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Hong Kong protests: All the latest updates


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"I have a feeling that we're going to make a deal with China," he said.Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed to keep protesting against the proposed extradition bill."We'll stay until the government drops this law and [Chinese President] Xi Jinping gives up on trying to turn Hong Kong into just another city in China like Beijing and Shanghai," college student Louis Wong Wong said.Traffic in one of the busiest parts of the city remained blocked."We want the government to just set the legislation aside and not bring it back," said a protester who gave only his first name, Marco, because he feared possible repercussions from authorities.Another protester, who gave her name only as King, said: "We have to stand up for our rights or they will be taken away".A foreign ministry spokeswoman has said Germany is "examining whether the existing bilateral extradition agreement between Germany and Hong Kong could continue to be implemented in its current form if the planned extradition bill is approved".Maria Adebahr also said that Berlin and its European Union partners have expressed their concern to Hong Kong authorities.Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said it was a good sign that the majority of protesters have been peaceful "and we appeal to all concerned to ensure that things remain just as peaceful in Hong Kong".The Hong Kong Bar Association urged the government to "withdraw the bill for a full and proper consultation".In a letter addressed to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, Chairman Philip Dykes said the group wants to know whether the government took into account the human rights situation in mainland China before seeking assurances from Beijing on the matter.British Prime Minister Theresa May said extradition rules in Hong Kong had to respect the rights and freedoms set out in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration."We are concerned about potential effects of these proposals particularly obviously given the large number of British citizens there are in Hong Kong," May told parliament."But it is vital that those extradition arrangements in Hong Kong are in line with the rights and freedoms that were set down in the Sino-British joint declaration."Britain urged the Hong Kong government to "pause and reflect" on the extradition bill that has sparked widespread protests and said the former British colony must protect its rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy."I urge the Hong Kong government to listen to the concerns of its people and its friends in the international community and to pause and reflect on these controversial measures," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said."It is essential that the authorities engage in meaningful dialogue and take steps to preserve Hong Kong's rights and freedoms and high degree of autonomy, which underpin its international reputation."At a brief news conference held as the chaos swirled just outside, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung called the demonstration a riot and condemned the "irresponsible behaviour" of protesters.That could spell long jail terms for anyone arrested, adding to concerns that Hong Kong's government is using public disturbance laws to intimidate political protesters.Police spokesman Gong Weng Chun defended the decision to use tear gas and other non-lethal weapons to quell the demonstration.Hong Kong police used tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who laid siege to government buildings to oppose the extradition bill. Thousands of protesters blocked entry to Hong Kong's government headquarters, delaying a legislative session on proposed changes to the law.Demonstrators moved metal crowd control barriers, ignoring police warnings to stop.

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