Freed student activist calls on HK leader to resign

Hong Kong’s most well-known student activist Joshua Wong has called for the resignation of leader Carrie Lam, following his release from prison.

Wong, who became the face of the city’s 2014 pro-democracy protests, was speaking after one of the biggest mass protests in the city.

Organisers say two million people marched on Sunday against a controversial extradition bill.

The bill, which has now been suspended, allows extradition to mainland China.

Ms Lam on Sunday apologised for proposing the bill. Many protesters, who fear increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong, have also called for her resignation.

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Wong, who received two separate prison sentences in 2017 and 2018 for his part in what became known as the Umbrella Movement, walked free on Monday after serving a reduced sentence of one month.

“[Carrie Lam] is no longer qualified to be Hong Kong’s leader,” Wong told reporters at the prison. “She must take the blame and resign, be held accountable and step down.”

His release is expected to further rally protesters and could put more pressure on Ms Lam, correspondents say.

After diminishing in numbers overnight, large groups of protesters were seen gathering on key roads near the government headquarters again on Monday. Organisers say protests will continue until the bill is scrapped altogether.

The recent wave of protests in Hong Kong are reminiscent of the Umbrella Movement that took place in 2014 and called for the territory to be able to pick its own leaders.

The protests started in reaction to a decision made by China that it would allow direct elections in Hong Kong in 2017, but only from a list of candidates pre-approved by Beijing.

Wong and other student activists led the protests which saw thousands of people camp in the central business district for 79 days, bringing the city to a standstill.

The student activists were later convicted of unlawful assembly and jailed over an incident that helped trigger the mass protests.

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Italian Clooney fraudsters arrested in Thailand

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Two Italians accused of posing as US actor George Clooney to promote a fashion business have been arrested in Thailand after years on the run.

Francesco Galdelli, 58, and Vanja Goffi, 45 have been wanted on an Interpol red notice since 2013.

The Hollywood star sued them and in a 2010 trial in Italy testified against them, saying they had fraudulently used his name.

They are also accused of a series of other scams and frauds in Italy.

They had fled their home country to avoid arrest and had been dubbed the Italian Bonnie and Clyde after the legendary US gangster couple.

The two were arrested on Saturday in a joint operation of Thai and Italian authorities on the outskirts of the Thai city of Pattaya, Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division said on Sunday.

“During interrogation, Francesco confessed to claiming to be George Clooney and opening a clothes business to trick people into sending money,” news agency AFP said citing Thai police.

The pair had been living in Thailand since 2014 according to authorities. That year Mr Galdelli had been arrested but escaped during his trial.

According to Italian media, the two sustained their life in Thailand by selling fake Rolex watches online.

They will be charged for overstaying their visas before extradition proceedings begin, police said.

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Protests return to Hong Kong streets

Protesters took part in a demonstration to state their dissatisfaction at Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s recent decision to suspend a controversial law which would allow extradition to mainland China.

Ms Lam has since sent an apology to the people of Hong Kong.

Mourning is also taking place after the death of a protester, who is said to have fallen from a building after hanging a banner during recent activity.

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Protests return to Hong Kong streets

Protesters took part in a demonstration to state their dissatisfaction at Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s recent decision to suspend a controversial law which would allow extradition to mainland China.

Ms Lam has since sent an apology to the people of Hong Kong.

Mourning is also taking place after the death of a protester, who is said to have fallen from a building after hanging a banner during recent activity.

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Scale of Hong Kong march explained in photos

Organisers say two million people have turned out for a demonstration in Hong Kong, the latest large protest against a controversial extradition bill.

But what did the protests look like on the ground?

We collated images taken within a short time of each other that show the extent of the crowds in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The numbered photographs below correspond to map locations – all taken while the crowd snaked through the city.

Victoria Park – rally point

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Taken shortly before the official start of the march at 14:30 local time, this was the staging area for the crowds. More arrived for hours, as train stations were overcrowded and people could not reach the city.

It took hours for the park to mostly clear – but more than four hours later, there remained a steady stream of dozens leaving the area to catch the march’s tail.

Paterson Street

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The recognisable ring at the base of Paterson Street light rail station is seen here – as the crowds from Victoria Park surged along Yee Wo Street towards Hennessy Road, which formed the main route.

Sogo, Hennessy Road

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The Sogo department store at Causeway bay lies at the junction of Yee Wo Street and three side streets – a natural converging point for the crowds. Police largely left the nearby adjoining streets along the route open the crowds.

Hysan Place

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Hysan Place, just down the road from Sogo, shows the crowds stretching off in multiple directions. At times, the sheer number of people on the route slowed the pace to a crawl. This photograph was taken more than two hours after the march began – just 500 metres from the starting point.

