Hong Kong police say that tough tactics & # 39; necessary & # 39; to suppress protesters, because activists go digital dark

Hong Kong police rejected allegations of excessive use of force during skirmishes in Wednesday's protests against a controversial extradition law with China.

In addition to water cannons, pepper spray and tear gas, riot police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed demonstrators in the worst turmoil the city has seen for decades. The violence left 81 injured, the hospital said.

Influential legal authorities and rights group criticized harsh tactics, accused the police of exaggerated steps by legitimate powers and launched an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful demonstrators as videos of officers attacking retreating demonstrators, bystanders and journalists gone viral .

The Hong Kong Legislative Council yesterday postponed a debate on the extradition law for the second consecutive day in the aftermath of violent skirmishes.

A group of Christian worshipers in Hong Kong today sing hymns to express their opposition to extradition law. The Hong Kong Legislative Council postponed a debate on a controversial extradition law for the second consecutive day yesterday in the aftermath of violent skirmishes where riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray on protesters

A group of Christian worshipers in Hong Kong today sing hymns to express their opposition to extradition law. The Hong Kong Legislative Council postponed a debate on a controversial extradition law for the second consecutive day yesterday in the aftermath of violent skirmishes where riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray on protesters

Police officers shoot a tear gas during the demonstration against the controversial extradition bill. A total of 81 people were injured

Police officers shoot a tear gas during the demonstration against the controversial extradition bill. A total of 81 people were injured

Police officers shoot a tear gas during the demonstration against the controversial extradition bill. A total of 81 people were injured

Riot police fire tear gas during confrontations with demonstrators during the rally. Police chief Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; gangsters & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council.

Riot police fire tear gas during confrontations with demonstrators during the rally. Police chief Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; gangsters & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council.

Riot police fire tear gas during confrontations with demonstrators during the rally. Police chief Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; gangsters & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council.

A demonstrator is trying to find cover while being attacked by riot police at the city's legislative council on Wednesday

A demonstrator is trying to find cover while being attacked by riot police at the city's legislative council on Wednesday

A demonstrator is trying to find cover while being attacked by riot police at the city's legislative council on Wednesday

Today, pro-Beijing lawmakers and 22 former government officials and members of the Legislative Council urged the government to put the bill on hold.

One of Carrie Lam's most important advisers, Chairman of the Board Bernard Chan from Hong Kong, told Cable TV that he did not believe that the formal discussion of the law, a precursor to a final vote by the legislature, should continue at this time.

Michael Tien, a member of the Hong Kong legislature and a substitute for the Chinese national parliament, called for a delay in passing the law.

Police officer Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; mafiosi & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council to block a planned debate on extradition law.

Officers at some point & # 39; had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd & # 39 ;, Lo told reporters. & # 39; The behavior of yesterday's violent protesters posed a serious threat to public order. & # 39;

The police are on the sidewalk when protesters show placards this morning during a demonstration outside the government headquarters

The police are on the sidewalk when protesters show placards this morning during a demonstration outside the government headquarters

The police are on the sidewalk when protesters show placards this morning during a demonstration outside the government headquarters

People sit next to posters and signs placed against the controversial bill after Wednesday's protest. Today pro-Beijing legislators and 22 former government officials and members of the Legislative Council urged the government to put the bill on hold

People sit next to posters and signs placed against the controversial bill after Wednesday's protest. Today pro-Beijing legislators and 22 former government officials and members of the Legislative Council urged the government to put the bill on hold

People sit next to posters and signs placed against the controversial bill after Wednesday's protest. Today pro-Beijing legislators and 22 former government officials and members of the Legislative Council urged the government to put the bill on hold

A sign & # 39; stop shooting with my son & # 39; was set up to protest against what, according to critics, is excessive use of force shown by the police

A sign & # 39; stop shooting with my son & # 39; was set up to protest against what, according to critics, is excessive use of force shown by the police

A sign & # 39; stop shooting with my son & # 39; was set up to protest against what, according to critics, is excessive use of force shown by the police

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, he said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city.

It was the first time the Hong Kong police had used tear gas since the huge 79-day pro-democracy & # 39; Umbrella Movement & # 39; demonstrations that marked the start of a shift to a harder police approach.

