Nov 10, 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests rage on for 24th consecutive weekend

A protester is detained by riot police, Nov. 10. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Pro-democracy activists blocked roads, trashed shopping malls and vandalized public transportation across Hong Kong on Sunday, while riot police fired tear gas to break up demonstrations, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Sunday's protests mark the 24th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests, coming just two weeks before the Chinese-controlled city holds district council elections.

In photos
Bystanders record footage as a barricade set up by protesters burns, Nov. 10. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
A protester is detained by riot police, Nov. 10. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Police hold the front doors of a shopping mall closed, Nov. 10. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images
Volunteer medics help a resident who was pepper-sprayed by police, Nov. 10. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images
A vigil in Hong Kong in memory of university student Alex Chow, 22, who succumbed to head injuries sustained during a fall as police skirmished with demonstrators last weekend, Nov. 10. Photo: Dale de la Rey/AFP via Getty Images

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Hong Kong protests show no signs of slowing as movement enters 6th month

Pro-democracy protesters march in Hong Kong. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on Sunday for some of the largest anti-government demonstrations in weeks, timed to coincide with international Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The marches, which continue to be aimed at pressuring Chief Executive Carrie Lam into accepting democratic election reforms and an amnesty for arrested protesters, mark the sixth month of pro-democracy demonstrations. The notably peaceful protest was organized by Civil Human Rights Front, the first time the group has received police authorization to hold a march since August.

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Thousands march in Hong Kong after landslide election victories

A police officer stands guard as pro-democracy protesters march, Dec. 1. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Thousands of people in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday in a show of thanks to Congress and President Trump for passing and signing a law supporting their cause last week. Riot police responded with canisters of tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators threw bricks and smoke bombs, AP reports.

The big picture: The marches ended a brief lull in demonstrations after the region held elections for its district council, which saw pro-democracy candidates win a landslide victory. Some protesters said the marches were necessary to pressure city leader Carrie Lam to make concessions, as she has only accepted one of their five demands thus far — the withdrawal of the extradition bill that set off the months-long crisis.

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In photos: Catastrophic wildfires rage across Australia

Smoke shrouds the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia's most populous city on Thursday. Photo: Cassie Trotter/Getty Images

Smoke from Australia's deadly wildfires blanketed the state capitals of Sydney and Adelaide as air quality exceeded "hazardous" levels on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: Thousands of people have fled the fires. Per, much of the country is on high fire alert, as blazes rage across all six of Australia's states. Six people have died in the bushfires in the eastern states of Queensland and New South Wales.

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