late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Led by Mr….

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Pro-democracy activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak (2nd R) speaks as Student Union of Thailand spokesperson Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul (L), Panupong “Mike” Jadnok (2nd L) and Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa make the three-finger salute during an anti-government demonstration outside parliament as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai protesters rally for first time in months despite worst COVID-19 outbreak yet

Hundreds of Thais returned to the streets of Bangkok for the first time in months today (Thursday) to demand political change. The protests are the first since the second wave…

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Demonstrators of various political shades rally together to demand PM’s ouster

Hundreds of people, many of them wearing red shirts, are gathered in Bangkok’s Santiporn Park on Ratchadamnoen Avenue today (Sunday), where the Black May memorial is located, to show their…

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Six Thai media organizations urge everyone in political conflict to show restraint

Thailand’s six media organizations issued a joint statement today (Sunday), urging all parties in the current political conflicts to exercise restraint, following a violent protest Saturday night, at and around…

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Health workers protest in Myanmar after deadly crackdown

Doctors and nurses in central Myanmar rallied in the streets at first light on Sunday, avoiding a confrontation with security forces after another deadly weekend crackdown on anti-coup protesters. The…

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Police officers detain an anti-lockdown protester in central London on March 20, 2021 after demonstrators against the ongoing coronavirus restrictions gathered. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP)

UK police arrest 36 at anti-lockdown protests

London police arrested dozens of people Saturday after thousands turned out in the British capital to protest against ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions, with the city’s police force in the spotlight…

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At least 32 injured in clashes, 20 taken into police custody

Police have taken 20 people into custody following clashes between anti-government protesters and anti-riot police Saturday night in areas around Sanam Luang, one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks, which saw…

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Police probe shooting at police buses Saturday night after ReDem protest at Criminal Court

The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into who fired shots, damaging three police buses near the Ratchayothin tunnel, late on Saturday night. Pol Lt-Gen Pakkapong Pongpetra, commissioner of the…

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A protester (C) holds up a coloured smoke flare during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay on March 7, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

Thousands of Myanmar anti-coup demonstrators defied a continued military crackdown Sunday, following overnight raids in Yangon in which an official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was beaten to death…

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Thousands of Thai police on standby to deal with protests on Saturday

Thousands of anti-riot police will be on standby tomorrow (Saturday) to cope with protests, by several activist groups, expected to take place at various locations around Bangkok. The national police…

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Troops block outbound Vibhavadi Rangsit road in Bangkhen district ahead of Free Youth protest

Army troops placed containers along the road in front of the entire length of the compound of the First Infantry Battalion of the First Regiment of the Royal Guards, on…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 14, 2020, Chonticha “Lookkate” Jangrew (C) talks to fellow pro-democracy protesters during an anti-government rally in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Women on the frontlines of Thailand’s democracy movement

Denouncing sexual violence, demanding abortion reform and destigmatising sex work –- once-taboo issues are finding public expression in Thailand as women take up leadership roles in a youth-led pro-democracy movement….

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Protesters hold “anti-coup rehearsal” rally at Lat Phrao intersection

Thousands of anti-government protesters this evening occupied the busy Lat Phrao intersection for what they described as an “anti-coup rehearsal” to highlight their opposition to possible military intervention. The protest…

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Thai private sector concerned that protests may affect investor confidence

The private sector in Thailand is concerned that the current political conflict, if it turns violent, may impact the confidence of foreign and local investors and consumers and would like…

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Protesters end rally at SCB after fierce assault on monarchy

Anti-government protesters have ended their rally in front of the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) on Ratchayothin Road after an outpouring of vitriol against the monarchy that centred…

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Minister Thavorn urges Thai police to get tough with Progressive Movement leaders

Deputy Transport Minister Thavorn Senneam is urging the police and security officials to take legal action against Progressive Movement leaders Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, accusing both of them…

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Anti-government protesters hold up three-finger salutes at a rally by the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

The schoolchildren at the heart of Thailand’s battle for reform

When Mob Fest kicks off at 2pm today(November 14), many of those participating will be school kids who refuse to shy away from hot political and social issues. Despite their tender…

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Mock installation of democracy plaque held at Chiang Mai’s Sam Kasat Monument

A group of people, including students, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai staged a protest against the Government and held a mock installation of the Khana Rasadorn’s democracy plaque…

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US Embassy denies funding or supporting protests in Thailand

The US Embassy in Thailand has denied allegations that it is funding or providing support to any of the protests in Thailand.   In a statement issued Thursday, the Embassy…

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The girl with the 10-point manifesto

How the student activist rattles the establishment with a demand for radical changes.

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PM Prayut vows no violence against protesters

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given an assurance that the government will not use force against students who plan a major anti-government rally on September 19. Speaking during the House…

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Student protests in Chiang Mai, Phitsanuloke and Maha Sarakham provinces

Anti-government protests were held today by pro-democracy groups in Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Phitsanuloke and the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham. The protesters repeated their demands for…

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Facebook in turmoil over refusal to police Trump’s posts

The clash between Twitter and Donald Trump has thrust rival Facebook into turmoil, with employees rebelling against CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to sanction false or inflammatory posts by the US…

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(File photo) A person holds a U.S. flag with messages on it, during a Black Lives Matter March in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, May 31, 2020, over the deaths of George Floyd and others.

