– CLEVELAND:July.27: Cleveland police have used pepper spray against activists attending the national convention of the Movement for Black Lives. Scuffles and arrests were reported after the weekend conference wrapped-up and people poured onto the streets
Hundreds of activists from across the nation gathered at Cleveland State University this weekend for the first national conference to discuss escalating tensions between US police and black communities.
Following the closing session on Sunday, as most of the attendees left, dozens of people remained in the streets. Police, apparently concerned by the crowd potentially blocking traffic, moved in to disperse the gathering.
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#AceNewsServices – HONG KONG – Dec.01 -The police action began at about 8am local time (midnight GMT) when officers took a flyover above the protest encampment, removed a line of hanging pro-democracy banners, and cheered loudly to celebrate their advance The Guardian reported.
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Protesters below hurled insults and held up their middle fingers.
An hour and a half later, the scene had calmed somewhat, although about 500 protesters remained at the site, some hurling insults at lines of police in full riot gear.
Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to prevent hundreds of protesters from encircling the government headquarters, as China’s special administrative region continues to be gripped by demonstrations which began two months ago.
Demonstrators chanting “Surround government headquarters” and “Open the road,” as well as “I want true democracy,” made their way into the city’s government neighboUrhood of Admiralty, where scuffles with police occurred.
Protesters with wooden shields and metal barricades charged police as officers warned them to retreat.
Many in the crowd carried umbrellas, which have become a symbol of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy push, due to providing protection from pepper spray. Others had surgical masks, hard hats, goggles, and construction-style eye protectors.
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When protesters failed to obey the order to leave, police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. At least five protesters were detained by security forces in the clashes, AP reports.
The demonstrators blocked traffic on a main road, but failed to surround the office of chief executive Leung Chun-Ying, as they were eventually stopped by police barricades. However, the protesters said they will continue to occupy the road leading to the government headquarters until Monday, to prevent Leung and other Hong Kong officials from getting to work.
Demonstrators hold umbrellas, a symbol of the pro-democracy protests, amid a clash with police during the protest near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on November 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Philippe Lopez)
“I urge everyone to stay here until the morning to keep surrounding the government headquarters. Let’s stop the government from functioning tomorrow,” a protester shouted into a megaphone, according to Reuters.
The demonstrators began storming the government district after student groups – which have been the driving force of the disobedience – urged their supporters to intensify their actions.
“Surround the government headquarters,” Nathan Law, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, told the crowd. “Participate if you have the equipment, if you can take the risk. We do not encourage you to attack police officers.”
The protesters are demanding a free election of Hong Kong’s leadership in 2017 instead of a vote between pre-screened candidates, which Beijing has said it will allow.
A man poses for a photograph under a yellow umbrella, a symbol of the pro-democracy protests, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on November 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Philippe Lopez)
The events in Admiralty follow four nights of clashes in the city’s working class district of Mong Kok, after police cleared a protest site in the area on Wednesday.
Law enforcement officers arrested 28 people during the unrest in Mong Kok on Friday and Saturday night.
The Hong Kong rallies, which began in late September, drew more than 100,000 people to the streets at their peak.
However, Beijing’s unwillingness to meet the demands of the demonstrators saw support for the movement dwindle.
At present, only several hundred are continuing to protest in the former British colony.
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I saw this video today on YouTube and just had to provide a post, about the discipline applied in certain schools in the US and before you watch ,it is very graphic and may upset certain people!
The fact that “Special Needs Children” are being locked up for hours on end to be able to teach them a lesson, defies all morality!
Something Sickening Is Happening To Some Of Our Schoolchildren.
I have a ginormous soapbox I wanna get up on right now. Watch this and then do some of your own research. What you’ll find will probably be appalling.
At 5:06, the kids themselves describe their own experiences. That should be all you need to hear to understand something is seriously wrong here.
WARNING: This video includes disturbing scenes involving children.