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Hong Kong Police Ban Mass March After Subway Station Fire

Hong Kong Police Ban Mass March After Subway Station Fire(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong police banned a planned Sunday march and gathering called by the organizer of some of the city’s biggest protests, days after demonstrators set fire to a central subway station as the pro-democracy movement carries on into autumn.Police Commissioner Stephen Lo on Thursday cited violence around previous protests in the city — with some demonstrators vandalizing public installations, blocking roads and setting fires, which caused injuries to protesters, officers and journalists — in making the decision, according to a letter of objection issued to the Civil Human Rights Front. Police also said Sunday’s location was close to “high-risk buildings” that could be subject to violence, including central government offices, the letter said.Co-vice convener Bonnie Leung told journalists that the group was appealing. Police said the result would be made known on Friday afternoon.The ban is the second issued to CHRF by police since it began organizing mass rallies in early June. Their events have been largely peaceful, though smaller groups of protesters have broken off and engaged in clashes with police in the hours following them, while violence has also marred some of the now near-daily protests organized by demonstrators online.“In the past three months, most gatherings that were originally peaceful were easily hijacked by violent protesters and turned into large-scale clashes in no time,” acting assistant district commander Kwok Chun-kit said at a regular police briefing. “The police has long respected the public’s right to peaceful procession and freedom expression, but it also has social responsibility to maintain public security and safety.”Some verbal and physical scuffles broke out during an afternoon sing-off between groups singing the Chinese national anthem and others who were pro-democracy and singing “Glory to Hong Kong,” which some demonstrators see as Hong Kong’s anthem, at the centrally located IFC mall, according to footage broadcast on Cable TV.Hong Kong on Aug. 31 saw one of its worst days of violence since the movement began, as thousands of people came out in defiance of a prior ban on a planned CHRF demonstration. People threw bricks and Molotov cocktails, setting fire to a huge road block in the city center. Police cautioned residents in some areas to stay inside as they used “appropriate force” to disperse the crowds.Small pockets of demonstrators also set fires, vandalized train stations and erected barricades in the city center this past Sunday — including setting fire to an entrance at Central station, in a glitzy business and shopping area — after a peaceful march by tens of thousands of people to the U.S. consulate in a bid to appeal to President Donald Trump.To contact the reporter on this story: Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Colin KeatingeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Texas mass violence committee members receive death threats

Texas mass violence committee members receive death threatsTop leaders of a new Texas House committee that is addressing issues related to gun violence in the wake of two local mass shootings say some of its Republican members have received death threats. The threats mark the latest confrontation Republican lawmakers have faced by gun rights supporters in Texas, which already has some of the most permissive gun laws in the U.S. Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez, the vice chairman of the panel, said the lawmakers were targeted “by people who do not want to see any movement on gun issues.” Nevarez declined to comment Wednesday on who the lawmakers were and did not know if they reported the threats to law enforcement.



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Relatives, officials attend mass for Mugabe in Singapore

Relatives, officials attend mass for Mugabe in SingaporeRelatives and government officials attended a mass for Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe in Singapore on Tuesday after arriving in the country where he died to collect his body. Mugabe, a guerrilla leader who swept to power after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain and went on to rule for 37 years until he was ousted in 2017, died on Friday, aged 95. Family members and officials arrived in Singapore, where he was treated for several months before dying, early Tuesday on a chartered flight.



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US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks

US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checksMost mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their backgrounds to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for decades. Not all gun purchases are subject to a federal background check system. In 2018, there were more than 26 million background checks conducted and fewer than 100,000 people failed.



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Beto O'Rourke takes on Meghan McCain over gun rights amid gun control debate after mass shootings

Beto O'Rourke takes on Meghan McCain over gun rights amid gun control debate after mass shootingsO'Rourke, a native Texan and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, and McCain, an outspoken conservative voice on "The View," have a difference of opinion when it comes to gun control and gun rights.



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Texas Governor Issues Spate of Executive Orders Designed to Prevent Mass Shootings

Texas Governor Issues Spate of Executive Orders Designed to Prevent Mass ShootingsTexas governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued eight executive orders aimed at preventing mass shootings after two massacres last month left the Lone Star State shaken."Mental instability, racial hatred, extremist ideology, a desire to sow domestic terror, and other factors have contributed to these horrific mass shootings in varying degrees," the executive orders said. They also pointed out that police had been alerted to both shooters before they carried out their attacks.Abbott ordered the state's Department of Public Safety and Commission on Law Enforcement to standardize procedures for determining whether information should be reported to the Texas Suspicious Activity Reporting Network, to train law enforcement in those procedures, and to raise public awareness of them.He also ordered the Department of Public Safety to work with local law enforcement, mental-health professionals, and school districts to come up with "multidisciplinary threat assessment teams" and beef up staff at government intelligence-gathering centers, and increased pressure on counties to promptly report criminal convictions to the Department.On August 3, a 21-year-old gunman opened fire on a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people and injuring 26 others. He left behind a manifesto detailing his hatred of immigrants and fear of an “invasion” of Hispanics across the southern border. Last Saturday, a 36-year-old male suspect killed seven and injured 22 others in Odessa and Midland, Texas.Abbott lamented Monday that the Odessa suspect had a criminal history and previously failed to pass a background check to purchase a gun, saying that, "we must keep guns out of criminals’ hands.”“I will continue to work expeditiously with the legislature on laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals, while safeguarding the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans,” Abbot promised.



