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How apps power Hong Kong’s ‘leaderless’ protests

How apps power Hong Kong’s ‘leaderless’ protests

Technology
In a tiny room on the edge of a nondescript building complex sits an unlikely participant in Hong Kong's protest movement. Behind his laptop computer, Tony (not his real name) monitors scores of groups on private messaging app Telegram and online forums. Organisers say volunteers like Tony are running hundreds of Telegram groups that are powering Hong Kong's protest turned civil disobedience campaign. They claim that more than two million people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to express opposition to a controversial extradition law.Hong Kong has experienced a series of mass rallies against the proposed law, which critics fear could spell an end to its judicial independence. Protestors expect a large turnout on 1 July, the anniversary of Hong Ko...
Carrie Lam offers ‘most sincere apology’ to Hong Kong following mass protests

Carrie Lam offers ‘most sincere apology’ to Hong Kong following mass protests

World
June 18 (UPI) -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam apologized to the public Tuesday following mass protests on the island over a controversial bill but did not offer her resign as demonstrators had demanded. In her first speech since protests erupted in Hong Kong asking for her job, Lam said she has "reflected deeply on all that transpired" since protests erupted June 9 against a controversial extradition bill and that "deficiencies" in the government were to blame for the public's anger. [embedded content] "This has led to controversies, disputes and anxieties in society," she said. "For this, I offer my most sincere apology to all people of Hong Kong." The bill, which would allow for fugitives from Beijing's courts residing in Hong Kong to be extradited to China, was put on hold Sa...
Hong Kong suspends extradition law after protests

Hong Kong suspends extradition law after protests

World
Hong Kong's government has suspended a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial after mass protests.The controversial measure has been shelved indefinitely by the embattled territory's chief executive Carrie Lam in response to an angry public backlash. Image: The climbdown by chief executive Carrie Lam came in the face of a deepening crisis Many in the former British colony feared it would further erode legal protections and freedoms promised by Beijing when it took control in 1997.There were also concerns it could be used to target critics of the Chinese regime.The climbdown on the proposal came ahead of a further major opposition rally on Sunday. ...
Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill

Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill

World
The Hong Kong government has suspended its highly controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced.She had previously refused to scrap the bill despite mass protests from Hong Kong residents."I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work – and various other factors – have stirred up substantial controversies," she said.Protesters expressed concern at increased Chinese influence. Ms Lam said she had heard the calls for her government to "pause and think".She also admitted that the "explanation and communication" of the bill had not been adequate.She said her goal was "the greatest interests of Hong Kong", which involved first restoring peace and order.The government