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Organiser of Tiananmen Square vigil arrested in Hong Kong on anniversary of massacre


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Tiananmen: Hong Kong vigil organiser arrested on 32nd anniversary


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Police arrest organiser of Hong Kong protest after rally turns violent

Police arrest organiser of Hong Kong protest after rally turns violentA prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was arrested by police, his organisation said on Monday, after a protest he helped organise in the financial district a day earlier turned violent with officers firing tear gas to disperse the crowds. Ventus Lau was arrested on Sunday evening on charges of “obstruction of police administration” and violating terms set when permission was granted for the protest, the Hong Kong Civil Assembly Team said in a statement. “It was primarily rioters’ violent acts which led to the suspension of the gathering,” Senior Superintendent Ng Lok-chun told reporters.



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Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous event

Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous eventThe entrepreneur behind a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that collapsed in chaos in 2017 was sentenced to six years in prison by a US judge on Thursday after admitting fraud. Billy McFarland, 26, was the force behind the Fyre Festival, which billed itself as the ultimate upscale getaway amid a fast-growing market for music events. Hundreds of partygoers headed to the Bahamas, some paying more than $ 100,000 each, but instead found tents that wouldn't have looked out of place in relief camps and cuisine that was just rudimentary sandwiches. "Today, McFarland found out the hard way that empty promises don't lead to jet-setting, champagne and extravagant parties – they lead to federal prison," said US Attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman. The New Yorker admitted wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements in a two-pronged plea in March and July. Had he gone to trial and been convicted, he could have faced 20 years in prison. In addition to his jail time, he was ordered to forfeit $ 26 million. Prosecutors said McFarland repeatedly misrepresented himself to build his Fyre Media tech company and the ill-fated festival. Tents and mattresses being set up for the festival Credit: Jake Strang He falsified statements to show investors that his company earned millions of dollars from April 2016 and February 2017 through talent bookings, which in reality has grossed just $ 57,443, prosecutors said. The US Attorney's office said that at least 80 investors fell victim to his scheme, losing more than $ 24 million. McFarland also falsely boasted about Magnises, a credit card and private club geared at millennials, prosecutors said. He told investors that he sold Magnises for $ 40 million while in truth no sale had taken place, they said. In the first damages awarded, a judge in North Carolina earlier this year handed two fans each $ 1.5 million in compensation, plus $ 1 million each in punitive damages, far more than the minimum sought. Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson said that they shelled out $ 13,000 with a promise of exclusive accommodation on a private island but instead wound up in a relief camp-style tent and left when they felt unsafe. Numerous festival-goers posted pictures on social media of shambolic scenes, leading to online mockery of the high prices many had paid. The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestivalpic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017 The Fyre Festival was abruptly canceled and attendees evacuated, leading to online mockery of many of the young fans who had bought into the advertising of the event as a uniquely high-end music party. The government of the Bahamas, a country of more than 700 islands where tourism is the largest industry, apologized and assisted in evacuations – but stressed it was not involved directly in the event.



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Charlottesville far-right rally organiser is literally chased out of town

Charlottesville far-right rally organiser is literally chased out of townThe organiser of a white nationalist rally in Virginia was chased away from a news conference Sunday, a day after the event erupted in violence and left three people dead. Blogger Jason Kessler had to be escorted by law enforcement into a police station to avoid protesters.  Video of the incident shows Mr Kessler running with a police officer from an angry mob that heckled him, including a man who accused him of being responsible for the death of a woman killed during the anti-racism protests Saturday. Mr Kessler briefly made remarks before he fled, criticising the people who were booing him. "That hate that you hear around you, that is the anti-white hate," Mr Kessler said at his outdoor news conference in downtown Charlottesville. Police escort Jason Kessler, organiser of the 'Unite the Right' rally, as he is rushed away after a press conference at City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia Credit: EPA He posted a video on social media saying police and city officials were responsible for the violence at Saturday's rally, and criticised them for how they handled Sunday's news conference. "I knew going in that I was putting my life in my hands, that's probably the last time I'm going to do that for quite some time," said Mr Kessler, who lives in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia. He also decried what he said has been slanted media coverage aimed at hurting President Donald Trump. Jason Kessler is rushed away after the press conference Credit: EPA  State police said they charged a Charlottesville man with misdemeanor assault and battery after a trooper observed him spit on Mr Kessler. The rally turned deadly Saturday when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against white supremacy.  One woman was killed and 19 others were injured. A police helicopter monitoring the event later crashed, killing two troopers on board. Jason Kessler falls into bushes, as he is rushed away from the disrupted press conference at City Hall Credit:  EPA Mr Kessler's profile has risen in the self-described "alt-right" community – an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism – as he publicized his fight to prevent the city from moving a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. In May, he was one of three people arrested after scuffles broke out by the statue. Police said Mr Kessler wouldn't obey an officer's commands to leave and was inciting others with a bullhorn. Jason Kessler is helped by police after being tackled by a woman  Credit:  REUTERS Later that month, he applied for a permit for Saturday's rally, which he told The Associated Press was partly over the statue removal decision but also because an "anti-white climate." Mr Kessler said he does not identify as a white nationalist but told the AP he is concerned about immigration creating an "ethnic cleansing" of white people. Mr Kessler said on his webpage that he's a graduate of the University of Virginia and the author of a novel and a book on poetry. His novel, Badland Blues, is about a homeless dwarf who wins the lottery and his poetry is a rumination on "debauchery, madness loneliness and death," according to descriptions on Amazon.  



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