Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters joined a mass rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.
Hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied peacefully in Hong Kong Sunday, in sometimes torrential rain, for the eleventh week of protests - proof the movement still has broad-based support despite a police ban and recent violent clashes.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 30-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG PROTESTER, KATY CHAN, SAYING: "We just want Hong Kong to stay Hong Kong, we're not demanding for something else or something extra." Protesters held signs with slogans including “Free Hong Kong!” and “Democracy now!” Some aimed green and blue lasers at police and government buildings.
Many chanted for the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, to step down.
The massive turnout – which organizers said totaled a staggering 1.7 million people – was also the calmest weekend demonstration so far.
The protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China - but have been fueled by broader worries of Beijing’s creeping influence in the former British colony.
Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that allowed some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.
Scenes of Chinese paramilitary troops training this past week in the city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, gave a clear warning that mainland intervention by force is possible.
But many protesters say, they won't be deterred.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) VICE CONVENER OF CIVIL HUMAN RIGHTS FRONT, WONG YIK MO, SAYING: "I do not know what is enough.
All I know is they start to react because they (China) see the severity in Hong Kong that, even Beijing threatens to send armies so I think I will urge Beijing to really rethink before they take next action." The unrest presents one of the biggest challenges for Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.
This is the largest urban farming green roof in Asia. It is the work of Bangkok-based landscape architecture firm Landprocess along with a team of engineers and designers. The landscape architect helped Thammasat University envision and implement a climate solution with Asia’s largest organic rooftop farm—Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm (TURF). Repurposing 236,806 sq. ft. of wasted rooftop space, the design integrates modern landscape architecture with the agricultural ingenuity of traditional rice terraces.
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A method for fast, cheap, yet accurate testing for COVID-19 infection has been developed by a team of researchers. The method simplifies and frees the testing from expensive reaction steps, enabling upscaling of the diagnostics. This makes the method particularly attractive for places and situations with limited resources. It is equally interesting for repeated testing and for moving resources from expensive diagnostics to other parts of the care chain. The study led by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet was published in the journal Nature Communications."We started working on the issue of developing a readily available testing method as soon as we saw the developments in Asia and southern Europe, and before the situation reached crisis point in Sweden," says principal investigator Bjorn Reinius, research leader at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Karolinska Institutet. "Our method was effectively finished already by the end of April, and we then made all the data freely available online."The spread of the new coronavirus at the end of 2019 in China's Wuhan region quickly escalated into a global pandemic. The relatively high transmission rate and a large number of asymptomatic infections led to a huge, worldwide need for fast, affordable, and effective diagnostic tests that could be performed in clinical as well as non-clinical settings.
Equity benchmark indices traded lower during early hours on September 22 while Asian markets opened weak after the sharp pullback overnight in US stocks. At 10:15 am, the BSE S-P Sensex was down by 301 points or 0.79 per cent at 37,733 while the Nifty 50 moved lower by 66 points or 0.59 per cent at 11,184. All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the negative terrain with Nifty realty dipping by 4.6 per cent, PSU bank by 3.2 per cent, metal by 2.9 per cent and auto by 2.3 per cent. Among stocks, energy major GAIL was the top loser after sliding 4.9 per cent to Rs 83.85 per share. Adani Ports fell by 4.5 per cent and Tata Motors by 4 per cent. Tata Steel, Hindalco, ONGC, Bajaj Finance, Zee Entertainment and Bharti Infratel too traded lower by over 3 per cent. However, Tata Consultancy Services and ICICI Bank were in the green with thin margins. Meanwhile, Asian markets opened weak even after the sharp pullback overnight in US stocks. Investor sentiment took a hit with possible delays in expanded US stimulus. The undertone remained cautious as Europe sees some countries lockdown for the second time as COVID-19 cases jump which could hurt economic activity. Hong Kong shares of HSBC and Standard Chartered fell more than 2 per cent each as global banking stocks remained under intense pressure on reports about financial institutions allegedly moving illicit funds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was down by 0.5 per cent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down by 0.5 per cent while Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday.
Qantas Airways said a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia's Outback and Great Barrier Reef had sold out in 10 minutes, as it joined a growing trend in Asia offering sightseeing "flights to nowhere" that take off and land at the same airport. Francis Maguire reports.
The United States appears to be getting on China's very last nerve. That is, if the remarks made by China's Ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday truly reflects Beijing's sentiments. According to CNN, at a tense meeting of the UN Security Council, Zhang Jun said Thursday that the US has 'created enough troubles for the world already.' Zhang Jun's comments was a retort to US Representative to the UN Kelly Craft, who accused China of hiding the virus's origin and minimizing its danger.
A protest was organised against China outside the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland. The 3-day long demonstration, consisting of a photo exhibition, was organised by a group called the World Uyghur Congress. It was titled 'Made In China = Uyghur Forced Labour'. The protestors accused the Chinese government of forcing the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group in the country's northwest Xinjiang province, into forced labour and even attempting a genocide. Beijing has allegedly been trying to stamp out the community's religious and cultural identity in order to assimilate it more fully into the majority Han Chinese community. Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, sought international pressure on China to stop the Uyghurs' persecution and boycott by international companies to prevent forced labour. Watch the full video for more.
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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.