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'We need change:' El Paso mass shooting survivors file lawsuit against Walmart

'We need change:' El Paso mass shooting survivors file lawsuit against WalmartA lawsuit was filed by two victims claiming that Walmart failed to have proper security in place to prevent the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso.



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Five dead, 21 hurt in Texas mass shooting

Five dead, 21 hurt in Texas mass shootingA gunman hijacked a US postal truck and opened fire at random in the US state of Texas Saturday, shooting dead at least five people and wounding many others before dying in a shootout with officers. Police identified the suspect as a white man in his mid-30s, but could not yet name him or say why he carried out the attack in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. Coming less than a month after a gunman killed 22 people in the Texas city of El Paso, the latest bloodshed immediately ignited fresh calls for gun control to stem the US scourge of mass shootings.



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5 dead, 21 wounded in mass shooting in Midland-Odessa, Texas; shooter killed

5 dead, 21 wounded in mass shooting in Midland-Odessa, Texas; shooter killedAt least five people have been killed and 21 injured in Midland, Texas. The shooter was shot and killed by police. The incident started with a traffic violation. The driver opened fire on the officer and fled the scene.



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Hong Kong Police Ban Mass Weekend Protest March, Citing Safety

Hong Kong Police Ban Mass Weekend Protest March, Citing Safety(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong police said they banned a Saturday protest by the organizer of previous historic mass marches, citing public safety concerns, a move that could anger demonstrators ahead of a planned 13th straight weekend of pro-democracy rallies.Police said approving the Civil Human Rights Front’s march was too risky as some people might use it to “carry out large scale destruction and disrupt public order,” Kwok Pak-chung, the force’s regional commander for Hong Kong Island, said at a Thursday briefing. The South China Morning Post first reported the ban.“Based on our intelligence, we believe certain protesters will commit acts of violence during the gathering,” Kwok said. “There’s a high chance that certain violent protesters will hijack this event.” He added that officials “have made a decision that we didn’t like to make.”Bonnie Leung, CHRF’s vice-convener, told Bloomberg News earlier in the day that the group was planning to appeal. Some previous rallies have been approved at the last minute after negotiations with police.The ban could trigger further outcry as the rally was planned for the fifth anniversary of China’s introduction of an electoral reform package that would have restricted democratic freedoms and was later rejected by Hong Kong. It could also fuel turnout at a two-day general strike called to begin Monday if the government doesn’t concede to protesters’ major demands by Saturday, the SCMP said.Timeline: How Months of Protests Have Unfolded in Hong KongThe march had been planned to start at centrally located Chater Garden and continue on to China’s liaison office in the city, where Hong Kong’s police and Beijing have drawn their sharpest line after a previous demonstration saw protesters deface the national emblem. Hong Kong’s former leader Leung Chun-ying is promoting a website offering crowd-funded cash bounties to identify protesters who have perpetrated vandalism, including HK$ 1 million ($ 127,000) for the person who splashed black paint on the emblem.The CHRF has organized three record-breaking peaceful marches over weeks of protests, including the June 9 rally against legislation easing extraditions to China that sparked what’s morphed into a broader movement against Beijing’s tightening grip over the city. The group said each march brought more than 1 million people onto the streets, while police estimates are lower, in the hundreds of thousands.Its latest march would come after a weekend that began with the formation of a peaceful human chain across the city and culminated two days later with police firing a weapon and using water cannons for the first time. Police said 86 people were arrested over the weekend for alleged offenses including unlawful assembly, possession of weapons and assaulting officers.CHRF convener Jimmy Sham said separately Thursday that he had been attacked by two armed masked men inside a restaurant in the city’s Kowloon, but that he hadn’t been hurt because his friend shielded him. Sham said he would head to the police station in Tsim Sha Tsui to give a statement.(Updates throughout with police confirmation.)To contact the reporters on this story: Sheryl Tian Tong Lee in Hong Kong at slee1905@bloomberg.net;Fion Li in Hong Kong at fli59@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Jon HerskovitzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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