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Will there be dialogue after weekend of peaceful rallies?

HONG KONG (SE): After nearly two million people flooding the streets of Hong Kong in peaceful protest yet again, the territory’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, emerged on the morning of August 20 to tell the press that she is willing to create a platform for dialogue but was not inclined to start an independent inquiry into police actions during a political crisis now entering its 12th week.
 

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Mighty show of peace at rain drenched rally

HONG KONG (SE): Over 500 people joined a prayer service, organised by the Justice and Peace Commission and the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students, at the music kiosk of Victoria Park on August 18 at 2.00pm before a peaceful rally against the now-suspended extradition bill and police brutality against protesters. 
 

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A dead bill and a broken city

UNREST OVER THE controversial extradition bill have entered the third month. Over a month ago, protesters set five demands before the Hong Kong SAR government. However, protesters lament that there has been “no response” to any of the five demands and so the fight must go on. The truth is that the government did respond, although not to the extent desired. Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, declared, “The bill is dead.” 
 








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Protest makes airport a no-fly zone

HONG KONG (SE): Anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong reached a new peak as what should have been only a three-day sit-in protest at the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport, ending on August 11, grew to a point where the Airport Authority was forced to shut down operations on the afternoons of August 12 and 13 bringing one of the busiest airports in the world to a standstill. 
 

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Church runs workshops on emotional well being

HONG KONG (SE): There were 231 attendees at a workshop designed to help people deal with their feelings and conflicts with family or friends due to differing views about the extradition bill and related issues. It was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on August 4. 
 

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Calls for cooling off period at candlelight rally

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,200 people marched from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, to the Court of Final Appeal, Central, on August 8 in a candlelight rally to pray for justice and peace in society amid the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 

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Church of Christ in China condemns police violence

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China issued a statement on August 12 condemning the excessive force used by the police in their operations to disperse and arrest protesters on August 11, which it believes shows a lack of concern for public safety.
 

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Parishes places of refuge amid Hong Kong’s protest storm

HONG KONG (SE): A number of Hong Kong’s parishes have been opening their doors during the series of protests against the government’s now-suspended extradition bill, giving people a place to pray and rest. Parish priests pointed out that it is incumbent on parishes to offer help when there is an emergency and that it is not a political gesture.
 

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Hong Kong’s young Catholics fight for their future

Hong Kong (UCAN): Young Catholics are making their presence felt in Hong Kong’s rolling tide of protests demanding the permanent withdrawal of the government’s badly handled Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill which puts forward changes would allow extraditions to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no extradition agreements including mainland China.
 

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Hong Kong a sacrificial victim

CLAUDE LEVI STRAUSS, who studied the ancient anthropological underpinnings of modern behaviour, has cited the examples of ancient tribes who used to exchange women in order to stop a war between two tribes as a token of settlement. The one who receives booty treats the woman as they please.