Officers have also shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, of which Lo said other countries have been used as non-lethal methods to suppress riots and rebellions, and also used sticks, pepper spray and pepper-based solution.

In an Apple Daily clip, a young woman who falls to the ground while running is hit by at least four riot police with baton sticks while someone has his plastic riot shield crashed upon him.

In another, a man resting on a wall is approached by riot police trying to clear him out of the area. The man who is said to be a foreigner is shouted: & # 39; I can't walk, I can't walk & # 39; before agents spray pepper into his face from close by.

A female protester holds a plate full of & # 39; love, not power & # 39; in a rally today after Wednesday's violent clashes

A female protester holds a plate full of & # 39; love, not power & # 39; in a rally today after Wednesday's violent clashes

A female protester holds a plate full of & # 39; love, not power & # 39; in a rally today after Wednesday's violent clashes

A message is written on a note that is stuck to the wall of a walkway near the Legislative Council building today

A message is written on a note that is stuck to the wall of a walkway near the Legislative Council building today

A message is written on a note that is stuck to the wall of a walkway near the Legislative Council building today

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, he said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, he said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, he said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city

Hong Kong police officers walk past words formed with tape that says & # 39; Protect our city from extradition to China & # 39;

Hong Kong police officers walk past words formed with tape that says & # 39; Protect our city from extradition to China & # 39;

Hong Kong police officers walk past words formed with tape that says & # 39; Protect our city from extradition to China & # 39;

A third online clip shows various police officers a demonstrator who hits a box of water bottles to the ground, where several kneel on him to stop him until he lets go of his phone.

Many demonstrators wore hard hats, masks, plastic wrap and wore parasols for protection. Eleven people were arrested.

& # 39; We were unarmed & # 39 ;, said Daniel Lee, a 42-year-old doctor who noted that the police wore respirators to protect against tear gas.

Fredie Hung, 32, said he wasn't wearing glasses or a face mask when an officer fired a tear gas at him.

& # 39; I didn't even storm the barricades. The protest was peaceful and I was just standing by the side of the road. I couldn't breathe the first minute. My eyes were in a lot of pain, & he told MailOnline.

Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute of the London School for Eastern and African Studies, said the Hong Kong police handled large demonstrations before 2014 with softer, non-confrontational tactics. They wore no tactical helmets and instead delivered bottles of water and medical kits.

A group of Christian worshipers sing hymns to express their opposition to an extradition law in Hong Kong today

A group of Christian worshipers sing hymns to express their opposition to an extradition law in Hong Kong today

A group of Christian worshipers sing hymns to express their opposition to an extradition law in Hong Kong today

One of Carrie Lam's most important advisers, Chairman of the Board Bernard Chan from Hong Kong, told Cable TV that he did not believe that the formal discussion of the law, a precursor to a final vote by the legislature, should continue at this time.

One of Carrie Lam's most important advisers, Chairman of the Board Bernard Chan from Hong Kong, told Cable TV that he did not believe that the formal discussion of the law, a precursor to a final vote by the legislature, should continue at this time.

One of Carrie Lam's most important advisers, Chairman of the Board Bernard Chan from Hong Kong, told Cable TV that he did not believe that the formal discussion of the law, a precursor to a final vote by the legislature, should continue at this time.

The message today filled the wall of a walkway at the Legislative Council building. Officers shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds on Wednesday, of which Lo said other countries have been used as nonlethal methods to stop riots and rebellions, and have also used batons, pepper spray and pepper-based solution

The message today filled the wall of a walkway at the Legislative Council building. Officers shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds on Wednesday, of which Lo said other countries have been used as nonlethal methods to stop riots and rebellions, and have also used batons, pepper spray and pepper-based solution

The message today filled the wall of a walkway at the Legislative Council building. Officers shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds on Wednesday, of which Lo said other countries have been used as nonlethal methods to stop riots and rebellions, and have also used batons, pepper spray and pepper-based solution

Influential legal authorities and rights group criticized harsh tactics, accused the police of exaggerated steps of legitimate powers and launched an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful demonstrators, as videos of officers attacking retreating demonstrators, bystanders and journalists have gone

Influential legal authorities and rights group criticized harsh tactics, accused the police of exaggerated steps of legitimate powers and launched an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful demonstrators, as videos of officers attacking retreating demonstrators, bystanders and journalists have gone

Influential legal authorities and rights group criticized harsh tactics, accused the police of exaggerated steps of legitimate powers and launched an unprecedented operation against the much larger mass of peaceful demonstrators, as videos of officers attacking retreating demonstrators, bystanders and journalists have gone

The officers have almost always succeeded in getting local demonstrators to work with them, & he said. The police & # 39; saved all hardware in vans and buses & # 39; instead of putting it on the street, he added.

