Op-Ed: New York’s bail reform disaster is about to become a major election issue

That issue is the controversial bail reform law pushed through the New York State legislature by Governor Andrew Cuomo late last year. That’s even true for New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was most responsible for the bail reform bill passing last year. That’s a dramatic about-face for a party that celebrated the bail reform law it passed just 10 months ago as a paragon of economic and racial equality. The good news for the Democratic presidential candidates is that none of them ca


That issue is the controversial bail reform law pushed through the New York State legislature by Governor Andrew Cuomo late last year.
That’s even true for New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was most responsible for the bail reform bill passing last year.
That’s a dramatic about-face for a party that celebrated the bail reform law it passed just 10 months ago as a paragon of economic and racial equality.
The good news for the Democratic presidential candidates is that none of them ca
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Op-Ed: New York's bail reform disaster is about to become a major election issue

Now the story has become national news , and it’s a perfect example of the kind of easy-to-understand and emotionally charged issue that can become a major factor in a national election.

Making matters worse, some of the repeat offenders have been arrested for committing acts of anti-semitic assault and harassment just as New York is seeing a disturbing spike in those crimes.

In what’s becoming an almost hourly stream of depressing updates, New York’s newspapers, local TV news shows, and news sites are posting story after story about violent crimes being committed by people instantly released after arrests because of bail reform.

Less than three weeks after the law went into effect, it sure looks like the naysayers were right.

But critics of the law have been warning for months that eliminating bail was sure to put too many criminals with violent tendencies back on streets, even if they weren’t currently under arrest for very violent crimes.

That issue is the controversial bail reform law pushed through the New York State legislature by Governor Andrew Cuomo late last year. The law eliminates cash bail on the argument that cash bail discriminates against poorer defendants.

A story that’s beginning to boil over in New York is about to become a major issue in the 2020 election.

Crime stories also have a rare ability to energize otherwise non-politically active Americans. Ask anyone who lived through the urban crime waves of the late 1960s through the 1980s to confirm that.

In case you need to be convinced how big a political issue this could become, remember that violent crime stories are visceral in many ways. They often involve life and death, and can be easily painted in terms of “good guys” and “bad guys” with very little gray areas in between.

Crime stories also have a rare ability to energize otherwise non-politically active Americans. Ask anyone who lived through the urban crime waves of the late 1960s through the 1980s to confirm that.

If all of this sounds like something tailor-made for President Trump to take advantage of, you’re right. While he hasn’t commented on any of the crimes committed by any of the released offenders this year, he did preview the situation in a tweet last November:

Remember that Trump has already made a wedge issue out of sanctuary city policies and crimes committed by illegal immigrants. His decision to pinpoint those issues as a candidate helped him win over Republican voters in the 2016 primaries. But Trump could find even more bipartisan support by highlighting these no bail-related crime stories, which are already affecting Democratic elected leaders and their voters.

That’s even true for New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was most responsible for the bail reform bill passing last year. He stated earlier this week that he thinks some changes should be made to the law. But he didn’t say how or when. On the much more urgent side of that fence are six Democratic state senators from suburban Long Island, who now say they’ve made changing the bail reform laws their top legislative priority for the upcoming session. That’s a dramatic about-face for a party that celebrated the bail reform law it passed just 10 months ago as a paragon of economic and racial equality.

It would be a wise move for the Democratic Party’s national leaders to take a cue from those Long Island state senators. We’re just a Trump tweet away from New York’s bail problem from becoming something the entire party and its remaining presidential candidates will have to bear.

The good news for the Democratic presidential candidates is that none of them can be personally connected to the bail reform law the way the George H.W. Bush campaign successfully saddled then-Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis with prison furlough programs in the infamous Willie Horton ad. But the danger to the party as a whole is real. This is an issue that’s resonating in the suburbs, where polls show Trump’s support has been weakening.

The even better news is that some Democrats running could take almost as much advantage of this issue as Trump. That is, if they want to stand out from the still-crowded primary field. If Joe Biden resumes his push to present himself as the more moderate candidate, these crimes in New York would be a perfect trend for him to decry publicly. Strongly criticizing the no bail law would also be a perfect stance for Mike Bloomberg to take based on his strong anti-crime track record as New York City’s former mayor.