Looking back towards Canal Road flyover

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The shadow of the Canal Road flyover can be seen just at the top of this photograph, as the march continued down the main thoroughfare.

Hennessy Road near Wan Chai

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Wan Chai, the busy commercial district, was next. This street usually accommodates two to three lanes of traffic in both directions, plus the light rail system down the centre – but not on Sunday.

Admiralty – remembrance held

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This photo was taken earlier in the day, as well-wishers formed a long but orderly queue at Pacific Place to lay flowers at the site where a protester died the night before. The man fell from scaffolding he had climbed and stayed on for hours, after unfurling a banner against the extradition law. The march would later wind around the area, known as the Admiralty, before heading for government buildings.

Legislative council complex – rally end point

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The first arrivals at the legislative buildings – the rally’s end point – came not long after the march began. But those behind them took hours to navigate streets that were filled to capacity, with crowd control in effect at train stations.

Large crowds were still present on the city’s central streets well after nightfall.

Photographs are subject to copyright of the relevant agencies.

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Scale of Hong Kong march explained in photos

Organisers say two million people have turned out for a demonstration in Hong Kong, the latest large protest against a controversial extradition bill.

But what did the protests look like on the ground?

We collated images taken within a short time of each other that show the extent of the crowds in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The numbered photographs below correspond to map locations – all taken while the crowd snaked through the city.

Victoria Park – rally point

Image copyright Getty Images

Taken shortly before the official start of the march at 14:30 local time, this was the staging area for the crowds. More arrived for hours, as train stations were overcrowded and people could not reach the city.

It took hours for the park to mostly clear – but more than four hours later, there remained a steady stream of dozens leaving the area to catch the march’s tail.

Paterson Street

Image copyright EPA

The recognisable ring at the base of Paterson Street light rail station is seen here – as the crowds from Victoria Park surged along Yee Wo Street towards Hennessy Road, which formed the main route.

Sogo, Hennessy Road

Image copyright AFP

The Sogo department store at Causeway bay lies at the junction of Yee Wo Street and three side streets – a natural converging point for the crowds. Police largely left the nearby adjoining streets along the route open the crowds.

Hysan Place

Image copyright EPA

Hysan Place, just down the road from Sogo, shows the crowds stretching off in multiple directions. At times, the sheer number of people on the route slowed the pace to a crawl. This photograph was taken more than two hours after the march began – just 500 metres from the starting point.

Looking back towards Canal Road flyover

Image copyright Getty Images

The shadow of the Canal Road flyover can be seen just at the top of this photograph, as the march continued down the main thoroughfare.

Hennessy Road near Wan Chai

Image copyright Getty

Wan Chai, the busy commercial district, was next. This street usually accommodates two to three lanes of traffic in both directions, plus the light rail system down the centre – but not on Sunday.

Admiralty – remembrance held

Image copyright Getty Images

This photo was taken earlier in the day, as well-wishers formed a long but orderly queue at Pacific Place to lay flowers at the site where a protester died the night before. The man fell from scaffolding he had climbed and stayed on for hours, after unfurling a banner against the extradition law. The march would later wind around the area, known as the Admiralty, before heading for government buildings.

Legislative council complex – rally end point

Image copyright Reuters

The first arrivals at the legislative buildings – the rally’s end point – came not long after the march began. But those behind them took hours to navigate streets that were filled to capacity, with crowd control in effect at train stations.

Large crowds were still present on the city’s central streets well after nightfall.

Photographs are subject to copyright of the relevant agencies.

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Hong Kong protest ‘largest in 30 years’

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Nearly two million people have taken part in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, organisers say.

The number has not been independently verified. If confirmed, it would be the largest protest there since 1989.

The masses turned out despite the suspension of the bill – which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China – on Saturday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Sunday apologised for proposing the bill.

Many protesters, who fear increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong, are calling on her to resign over the unrest.

They are also demanding that the bill be scrapped, not just suspended.

What happened at the protest?

“Today’s march we had almost two million people,” Jimmy Sham, from the Civil Human Rights Front protest group, told reporters late on Sunday evening.

The protest was mainly peaceful, with police officers reportedly holding back to allow the throngs of people to slowly pass through the city.

This contrasted to scenes at the last previous major demonstration on Wednesday, which saw clashes between protesters and police that injured dozens.

The demonstration began early in the afternoon in Victoria Square, with many wearing black.

Many held white flowers to mourn a protester who fell to his death on Saturday from a ledge, where hours earlier he had unfurled an anti-extradition banner.

The progress of the march was slow, as the large numbers of people blocked many streets and crowded train stations.

As darkness fell, protesters started to take over major roads and crossings and surrounded the legislative council building.

They carried placards that read “The students did not riot”, in response to police labelling last Wednesday’s student protests a riot – an offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

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There was scepticism among some protesters about Ms Lam’s decision to suspend the bill.