At the same time, the technically skilled demonstrators of Hong Kong are digitally obscure because they are trying to prevent surveillance and possible future prosecutions, disable location tracking on their phones, buy train tickets with cash and clear their social media conversations.

Many of those who are out on the streets on Wednesday are predominantly young and raised in the digital world, but they are all too aware of the dangers of surveillance and leaving online footprints.

Ben, a masked office worker at the protests, said he feared the extradition law would have a destructive impact on liberties.

& # 39; Even if we don't do anything drastic – as simple as saying something about China online – they might catch us for such & # 39; n supervision, & # 39 ;, said the 25-year-old.

At the same time, technically educated demonstrators are becoming obscure because they are trying to prevent surveillance and possible future prosecutions, disable location tracking on phones, buy train tickets with cash and clean up their online conversations.

At the same time, technically educated demonstrators are becoming obscure because they are trying to prevent surveillance and possible future prosecutions, disable location tracking on phones, buy train tickets with cash and clean up their online conversations.

At the same time, technically educated demonstrators are becoming obscure because they are trying to prevent surveillance and possible future prosecutions, disable location tracking on phones, buy train tickets with cash and clean up their online conversations.

Hong Kong police rejected allegations of excessive use of force during skirmishes during Wednesday's protests

Hong Kong police rejected allegations of excessive use of force during skirmishes during Wednesday's protests

Hong Kong police rejected allegations of excessive use of force during skirmishes during Wednesday's protests

In addition to pepper spray and tear gas, police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed people

In addition to pepper spray and tear gas, police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed people

In addition to pepper spray and tear gas, police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed people

According to critics, the police have exceeded legal powers and started a violent operation to maintain public order

According to critics, the police have exceeded legal powers and started a violent operation to maintain public order

According to critics, the police have exceeded legal powers and started a violent operation to maintain public order

Videos & # 39; s of officers attacking retreating protesters, bystanders and journalists have gone viral on social media

Videos & # 39; s of officers attacking retreating protesters, bystanders and journalists have gone viral on social media

Videos & # 39; s of officers attacking retreating protesters, bystanders and journalists have gone viral on social media

Many people said they turned off their location tracking on their phones and improved their digital privacy settings before participating in protests, or deleted conversations and photos on social media and messaging apps after they left the demonstrations.

There were unusually long queues at ticket machines in the city's underground subway stations, because demonstrators used cash to buy tickets instead of tapping with the city's ubiquitous Octopus cards – the movements of which are easier to follow.

In a city where WhatsApp is usually king, protesters have embraced the Telegram encrypted messaging application in the last few days, believing that this provides better cyber security and also because it allows larger groups to coordinate.

On Thursday, Telegram reported that it was the target of a major cyber attack, with most of the junk requests coming from China. The company's CEO linked the attack to the city's ongoing political unrest.

A protester named Heung told AFP that many people immediately & # 39; proof that you were present & # 39; removed.

In addition to water cannons, pepper spray and tear gas, riot police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed demonstrators in the worst turmoil the city has seen for decades. The violence caused 81 people to be injured, the hospital said

In addition to water cannons, pepper spray and tear gas, riot police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed demonstrators in the worst turmoil the city has seen for decades. The violence caused 81 people to be injured, the hospital said

In addition to water cannons, pepper spray and tear gas, riot police fired rubber bullets and beanbag laps at unarmed demonstrators in the worst turmoil the city has seen for decades. The violence caused 81 people to be injured, the hospital said

The Hong Kong Legislative Council yesterday postponed a debate on the extradition law for the second consecutive day in the aftermath of the violent clashes

The Hong Kong Legislative Council yesterday postponed a debate on the extradition law for the second consecutive day in the aftermath of the violent clashes

The Hong Kong Legislative Council yesterday postponed a debate on the extradition law for the second consecutive day in the aftermath of the violent clashes

