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Trump campaign 'still hasn't paid security bills for rallies to at least six cities'

Trump campaign 'still hasn't paid security bills for rallies to at least six cities'As Donald Trump prepares for a rally in Louisiana ahead of the state’s gubernatorial election, the president is reportedly on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in local security costs in at least six other cities where his campaign has held rallies and events.This week, the campaign threatened to sue over its unpaid $ 530,000 security bill in Minneapolis, according to CNN. The arena that hosted the event has withdrawn its request, but the city maintains that the cost of services provided for campaign events should come from Mr Trump’s campaign chest and not city coffers.



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Hong Kong protesters stage peaceful rallies calling for 'liberation'

Hong Kong protesters stage peaceful rallies calling for 'liberation'Hundreds of black clad pro-democracy demonstrators chanted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” outside the High Court on Wednesday as a leading activist appeared to appeal a six-year jail sentence for rioting in 2016. The Chinese-ruled financial hub is struggling to recover from a weekend of violent clashes between police and tens of thousands of protesters, with parts virtually cut off due to a paralyzed metro that was a target of vandalism amid four months of often violent unrest. On Wednesday night, some 200 protesters staged a shopping mall demonstration in the New Territories district of Ma On Shan.



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Hong Kong Activists Urge New Rallies as Stricken City Cleans Up

Hong Kong Activists Urge New Rallies as Stricken City Cleans Up(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong braced for another night of protests even as it cleaned up from a chaotic weekend in which demonstrators battled with police, vandalized shops and paralyzed swaths of the Asian financial hub.The violence — erupting after leader Carrie Lam invoked an emergency law for the first time in more than half a century to ban face masks — dealt another blow to the Hong Kong economy on a three-day weekend normally packed with tourists.Activists called for protests across the city again Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. “Hong Kong people, fight to the end,” read one flier circulated on social media. It wasn’t clear what the response would be, but some shops in the Causeway Bay shopping district, a focal point for the violence, pulled their shutters down early.The MTR Corp. provided only limited train service Monday, a public holiday, and ended it completely at 6 p.m., except for an express to the airport, to allow for repairs to vandalized stations. Financial markets were closed for the holiday, although many shops and restaurants were open.Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority canceled afternoon appointments at 13 outpatient clinics “to ensure patient and staff safety.” The Education Bureau urged students to steer clear of “unlawful activities” and advised checking traffic conditions before heading to school Tuesday.The latest protests followed warnings from opposition leaders that Lam’s decision to invoke a colonial-era emergency law to impose the mask ban would only further anger protesters fighting for greater political freedoms, including the right to elect their own leaders.“There is growing distrust against the government, against the police,” said Eric Cheung, a law lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and a member of the committee that elects the city’s leader.Hard ChoiceThe continued violence leaves Lam and her backers in Beijing with a difficult choice: Either take more drastic steps that could further erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and prompt an international backlash, or come up with a political compromise that could produce a leader who challenges its rule over the city.Through periods of torrential rain Sunday, police battled with protesters who occupied streets, vandalized property and targeted businesses with links to the mainland. Some demonstrators gathered briefly outside a People’s Liberation Army barracks were issued a warning from men inside for the first time, according to media reports.From the huge turnout “you can see people aren’t abandoning us and the movement,” said a 17-year-old protester who gave his name as Rocky, wearing all black and a mask on his face. “Hong Kong people would only be angrier and more united if she rolled out more measures under the emergency law.”Goldman Says Singapore Sees Up to $ 4 Billion From Hong KongPolice and local media including the South China Morning Post also reported a man was dragged from his taxi and seriously beaten after apparently plowing into a crowd of protesters.“The public order of the whole city is being pushed to the verge of a very dangerous situation,” a police statement issued early Monday said.Almost four months of growing discontent have taken their toll on the tourism and the retail industries, driving the city’s $ 360 billion economy toward recession. Financial Secretary Paul Chan warned in the Global Times last month that while Hong Kong likely entered a technical recession in the third quarter, the performance of the fourth will depend on whether the city can quell the unrest.Tourism from China declined 42% in August as the value of retail sales fell by almost a quarter. Luxury goods such as jewelry and watches are common purchases by mainland tourists, and the value of those sales slid by almost half. Some smaller store owners have closed down: In Hong Kong’s usually bustling Causeway Bay shopping district, one in 10 stores now stand empty, according to data from real estate agency Midland IC&I Ltd.Protesters initially hit the streets in June to protest a bill that would’ve allowed extraditions to mainland China. While Lam finally withdrew the proposal in September, the protests have since expanded to include calls for an independent inquiry into police violence and greater democratic accountability in the former British colony. Violent clashes between activists and police occur on a weekly, sometimes almost daily basis.Shot and InjuredA 14-year-old boy was shot and injured Friday night during a scuffle between a plainclothes police officer and demonstrators who had attacked his car. Just days earlier, police shot and injured an 18-year-old man who had attacked them during the National Day protests. Both shooting victims have also been arrested.The High Court denied an application for an interim injunction by all 24 pro-democracy lawmakers on the ban of wearing face masks during protests, Radio Television Hong Kong reported. The court adjourned a hearing on their application for a judicial review of the government measure to later this month, it said.Why Hong Kong’s Still Protesting and Where It May Go: QuickTakeA small crowd gathered Monday outside the Eastern Magistrates’ courthouse where two protesters — an 18-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman — detained early Saturday on charges including violating the mask ban appeared. They were released on bail and ordered to abide by a curfew and not leave Hong Kong, according to RTHK.Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last U.K. colonial governor, told Sky TV that the mask ban was “madness” as he criticized Lam’s handling of the protests. The Hong Kong office of China’s foreign affairs ministry condemned his comments as “shameless hypocrisy,” saying the U.K. had taken similar steps during the London riots of 2011.(Updates with fresh protest details from first paragraph)\–With assistance from Fion Li, Aaron Mc Nicholas, Tian Chen, Jinshan Hong and Stanley James.To contact the reporters on this story: Denise Wee in Hong Kong at dwee10@bloomberg.net;Alfred Liu in Hong Kong at aliu226@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, ;Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Paul Geitner, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Hong Kongers kick off days of rallies ahead of China's birthday

