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    Here we go again ... Lunar New Year 2016 HK Riots

    Hong Kong police fire warning shots during Mong Kok fishball 'riot'

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/08/as...red/index.html

    A government crackdown on illegal street food vendors turned violent in Hong Kong in the early hours of Tuesday morning, as riot police clashed with protesters in the shopping district of Mong Kok.

    The disorder erupted following government officials' attempts to evict street vendors who were selling fishballs and other local delicacies during the Lunar New Year holiday.

    Hong Kong riot police fire warning shots in bloody street clashes
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ho...-idUSKCN0VH28E

    As many as 48 police were injured in the clashes, a police spokeswoman said. Hong Kong television showed police officers being beaten with poles and sticks as they lay on the ground.
    Many protesters and police were also shown with blood streaming down their faces. The police spokeswoman also said 24 protesters were arrested.

    Hong Kong police fire warning shots above crowds rioting about Lunar New Year hawker clearances
    http://hongkong.coconuts.co/2016/02/...ker-clearances

    Crusade Yau – the deputy Mong Kok district police commander with a name like a superhero – said the demonstrators seemed to be organised. “Radical elements have come with self-made weapons and shields and clashed with police,” Yau said. “The situation ran out of control and became a riot.”


    Yes, THE Crusade Yau.

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    What a name!
    "Only Nixon can go to China." -- Old Vulcan proverb.

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    Makes you wonder how those lunatics will escalate next...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnut View Post
    What a name!
    gunnut,

    By Hong Kong standards, "Crusade" is pretty mild.
    Between my wife and I, we knew Icky, Icy, Champion, Hamlet, Cheeter (he was my bank teller), Ringo, Rainbow, Adolph, Apple, Ero, Hottie, Opiat and Satan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOR View Post
    gunnut,

    By Hong Kong standards, "Crusade" is pretty mild.
    Between my wife and I, we knew Icky, Icy, Champion, Hamlet, Cheeter (he was my bank teller), Ringo, Rainbow, Adolph, Apple, Ero, Hottie, Opiat and Satan.
    One of our guides on our China trip years ago was named Ocean. Someone mentioned another guy named Spiderman.

    I can see Hamlet and Ringo. They are famous people. Adolph is famous too, but someone ruined that name 70 years ago.

    I like Hottie. Was she hawt?

    There was a hockey player from Czech Republic or Slovakia named Miroslav Satan. It's pronounced "Shuh-taan." It was just funny to see that name on the back of a jersey during the game.

    Bank teller named Cheeter....yeah...let's hope he doesn't moonlight as a bookie or blackjack dealer.
    "Only Nixon can go to China." -- Old Vulcan proverb.

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    Hong Kong's Sept 4, 2016 Legislative Council Elections

    These are the first elections -- for half of the 70 LegCo seats -- since the three month long street protests of late 2014.

    A record turnout in Sunday's vote helped sweep newcomers into office, most notably Nathan Law, a 23-year-old former student leader of massive pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2014. He garnered the second-highest number of votes in his six-seat Hong Kong Island constituency.

    Four veteran democrats were defeated, among them are Wong Yuk-man of the Proletariat Political Institute, who was felled by Youngspiration’s Yau Wai-ching; Labour Party’s Lee Cheuk-yan, who was beaten by Civic Passion’s Cheng Chung-tai; and Lee’s colleague Cyd Ho Sau-lan, who lost in Hong Kong Island to Nathan Law.

    Another rookie, 38-year-old land reform campaigner Eddie Chu, won 84,121 votes, the highest number of votes garnered by any of the more than 200 candidates competing for 35 seats in geographic constituencies.

    Law's party, Demosisto , founded earlier this year with teen protest leader Joshua Wong, advocates a referendum on "self-determination" on the future status of Hong Kong, which is in the middle of a 50-year transition period to Chinese rule.

    Yau Wai-Ching, 25, of Youngspiration , which was formed during the 2014 protests and proposes a similar plan as Demosisto, secured a seat in the Legislative Council. The group's other candidate, 30-year-old Sixtus Leung, also appeared headed for a win, according to incomplete results for his constituency.

    = = = = =

    In my opinion, this is the start of the end of Beijing's experiment with "one country, two systems." Prior to now, the Hong Kong elite was able to tell Beijing that the noisy, rabble-rousing kids didn't constitute any kind of real threat and anyway didn't have the support of any significant portion of Hong Kong voters.

    No more.

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