Police officer Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; mafiosi & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council to block a planned debate on extradition law

Police officer Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; mafiosi & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council to block a planned debate on extradition law

Police officer Stephen Lo yesterday defended his officers and said they had shown restraint until & # 39; mafiosi & # 39; tried to storm the city's legislative council to block a planned debate on extradition law

Officers at some point & # 39; had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd & # 39 ;, Lo told reporters. & # 39; The behavior of the violent demonstrators yesterday posed a serious threat to public order & # 39;

Officers at some point & # 39; had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd & # 39 ;, Lo told reporters. & # 39; The behavior of the violent demonstrators yesterday posed a serious threat to public order & # 39;

Officers at some point & # 39; had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd & # 39 ;, Lo told reporters. & # 39; The behavior of the violent demonstrators yesterday posed a serious threat to public order & # 39;

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, police said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city. It was the first time that Hong Kong police had used tear gas since the huge 79-day pro-democracy & # 39; Umbrella Movement & # 39; demonstrations that marked the start of a shift to a harder police approach

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, police said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city. It was the first time that Hong Kong police had used tear gas since the huge 79-day pro-democracy & # 39; Umbrella Movement & # 39; demonstrations that marked the start of a shift to a harder police approach

Police used more than 150 tear gas drives during Wednesday's skirmishes, police said. That is almost double the amount used in the 2014 protests in the city. It was the first time that Hong Kong police had used tear gas since the huge 79-day pro-democracy & # 39; Umbrella Movement & # 39; demonstrations that marked the start of a shift to a harder police approach

The extradition law, which concerns Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or traveling through the city, has raised concerns about the rule of law that undermines Hong Kong's international financial status.

A mass protest on Sunday attracted what organizers said more than a million people took to the streets to express their objections to the proposed law. The Civil Human Rights Front, which organized the big march last weekend, announced plans for another demonstration for this coming Sunday.

On the other side of the border, Chinese censors are working hard to erase or block news about Hong Kong protests on social media and search platforms, while the interest of internet users on the mainland has increased considerably.

Tencent & # 39; s Wechat, the country's most popular social media app, showed searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; with a peak of 32.4 million on Wednesday, an increase of around 12 million a week earlier.

Officers also shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, of which Lo said other countries were used as nonlethal methods to suppress riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray and pepper-based solution

Officers also shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, of which Lo said other countries were used as nonlethal methods to suppress riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray and pepper-based solution

Officers also shot several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, of which Lo said other countries were used as nonlethal methods to suppress riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray and pepper-based solution

Many people said they turned off their location tracking on their phones and improved their digital privacy settings before participating in protests, or deleted conversations and photos on social media and messaging apps after they left the demonstrations

Many people said they turned off their location tracking on their phones and improved their digital privacy settings before participating in protests, or deleted conversations and photos on social media and messaging apps after they left the demonstrations

Many people said they turned off their location tracking on their phones and improved their digital privacy settings before participating in protests, or deleted conversations and photos on social media and messaging apps after they left the demonstrations

On the other side of the border, Chinese censors are working hard to erase or block news about Hong Kong protests on social media and search platforms amid a strong interest from mainland internet users

On the other side of the border, Chinese censors are working hard to erase or block news about Hong Kong protests on social media and search platforms amid a strong interest from mainland internet users

On the other side of the border, Chinese censors are working hard to erase or block news about Hong Kong protests on social media and search platforms amid a strong interest from mainland internet users

Tencent & # 39; s Wechat, the country's most popular social media app, showed searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; with a peak of 32.4 million on Wednesday, an increase of around 12 million a week earlier

Tencent & # 39; s Wechat, the country's most popular social media app, showed searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; with a peak of 32.4 million on Wednesday, an increase of around 12 million a week earlier

Tencent & # 39; s Wechat, the country's most popular social media app, showed searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; with a peak of 32.4 million on Wednesday, an increase of around 12 million a week earlier

& # 39; People are very curious and there is a lot of discussion about this event & # 39 ;, said a person who works as a content sensor at Weibo Corp, who controls the Weibo platform.

Freeweibo.com, which maintains censored messages on the Weibo platform, said that & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; was the most searched topic in recent days.

Other hashtags such as & # 39; oppose extradition from China & # 39; and & # 39; Hong Kong go! & # 39; were also among the top 10 most searched topics.

Searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; on Baidu, China's best search engine, more than tripled in the weekend, a sharp rise in interest despite strict rules that block access to foreign social media and news broadcasts.

Tests conducted by Reuters on Wednesday showed that some Wechat users on the mainland could not receive images of the protests in Hong Kong, including protesters amid tear gas. Similar images posted on popular social media sites were deleted within minutes.

The Chinese state media made virtually no mention of the protests until the Hong Kong authorities denounced the violence on Wednesday.

Freeweibo.com, which maintains censored messages on the Weibo platform, said that & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; was the most searched topic in recent days. Other hashtags such as & # 39; oppose extradition of China & # 39; were also among the top 10 most searched topics

Freeweibo.com, which maintains censored messages on the Weibo platform, said that & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; was the most searched topic in recent days. Other hashtags such as & # 39; oppose extradition of China & # 39; were also among the top 10 most searched topics

Freeweibo.com, which maintains censored messages on the Weibo platform, said that & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; was the most searched topic in recent days. Other hashtags such as & # 39; oppose extradition of China & # 39; were also among the top 10 most searched topics

Searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; on Baidu, the best search engine in China, more than tripled on the weekend, a sharp rise in interest despite strict rules that block access to foreign social media and news sources

Searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; on Baidu, the best search engine in China, more than tripled on the weekend, a sharp rise in interest despite strict rules that block access to foreign social media and news sources

Searches for & # 39; Hong Kong & # 39; on Baidu, the best search engine in China, more than tripled on the weekend, a sharp rise in interest despite strict rules that block access to foreign social media and news sources

Tests conducted on Wednesday showed that some Wechat users on the mainland were unable to receive images of protests in Hong Kong, including demonstrators amid tear gas. Similar images posted on popular social media sites were deleted within minutes

Tests uitgevoerd op woensdag toonden aan dat sommige Wechat gebruikers op het vasteland geen beelden konden ontvangen van de protesten in Hong Kong, waaronder demonstranten te midden van traangas. Vergelijkbare afbeeldingen gepost op populaire social media-sites werden binnen enkele minuten verwijderd

Tests uitgevoerd op woensdag toonden aan dat sommige Wechat gebruikers op het vasteland geen beelden konden ontvangen van de protesten in Hong Kong, waaronder demonstranten te midden van traangas. Vergelijkbare afbeeldingen gepost op populaire social media-sites werden binnen enkele minuten verwijderd

De Chinese staatsmedia maakten vrijwel geen melding van de protesten totdat de autoriteiten van Hongkong woensdag het geweld hekelden

De Chinese staatsmedia maakten vrijwel geen melding van de protesten totdat de autoriteiten van Hongkong woensdag het geweld hekelden

De Chinese staatsmedia maakten vrijwel geen melding van de protesten totdat de autoriteiten van Hongkong woensdag het geweld hekelden

Gisteren toonden zoekopdrachten naar 'Hong Kong' op Weibo alleen verklaringen van de chief executive van de stad die de protesten veroordeelde. Andere items toonden foto's van pro-Beijing-demonstranten die opriepen tot beëindiging van de Amerikaanse inmenging.

Foto's van botsingen tussen politie en demonstranten gingen vergezeld van bijschriften die 'separators in Hong Kong' beschuldigden van het organiseren van aanvallen op de politie.

Terwijl Hong Kongers vrije meningsuiting hebben en niet de verzadiging van het toezicht op het vasteland tegenkomen, voedt glijdende vrijheden en een weer oplevende Peking angsten en angsten.

Recente vervolgingen van protestleiders hebben ook video- en digitale gegevens gebruikt om overtuigingen te helpen winnen.

Bruce Lui, een hoofddocent journalistiek aan de Hong Kong Baptist University, zei dat het bewustzijn rond veiligheid is toegenomen, met name met China's 'allesdoordringende' bewakingstechnologie en breed gebruik van gezichtsherkenning en andere volgmethoden.

'De afgelopen jaren is de nationale veiligheid een urgent probleem geworden voor Hong Kong met betrekking tot China. Hong Kong-wetten kunnen beperkingen hebben, maar China hoeft alleen de nationale veiligheid te gebruiken om te overtreffen (zij), 'zei hij.