Hong Kongers kick off days of rallies ahead of China's birthdayThousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists on Friday night kicked off what is expected to be an intense period of protests, aiming to cast a shadow over communist China’s momentous anniversary celebrations. Beijing is preparing a huge military parade on Tuesday to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, revelling in its transformation into a global superpower. Four days of action are planned in the run-up to Tuesday with clashes almost certain after police denied permission for a march on the anniversary itself citing safety concerns.



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Far-right Proud Boys claim 'mission success' in antifa protest, vow to hold monthly Portland rallies

Far-right Proud Boys claim 'mission success' in antifa protest, vow to hold monthly Portland ralliesThe far-right Proud Boys claimed success and vowed monthly protests in Portland after an 'End Domestic Terrorism' rally in Oregon's largest city.



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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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Portland police keeping far-right protesters, antifa groups apart; violence avoided during rallies

Portland police keeping far-right protesters, antifa groups apart; violence avoided during ralliesA heavy police presence kept members of the Proud Boys and other far-right groups separated from far-left activists at a downtown park Saturday.



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Rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepen

Rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepenTen weeks of demonstrations have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with communist-ruled mainland China taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”. Democracy activists are billing the weekend rallies as a way to show Beijing and the city’s unelected leaders that their movement still enjoys broad public support, despite increasingly violent tactics deployed by a minority of hardcore protesters that have cast a shadow. On Tuesday, protesters blocked passengers from boarding flights at the city’s airport and later assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese spies.



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WRAPUP 3-Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies planned

WRAPUP 3-Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies plannedThe boss of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quit on Friday, the highest-profile corporate casualty of unrest roiling the former British colony, after Beijing targeted the airline over staff involvement in mass protests. Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that has enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997. Several thousand protesters gathered peacefully at a downtown park on Friday for the “Stand with Hong Kong, Power to the People” rally, which had received police permission.



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Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies planned

Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies plannedThe boss of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quit on Friday, the highest-profile corporate casualty of unrest roiling the former British colony, after Beijing targeted the airline over staff involvement in mass protests. Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997. About 1,000 protesters gathered peacefully at a downtown park on Friday for the “Stand with Hong Kong, Power to the People” rally, which had received police permission.



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