Taxes on the bourse    Damage to Turkey's standing    Slow-cooked or raw Brexit?    Egypt ‘shocked and distressed' by Ethiopian PM's comments on GERD    Lebanon PM seeks foreign support for reforms amid protests    UK lifts four-year ban on flights to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh    NBE leasing arm receives EGP1bln loans from 5 banks    President Sisi arrives in Sochi for Russia-Africa Summit    Live score: Juventus v Lokomotiv Moscow (UEFA Champions League)    Israel's Netanyahu gives up effort to form new government    Beckham's stadium complex for Inter Miami taking shape    Tennis: Hewitt happy to end Davis Cup exile of "different" Kyrgios    Saudi profits from corporate earnings, Qatar extends losses    Canada's Trudeau retains power in election but will have minority government    Egypt's parliament endorses €205 mln loan deal with EBRD to upgrade Cairo Metro's first line    Liverpool's Egyptian star Mohamed Salah among 2019 Ballon d'Or nominees    Egypt's train fares to not increase until developing services – minister    Oil steady on weak demand worries despite U.S.-China trade optimism    Liverpool's Egyptian winger Salah ruled out of Manchester United clash    European markets seen cautiously higher as Brexit uncertainty returns    WHO hails 'triumph' as Ebola vaccine gets European green light    Current and ex smokers may lower lung cancer risk with exercise    Egypt's Sisi praises SCC's role in protecting justice, rights, freedoms    France's President Macron receives Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Elysee    After a young pupil dies of meningitis in Egypt, tips to help prevention    French President Macron receives Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Elysee    Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Centre launches second round    Egypt's coach Hossam El-Badry satisfied with winning start despite technical problems    Luxor's new discoveries    Moroccan film Nomades scoops awards in Alexandria Film Festival    Six authors vie for Booker prize 2019, Atwood in the lead    In Photos: A sneak peek into rehearsals for the Cleopatra ballet world premiere    Sisi: army engaged in attrition phase against terrorism in Sinai since 2013    Sisi, Ethiopia's PM to meet in Moscow to discuss GERD issue    Sisi, Ethiopia's PM agree to overcome obstacles in Nile dam talks    Farwell to Egyptian comic actor Talaat Zakaria    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Britain bans sales of tear gas to Hong Kong after violence at protests
Published in Ahram Online on 25 - 06 - 2019

Britain banned sales of crowd-control equipment such as tear gas to Hong Kong on Tuesday and called for an investigation after police clashed with demonstrators opposed to a bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Millions of people have clogged the streets of the former British colony in recent weeks to rally against the bill, which would allow people to be extradited to the mainland to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.
Hong Kong police this month fired rubber bullets and tear gas at people taking part in the protests - the largest since crowds demonstrated against the bloody suppression of pro-democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in June 1989.
The protests, which effectively pitched thousands of often young Hong Kong residents into a standoff with the increasingly mighty Chinese state, are the greatest popular challenge to President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012.
"What happens in Hong Kong is, I think for all of us, a litmus test of the direction of travel that China goes in," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, one of the two contenders to be the next British prime minister, told parliament.
"I today urge the Hong Kong ... government to establish a robust, independent investigation into the violent scenes that we saw," Hunt said.
Britain, he said, would issue no more export licences for crowd-control equipment to Hong Kong until it was satisfied its concerns on human rights and fundamental freedoms had been thoroughly addressed.
"The outcome of that investigation will inform our assessment of future export licence applications to the Hong Kong police," Hunt said.
Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and has since been governed under a "one country, two systems" formula that allows it freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including freedom to protest and a much-cherished independent judiciary.
"We will stand by that agreement and we expect China to do the same," Hunt said.
"The fundamental freedoms of Hong Kong are what have made it such a stunning success since 1997 and indeed before 1997 - anything that contradicted the letter or spirit of the basic law that preserves them should not happen," Hunt added.
Many in Hong Kong accuse China of extensive meddling, including obstruction of democratic reforms, interference with local elections and of being behind the disappearance of five Hong Kong-based booksellers, starting in 2015, who specialised in works critical of Chinese leaders.
Chinese censors have been working hard to erase or block news of the Hong Kong protests.


Clic here to read the story from its source.