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China station next target for Hong Kong protesters

first_imgHong Kong: Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong plan to rally later Sunday outside a controversial station where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland as they try to keep up pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders. The rally is the first major protest planned since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of parliament by largely young, masked protesters — a move which plunged the international financial hub further into crisis. Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge peaceful protests as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police, sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe bill has since been postponed in response to the intense backlash but that has done little to quell public anger, which has evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous city. Protesters are demanding the bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangBeijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes. Sunday’s rally — first mooted on encrypted messaging apps and online forums — is being billed as an opportunity to explain to Chinese mainlanders in the city what the protest movement is about. It is the first to take place in Kowloon, across the harbour from the main island, and will begin at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, which is popular with mainland Chinese tourists. Inside the Chinese mainland, where news and information is heavily censored, the Hong Kong protests have been portrayed as a primarily violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland. “I hope this march can tell mainland people what we are fighting for and plant a seed that opposes the tyranny,” one user wrote on the Reddit-like LIHKG forum, which has been a key online gathering place for demonstrators. Sunday’s rally is not being organised by the same protest group behind three massive peaceful marches, making it difficult to predict the expected crowd size. Agencieslast_img read more

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Stojko part of skating club celebration

Elvis Stojko, a three-time world champion, two-time Olympic silver medalist, and seven-time Canadian champion, is coming to Norfolk County.His visit is part of the Waterford Tricenturena Skating Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration April 6 at Talbot Gardens in Simcoe.Stojko, who hails from Newmarket, looks forward to getting back to the grassroots of skating.“I enjoy doing the shows, I love connecting with the kids and the locals,” Stojko said in a telephone interview on Friday. “I’m excited to be coming out and skating, it’ll be fun.”The popular figure skater said his favourite part of community events is being able to perform and connect with the audience because it makes all of the hard work worth it to hear the crowd cheering.Stojko and his wife, figure skater Gladys Orozco, attend such events multiple times throughout the spring season. He said they have attended quite a few 50th anniversary celebrations for skating clubs this year.“It’s nice to get out connecting with the local clubs, and inspiring the kids,” said Stojko. “The kids inspire us too, really. We can see the enthusiasm they have for skating and that adds more joy to it all so it’s great.”The Olympian had a word of advice for Norfolk County children that want to get into figure skating.“If you love skating, go do it. Be a part of it. Engross yourself in it. It’s not the size of the town that you come from, but the size of the heart you have and the love you have for your sport that matters.”According to the skating club’s website, the Golden Memories 50th Anniversary Carnival will be a “walk down memory lane and skate into the future.”Tickets for the event are available online at ticketscene.ca. read more

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