Terwijl Hong Kongers vrije meningsuiting hebben en de verzadiging van het toezicht op het vasteland niet tegenkomen, voedt glijdende vrijheden en een weer oplevende Peking angsten en angsten.

Terwijl Hong Kongers vrije meningsuiting hebben en de verzadiging van het toezicht op het vasteland niet tegenkomen, voedt glijdende vrijheden en een weer oplevende Peking angsten en angsten.

Terwijl Hong Kongers vrije meningsuiting hebben en de verzadiging van het toezicht op het vasteland niet tegenkomen, voedt glijdende vrijheden en een weer oplevende Peking angsten en angsten.

Recente vervolgingen van protestleiders hebben ook video- en digitale gegevens gebruikt om overtuigingen te helpen winnen

Recente vervolgingen van protestleiders hebben ook video- en digitale gegevens gebruikt om overtuigingen te helpen winnen

Recente vervolgingen van protestleiders hebben ook video- en digitale gegevens gebruikt om overtuigingen te helpen winnen

De technisch onderlegde demonstranten van de stad worden digitaal zwart om toezicht en mogelijke toekomstige vervolgingen te voorkomen

De technisch onderlegde demonstranten van de stad worden digitaal zwart om toezicht en mogelijke toekomstige vervolgingen te voorkomen

De technisch onderlegde demonstranten van de stad worden digitaal zwart om toezicht en mogelijke toekomstige vervolgingen te voorkomen

Bruce Lui, docent journalistiek aan de Hong Kong Baptist University, zei dat het bewustzijn rond veiligheid is toegenomen, met name met de 'allesdoordringende' surveillancetechnologie van China en breed gebruik van gezichtsherkenning en andere volgmethoden

Bruce Lui, docent journalistiek aan de Hong Kong Baptist University, zei dat het bewustzijn rond veiligheid is toegenomen, met name met de 'allesdoordringende' surveillancetechnologie van China en breed gebruik van gezichtsherkenning en andere volgmethoden

Bruce Lui, docent journalistiek aan de Hong Kong Baptist University, zei dat het bewustzijn rond veiligheid is toegenomen, met name met de 'allesdoordringende' surveillancetechnologie van China en breed gebruik van gezichtsherkenning en andere volgmethoden

De Chinese staatsmedia maakten vrijwel geen melding van de protesten totdat de autoriteiten van Hongkong woensdag het geweld hekelden. Politieagent Stephen Lo verdedigde gisteren zijn officieren en zei dat ze terughoudendheid hadden getoond totdat 'maffiosi' probeerden de wetgevende raad van de stad te bestormen om een ​​gepland debat over de uitleveringswet te blokkeren

De Chinese staatsmedia maakten vrijwel geen melding van de protesten totdat de autoriteiten van Hongkong woensdag het geweld hekelden. Politieagent Stephen Lo verdedigde gisteren zijn officieren en zei dat ze terughoudendheid hadden getoond totdat 'maffiosi' probeerden de wetgevende raad van de stad te bestormen om een ​​gepland debat over de uitleveringswet te blokkeren

De Chinese staatsmedia maakten vrijwel geen melding van de protesten totdat de autoriteiten van Hongkong woensdag het geweld hekelden. Politieagent Stephen Lo verdedigde gisteren zijn officieren en zei dat ze terughoudendheid hadden getoond totdat 'maffiosi' probeerden de wetgevende raad van de stad te bestormen om een ​​gepland debat over de uitleveringswet te blokkeren

De stad raasde de afgelopen jaren door de verdwijning van verschillende boekhandelaars die in China opnieuw de kop opstaken – en de vermeende uitlevering van miljardair zakenman Xiao Jianhua in 2017.

Critici zeggen dat de uitleveringswet, indien aangenomen, toestaat dat deze zaken openlijk en legaal worden uitgevoerd.

'One month ago, things were still calm in Hong Kong,' said Ben, the office worker.

'But in an instant, it has become this. Who knows if it would become like Xinjiang the day after tomorrow, because things can change so quickly,' he added, referring to an autonomous region tightly ruled by Beijing.

In precarious times, many are holding onto core values.

'We're trying to do better with our privacy settings. But we still consider ourselves Hong Kong people, not Chinese, so we still think we have a right to speak out,' said Yau.

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