Hong Kong protests flare up ahead of key meeting

Protests in Hong Kong flared up again over the weekend ahead of a key meeting between leader Carrie Lam and her political masters in Beijing. Small groups of demonstrators on Sunday (December 15) targeted malls crowded with holiday shoppers. Battalions of riot police responded with pepper spray and aggressive crowd control, making multiple arrests. The anti-government movement had simmered down following district-level elections. The polls were a pro-democracy victory, with pro-establishment candidates losing out in large numbers. But for many protesters, it’s not enough. They’re determined to keep up their demands for greater freedoms. In a different part of the city, a different kind of demonstration. Songs and flowers to remember a protester who fell to his death six months ago after holding up a banner.

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