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A Rift Reportedly Opens Between Hong Kong Prosecutors and Police as Protests Continue Unabated

A Rift Reportedly Opens Between Hong Kong Prosecutors and Police as Protests Continue UnabatedThe head of the Hong Kong Court Prosecutors Association accuses police of lying, government funded broadcaster says



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Russia jails blogger for Tweet, charges Kremlin critics over protests

Russia jails blogger for Tweet, charges Kremlin critics over protestsA Russian court sentenced a blogger to five years in jail on Tuesday after convicting him of inciting violence against the children of police officers, and charged two Kremlin critics with organizing an illegal protest. The court action follows a summer of opposition protests demanding free elections to Moscow’s city legislature on Sept. 8, the biggest sustained protest movement in the Russian capital since 2011-2013. The authorities have allowed some opposition protests, but declined to sanction others.



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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong among three arrested before weekend protests

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong among three arrested before weekend protestsHong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Friday ahead of another weekend of planned protests in the Chinese-ruled city that is grappling with its biggest political crisis since its handover to Beijing more than two decades ago. Wong, the face of Hong Kong’s push for full democracy during protests in 2014 that paralyzed parts of the city for 79 days, was released from jail in June after serving a five-week term for contempt of court. “He was suddenly pushed into a private car on the street,” Wong’s political party Demosisto, which advocates for greater democracy in Hong Kong, said on its official Twitter account.



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Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests plannedHong Kong police on Sunday said they arrested 29 people after clashes overnight in which volleys of tear gas were fired to break up anti-government protests and as the Asian financial hub braced for further demonstrations in the day. Activists on Saturday threw petrol bombs and bricks at the gritty industrial area of Kwun Tong, a densely populated area of the Chinese territory on the east of the Kowloon peninsula. Four MTR subway stations had been closed due to the protests.



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Tears, fear as Russian students jailed over opposition protests

Tears, fear as Russian students jailed over opposition protestsIn a court on the outskirts of Moscow, fellow students of Yegor Zhukov started weeping as he delivered a speech via a video link from jail. The 21-year-old is among a group of young protesters with bright futures risking criminal convictions and life-changing jail terms as Russia attempts to quell dissent. Zhukov is the most prominent among them thanks to his popular YouTube clips where he criticises President Vladimir Putin’s regime and backs the anti-corruption campaign of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.



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Hong Kong's evolving protests: Voices from the front lines

Hong Kong's evolving protests: Voices from the front lines___ In this cauldron of growing rage, the protesters set their sights on Hong Kong's airport.



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China accused of using Twitter, Facebook against Hong Kong protests

China accused of using Twitter, Facebook against Hong Kong protestsTwitter and Facebook said Monday they had uncovered a campaign by China to use the social media platforms against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. “We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change,” Twitter said in an online post. Facebook said a tip from Twitter led to the removal of pages, groups and accounts originating in China and involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” focusing on Hong Kong.



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Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland

Authorities praised for handling of protests in PortlandAfter previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland, Oregon, earned praise Monday from outside observers for using a natural barrier — the city’s Willamette River — to keep dueling protesters apart during a weekend far-right rally and large counter-demonstration that included a subset of masked and black-clad anti-fascists. As the city returned to normal, Mayor Ted Wheeler called Saturday’s dueling demonstrations a win for residents. Oregon’s top federal prosecutor called the handling of the event a “definitive counterpoint” for those who on both sides who have criticized police after past protests for favoring one side or the other.



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Portland protests: Woman pinned to ground by police officers after spitting towards them

Portland protests: Woman pinned to ground by police officers after spitting towards themA woman was pinned to the ground by six police officers after she spat towards them during a day of protests between duelling far-right and anti-fascist activists in Portland.Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed the Oregon city at the weekend for a widely publicised right-wing rally that attracted the attention of Donald Trump.In video circulating online, a woman can be seen walking towards police and spitting at them once before she is wrestled to the floor by a group of officers wearing riot gear.“Police brutality cannot be tolerated on any level," Riley Renn, the woman who filmed the video, told The Independent.“Many of the people who were counter-protesting were also there to speak out against [the] lack of accountability when it comes to the United States and our massive police presence.”It is not clear whether the woman involved was part of an official protest or just a passer-by in the area.Portland Police have been contacted for comment on the incident shown in the video.At least 13 people were arrested in the city on Saturday as officers seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons during the right-wing rally.On Saturday, Mr Trump showed support for one of the demands of right-wing demonstrators by saying “major consideration” was being given to naming the anti-fascist group Antifa an “organisation of terror”.Leaders of right-wing groups have vowed to return to the city so long as Antifa groups remain active in the area.However, Portland’s mayor Ted Wheeler said Joe Biggs, the organiser of the event, was not welcome in the city."We do not want him here in my city. Period,” Mr Wheeler said, adding that he believed the demonstrations were linked to “a rising white nationalist movement” in the US."Portland, being a very progressive community, is always going to be at or near ground zero of this battle,” he said.More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, were in the city for the event, which was attended by members of the far-right Proud Boys group and Three Percenters militia movement.Lieutenant Tina Jones, a police spokesperson, said there were about 1,200 people on the streets at the peak of the protests.The Proud Boys, who organised the event on Saturday, have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre.The rally was inspired by a viral video of conservative blogger Andy Ngo being attacked by anti-fascist protesters in June.Agencies contributed to this report



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More mass protests planned in Hong Kong after peaceful weekend of rallies

More mass protests planned in Hong Kong after peaceful weekend of ralliesHong Kong is gearing up for more protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes. The protests began more than 11 weeks ago as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts and have swelled into wider calls for democracy. Further demonstrations are planned in coming weeks, including another strike in districts across the former British colony.



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