“Carrie Lam has ignored the feelings of Hong Kongers,” Mr Ma, a 67-year-old protester, told the BBC.

He said Ms Lam had “acted like it was no big deal” after a reported million people marched last week.

“Secondly, we are marching for the students who were brutally treated by the police. We need to get justice for them.”

Chloe Yim, 20, who had joined the protests for the first time, said: “If Carrie sees so many people come out, and still doesn’t listen – she’s being an autocrat who doesn’t listen to people. Hong Kong people can’t accept that.”

‘Too little too late’

Analysis by Helier Cheung, BBC News, Hong Kong

The government had hoped to reduce public anger by announcing a pause in the legislation on Saturday.

That has patently failed, as even bigger numbers – close to two million, according to the organisers, took to the streets.

For the chief executive, the demonstrations will have taken on a particularly personal bent, as protesters chanted “Carrie Lam – resign!” throughout during the day.

The government is now trying to strike a conciliatory tone – in a statement, it said it understood the protesters’ views “have been made out of love and core for Hong Kong”. It promised the chief executive would adopt a more “sincere and humble attitude” towards public criticism.

But this is too little, too late for many protesters, who insist they won’t settle for anything less than the bill being completely withdrawn.

The new face of the HK protests

The scenes are reminiscent of 2003 – when half a million people protested against proposed national security legislation. The unpopular chief executive at the time, Tung Chee-hwa, resigned months later.

But even if Ms Lam resigns, there’s no guarantee that protesters will be satisfied with whoever replaces her – especially as, under Hong Kong’s political system, the leader is elected by a small panel filled with allies of the Beijing government.

What is the controversy about?

Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” deal that guarantees it a level of autonomy.

The government had argued the proposed extradition bill would “plug the loopholes” so that the city would not be a safe haven for criminals, following a murder case in Taiwan.

Critics have said the legislation would expose people in Hong Kong to China’s deeply flawed justice system and lead to further erosion of the city’s judicial independence.

Many fear the law could be used to target political opponents of the Chinese state. A large-scale march, which organisers said drew more than one million people, was held last Sunday.

On Wednesday tens of thousands gathered to blockade streets around government headquarters to try to stop the second reading, or debate, of the extradition bill.

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There were clashes and 22 police and 60 protesters were injured. Authorities say 11 people were arrested. The police have been accused by some rights groups of excessive force.

Why the anger at Carrie Lam?

Much of the public anger has been directed at Ms Lam, the region’s elected chief executive – who is firmly supported by Beijing.

Part of that anger comes from a tearful address after Wednesday’s violence in which she labelled the protests “organised riots” – a label rejected by the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters.

Ms Lam remained hidden from public view for days, until her announcement on Saturday the she had heard the calls for her government to “pause and think”. But she stopped short of saying the bill would be permanently shelved.

Profile: Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong

On Sunday, she followed this up with a statement apologising for “her government’s work that has led to substantial controversies and disputes in society, causing disappointment and grief among the people”.

There has been speculation among analysts about Ms Lam’s future amid the continued protests, but China’s foreign ministry publicly backed her on Saturday.

Is Hong Kong part of China?

Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841, when China ceded the island to the British after the First Opium War – which had erupted over British traders smuggling opium into China. It remained a colony until sovereignty was returned to China in 1997.

It is now part of China under a “one country, two systems” principle, which ensures that it keeps its own judicial independence, its own legislature and economic system.

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It is what China calls a special administrative region – enjoying a great deal of autonomy that has made it a key business and media hub in the region.

But it remains subject to pressure from mainland China, and Beijing remains responsible for defence and foreign affairs.

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Hong Kong protest ‘largest in 30 years’

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Nearly two million people have taken part in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, organisers say.

The number has not been independently verified. If confirmed, it would be the largest protest there since 1989.

The masses turned out despite the suspension of the bill – which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China – on Saturday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Sunday apologised for proposing the bill.

Many protesters, who fear increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong, are calling on her to resign over the unrest.

They are also demanding that the bill be scrapped, not just suspended.

What happened at the protest?

“Today’s march we had almost two million people,” Jimmy Sham, from the Civil Human Rights Front protest group, told reporters late on Sunday evening.

The protest was mainly peaceful, with police officers reportedly holding back to allow the throngs of people to slowly pass through the city.

This contrasted to scenes at the last previous major demonstration on Wednesday, which saw clashes between protesters and police that injured dozens.

The demonstration began early in the afternoon in Victoria Square, with many wearing black.

Many held white flowers to mourn a protester who fell to his death on Saturday from a ledge, where hours earlier he had unfurled an anti-extradition banner.

The progress of the march was slow, as the large numbers of people blocked many streets and crowded train stations.

