Chinese go online to hit back at protesters

Huge crowds rally peacefully in Hong Kong

Twitter and Facebook suspended nearly 1,000 accounts that were tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign that targeted pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has been roiled by protests for more than two months and on Sunday hundreds of thousands of democracy activists had marched peacefully in the city despite rising unrest and stark warnings from Beijing.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration that Pence referred to was an agreement on the terms of Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

"Both sides have young people who are very tech savvy, very connected, and they have friends all over the wold", Tiberghien said.

The protests, which have presented one of the biggest challenges for Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012, began in June as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts.

However, he concedes the protesters have also achieved a victory of sorts by forcing the withdrawal of the so-called extradition bill.

"Interestingly, that they can not do this protest in China, and we are here to show them how free we are", he said.

"Not only can we not go to Hong Kong; no online comments can be made on any platform that could have a negative impact", Lai said.

Amid the threats, more and more Hong Kong people are speaking out against violence.

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Weeks of rallies, demonstrations, and occupations have plunged Hong Kong into crisis - which Beijing is now framing as an opportunity for Shenzhen's development.

"These days, from fanquan girls to Di Bar, netizens to overseas students, all the forces which love Hong Kong and China have united to support and safeguard the city", it said.

On Wednesday, demonstrators clashed with cops who fired tear gas at the crowd outside a police station in the residential Sham Shui Po neighborhood, where a vigil was taking place.

In a blog post, the company said the "coordinated state-backed campaign" was meant to "sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground". Trump said on Twitter.

China has increasingly adopted a tougher tone about the protests, calling the demonstrators "terrorists". But Hong Kong's police are under intense pressure, stretched by repeated flash-mob protests.

Upwardly mobile entrepreneurs, salespeople and managers say they are attracted by a better quality of life in the democratically run Taiwan - including cheaper property prices, business opportunities and a safer living environment.

The American president cautioned that any violent effort by China to quell the unprecedented protests would damage trade negotiations.

"We have duty to come out and make our voice heard, we believe they are only telling one part of the story", Feng told the Star Vancouver. "I think it would be very good for the trade deal that we're talking about". "The pro-Beijing Chief Executive and the Hong Kong police forces must immediately cease the aggression and abuse being perpetrated against their own people".

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