Hong Kong protesters vow to hit the streets in major illegal march

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On Friday night, thousands of protesters formed human chains outside multiple subway stations to protest against city leaders using a colonial-era emergency law to ban face masks at protests.

The peaceful event comes ahead of a mass rally organizers are planning Sunday to press their demands.

It said the HKMap app "has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement".

Even after Lam withdrew the extradition proposals, Hong Kong residents have continued to fill the streets each weekend for five months, frequently devolving into vandalism and violent confrontations with police. Police have arrested more than 2,300 people since June, many of them teenagers as young as 12.

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She said she hoped this week's talks would focus on ways to ease trade tensions and begin the groundwork to update the rules of world trade.

Civil Human Rights Front convener Figo Chan said he would lead a march on Sunday along the route originally planned and would be joined by other prominent pro-democracy activists including Leung Kwok-hung, Albert Ho and Cyd Ho, RTHK reported. Chinese companies and broadcasters suspended ties with the National Basketball Association after the Houston Rockets General Manager tweeted support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Lam again rejected calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality, the latest coming from Rocky Tuan, the vice-chancellor of Chinese University.

Seven United States lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing "strong concern" about the censorship of apps in China - particularly the company's decision Hong Kong protesters have used to track police activity.

The crisis in the Chinese-ruled city is the worst since the handover and is a major challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he took power.

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The comments by Chan, who is wanted in Taiwan for allegedly strangling his pregnant girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing (潘曉穎), and dumping her body on the outskirts of Taipei, were reported by Hong Kong's Sing Tao Daily yesterday.

Chan, who is now serving a prison sentence for money laundering in a Hong Kong jail, "requested the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to assist him in making the relevant arrangement", according to the statement. Lam says the Bill is now dead, but it has not been formally withdrawn.

Hong Kong hub is facing its first recession as a result of the unrest, which has damaged tourism and retail.

Meanwhile, Blizzard had earlier banned Hearthstone pro Ng Wai "Blitzchung" Chung for saying "liberate Hong Kong - revolution of our age" during a post-match interview.

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