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Report

As darkness fell, protesters started to take over major roads and crossings and surrounded the legislative council building.

They carried placards that read “The students did not riot”, in response to police labelling last Wednesday’s student protests a riot – an offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

All you need to know about the protests
Hong Kong-China extradition plans explained

There was scepticism among some protesters about Ms Lam’s decision to suspend the bill.

“Carrie Lam has ignored the feelings of Hong Kongers,” Mr Ma, a 67-year-old protester, told the BBC. He said Ms Lam had “acted like it was no big deal” after a reported million people marched last week.

“Secondly, we are marching for the students who were brutally treated by the police. We need to get justice for them.”

Chloe Yim, 20, who had joined the protests for the first time, said: “If Carrie sees so many people come out, and still doesn’t listen – she’s being an autocrat who doesn’t listen to people. Hong Kong people can’t accept that.”

‘Too little too late’

Analysis by Helier Cheung, BBC News, Hong Kong

The government had hoped to reduce public anger by announcing a pause in the legislation on Saturday.

That has patently failed, as even bigger numbers – close to two million, according to the organisers, took to the streets.

For the chief executive, the demonstrations will have taken on a particularly personal bent, as protesters chanted “Carrie Lam – resign!” throughout during the day.

The government is now trying to strike a conciliatory tone – in a statement, it said it understood the protesters’ views “have been made out of love and core for Hong Kong”. It promised the chief executive would adopt a more “sincere and humble attitude” towards public criticism.

But this is too little, too late for many protesters, who insist they won’t settle for anything less than the bill being completely withdrawn.

The new face of the HK protests

The scenes are reminiscent of 2003 – when half a million people protested against proposed national security legislation. The unpopular chief executive at the time, Tung Chee-hwa, resigned months later.

But even if Ms Lam resigns, there’s no guarantee that protesters will be satisfied with whoever replaces her – especially as, under Hong Kong’s political system, the leader is elected by a small panel filled with allies of the Beijing government.

What is the controversy about?

Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” deal that guarantees it a level of autonomy.

The government had argued the proposed extradition bill would “plug the loopholes” so that the city would not be a safe haven for criminals, following a murder case in Taiwan.

Critics have said the legislation would expose people in Hong Kong to China’s deeply flawed justice system and lead to further erosion of the city’s judicial independence.

Many fear the law could be used to target political opponents of the Chinese state. A large-scale march, which organisers said drew more than one million people, was held last Sunday.

On Wednesday tens of thousands gathered to blockade streets around government headquarters to try to stop the second reading, or debate, of the extradition bill.

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Will the bill damage Hong Kong’s star status?

There were clashes and 22 police and 60 protesters were injured. Authorities say 11 people were arrested. The police have been accused by some rights groups of excessive force.

Why the anger at Carrie Lam?

Much of the public anger has been directed at Ms Lam, the region’s elected chief executive – who is firmly supported by Beijing.

Part of that anger comes from a tearful address after Wednesday’s violence in which she labelled the protests “organised riots” – a label rejected by the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters.

Ms Lam remained hidden from public view for days, until her announcement on Saturday the she had heard the calls for her government to “pause and think”. But she stopped short of saying the bill would be permanently shelved.

Profile: Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong

On Sunday, she followed this up with a statement apologising for “her government’s work that has led to substantial controversies and disputes in society, causing disappointment and grief among the people”.

There has been speculation among analysts about Ms Lam’s future amid the continued protests, but China’s foreign ministry publicly backed her on Saturday.

Is Hong Kong part of China?

Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841, when China ceded the island to the British after the First Opium War – which had erupted over British traders smuggling opium into China. It remained a colony until sovereignty was returned to China in 1997.

It is now part of China under a “one country, two systems” principle, which ensures that it keeps its own judicial independence, its own legislature and economic system.

Beijing’s struggle to win Hong Kong’s young hearts
The Hong Kong handover in a nutshell
A timeline of Hong Kong’s history

It is what China calls a special administrative region – enjoying a great deal of autonomy that has made it a key business and media hub in the region.

But it remains subject to pressure from mainland China, and Beijing remains responsible for defence and foreign affairs.

Are you taking part in the protests today? If it is safe to do so please get in touch by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

You can also contact us in the following ways:

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Married or single? Look at my hair

In Yay Pote Gyi, a remote village in central Myanmar, you see residents with different hairstyles.

It’s a tradition they have kept for more than 200 years.

The hairstyles signal age and whether they are married or ready to date.

But the women say people sometimes laugh at their unique hairstyles when they go out of town.

As the village opens up to new visitors will they break with tradition?

Filming by Phyo Hein Kyaw, Editing by Kevin Kim.

Produced by Lara Owen and Yee Yee Aung.

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