Hundreds of protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Wednesday- mocking Chief Executive Carrie Lam on her 63rd birthday.
Police officers pushed back crowds using pepper spray and made at least one arrest, in the latest sign that social unrest is returning to the city-- after wide scale protests dominated Hong Kong last year.
Social distancing rules have largely halted protests since January.
But after clashes with police at the weekend saw more than 200 people arrested, demonstrations are expected to pick up steam again into the summer.
As they demand an independent inquiry into the police handling of protests last year, as well as universal suffrage.
Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials were “clowning actions” that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people. Olivia Chan reports.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election for the city's legislature for a year because of a spike in novel coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition hoping to make gains in the vote. Soraya Ali reports.
More than 20 pro-democracy activists have appeared in a Hong Kong court accused of joining or organising a gathering on June 4 to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre - the gathering was prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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