Protests flare again in US amid calls to end police violence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters took to the streets across America again Sunday, with violence flaring in pockets of largely peaceful demonstrations fueled by the killings of black people at the…

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Protests in parliament as Seripisut raises PM’s incomplete oath recital

The censure debate in the Thai parliament was disrupted by protests from all sides this morning during his speech, defiant Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet touched…

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Government hit by House vote for panel to study impacts of junta’s orders

The Government was defeated in the House of Representatives last night (Wednesday) over an opposition motion to set up an ad hoc panel to study impacts resulting from the pre-election,…

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Hong Kong government mulls face mask ban at protests: reports

Hong Kong’s government was expected to meet Friday to discuss using a colonial-era emergency law to ban pro-democracy protesters from wearing face masks, in a move opponents said would be…

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20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia’s Papua province

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted…

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Hong Kong violence becoming more serious, but government in control, says Lam

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Violence in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests is becoming more serious but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the city’s embattled leader said…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters run as riot police fire tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Protest chaos grips Hong Kong with tear gas, water cannon and pouring rain

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police fired water cannon and tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in…

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(Photo) A rally by pro-government supporters in Hong Kong this weekend illustrated the polarisation coursing through the city/AFP

Chinese state media pump up the jam to slam Hong Kong protests

“Get those foreign agents outta town”, roars a music video by a patriotic Chinese rap group, one of a slew of creative efforts by Beijing attacking Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement…

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Major rally in Hong Kong after airport disruption

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(Photo) Chinese soldiers walk in formation on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong, China August 15, 2019/Reuters (Thomas Peter)

China warns it could quell Hong Kong protesters; Trump urges Xi to meet them

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and U.S. President Donald…

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(Photo) Thousands of pro-democracy protesters rally at Hong Kong’s airport/AFP

Hong Kong’s airport shut down after thousands protests

All flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled on Monday after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the city’s airport to denounce police violence. The abrupt shutdown at one…

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Police battle protesters as strike paralyses Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at protesters in multiple parts of Hong Kong on Monday after a general strike hit transport and the city’s Beijing-backed leader warned…

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(Photo) Police officers walk on a street after they dispersed anti-extradition bill protesters, in Hong Kong, China, August 3, 2019/REUTERS (Eloisa Lopez)

Hong Kong police make fresh arrests, city braces for further protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Sunday they arrested more than 20 people after violent clashes with anti-government protesters overnight, as the Chinese-controlled territory braced for more…

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(Photo) A man reacts in tear gas as riot police try to disperse them at Wong Tai Sin, a residential area, after an anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China August 4, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as city is again roiled by protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired multiple tear gas rounds on Saturday night in confrontations with black-clad activists in the city’s Kowloon area, as the Chinese-controlled territory was…

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(Photo) Riot police fired dozens of rounds of tear gas in Yuen Long, a town close to Hong Kong’s border with mainland China/AFP (Anthony WALLACE)

Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kongers protesting ‘triad’ attack

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Saturday at protesters holding a banned rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators near…

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Thousands in Hong Kong defy police ban to protest ‘triad’ attack

Hong Kong (AFP) – Thousands of Hong Kong protesters defied a police ban on Saturday and marched through a town near the Chinese border to rally against suspected triad gangs…

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PM told to read out of the text of policy statement verbatim

Instead of issuing or barking orders in a manner familiar to him during his military career and as head of the military junta and its government, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition demonstrators run from tear gas after a march of to call for democratic reforms, in Hong Kong, China July 21, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu/File)

China tells U.S. to remove ‘black hands’ from Hong Kong

BEIJING (Reuters) – China accused U.S. officials on Tuesday of being behind violent protests in Hong Kong and advised them to remove their “black hands” from the territory. Foreign ministry…

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(Photo) Tear gas filled Hong Kong’s commercial district on Sunday/AFP

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as Hong Kong returns to chaos

Hong Kong descended into chaos Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters hours after China’s office in the city was daubed with eggs…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters hold shields made from cardboard as they face riot police after a march at Sha Tin District of East New Territories, Hong Kong, China July 14, 2019/ REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Clashes break out as Hong Kong protesters escalate fight in suburbs

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb on Sunday, driven by abiding anger at the government’s handling of an extradition bill that has…

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(Photo) Protesters hung the city’s colonial-era flag in the debating chamber, scrawled messages such as ‘Hong Kong is not China’ and defaced the city’s emblematic seal with spray-paint/AFP

Hong Kong leader condemns ‘extremely violent’ protests

Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday condemned “the extreme use of violence” by masked protesters who stormed and ransacked the city’s legislature in an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s authority. The semi-autonomous…

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