Of course it won’t be that easy. The Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail have so far mirrored the overall leftward shift of the party. That includes Bloomberg, who previewed his official entry into the presidential race by apologizing for the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy that left wing groups strongly opposed during his time in office.

In the American election game, it comes down to which candidate is the most persuasive. Right now, this bail issue is a perfect “jump ball” opportunity for any of the remaining presidential candidates to prove just how persuasive they can be. It’s likely that Trump and at least one of the Democrats running will grab hold of this issue. The only question is who will do it first.

Jake Novak is a political and economic analyst at Jake Novak News and former CNBC TV producer. You can follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.


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5 charts show how protests in Hong Kong have affected the city’s economy and stock market

Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Widespread protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than six months — with little signs of abating anytime soon. Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a global financial and business center that connects China and the world. Protests in the city were initially sparked by proposed changes to a law that would have allowed


Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
Widespread protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than six months — with little signs of abating anytime soon.
Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a global financial and business center that connects China and the world.
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5 charts show how protests in Hong Kong have affected the city's economy and stock market

Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

Widespread protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than six months — with little signs of abating anytime soon.

Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a global financial and business center that connects China and the world.

Protests in the city were initially sparked by proposed changes to a law that would have allowed extradition to mainland China. They later morphed into broader anti-government demonstrations that include demands such as greater democracy and universal suffrage, and at times involved violent clashes between protesters and the police.

Here are five charts to show how the protests have affected Hong Kong’s economy and stock market.


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Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Widespread protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than six months — with little signs of abating anytime soon. Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a global financial and business center that connects China and the world. Protests in the city were initially sparked by proposed changes to a law that would have allowed


Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
Widespread protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than six months — with little signs of abating anytime soon.
Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a global financial and business center that connects China and the world.
Protests in the city were initially sparked by proposed changes to a law that would have allowed
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5 charts show how protests in Hong Kong have affected the city's economy and stock market

Protesters occupy the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on August 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

Widespread protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than six months — with little signs of abating anytime soon.

Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a global financial and business center that connects China and the world.

Protests in the city were initially sparked by proposed changes to a law that would have allowed extradition to mainland China. They later morphed into broader anti-government demonstrations that include demands such as greater democracy and universal suffrage, and at times involved violent clashes between protesters and the police.

Here are five charts to show how the protests have affected Hong Kong’s economy and stock market.


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Why we’re still arguing about violent video games

Why we’re still arguing about violent video gamesToday, 65% of American adults and nearly all teenagers play video games. Games look more real than ever, showing incredibly detailed violence. What do we actually know about how violent games affect us? Psychologists have been studying this for decades, but some are convinced that those who link violent games to aggression are completely wrong. Watch the video to find out why researchers disagree so strongly, and how we got here.


Why we’re still arguing about violent video gamesToday, 65% of American adults and nearly all teenagers play video games.
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Why we’re still arguing about violent video games

Today, 65% of American adults and nearly all teenagers play video games. In 2018, the industry made more than $136 billion. Games look more real than ever, showing incredibly detailed violence. What do we actually know about how violent games affect us? Psychologists have been studying this for decades, but some are convinced that those who link violent games to aggression are completely wrong. Watch the video to find out why researchers disagree so strongly, and how we got here.


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Psychologists see violent video games differently than the rest of us

Today, 65% of American adults and nearly all teenagers play video games. Since their early days, video games have come with an implicit assumption that they’re probably doing something bad to us. More than three-quarters of parents believe media violence, including video games, is contributing to America’s culture of violence. The Independent Record | January 6, 1982But what do we actually know about how violent games affect us? Violent games like “Call of Duty,” “Counter-Strike” and “PlayerUnkn


Today, 65% of American adults and nearly all teenagers play video games.
Since their early days, video games have come with an implicit assumption that they’re probably doing something bad to us.
More than three-quarters of parents believe media violence, including video games, is contributing to America’s culture of violence.
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Psychologists see violent video games differently than the rest of us

Today, 65% of American adults and nearly all teenagers play video games. They look more real than ever and often show detailed violence. Since their early days, video games have come with an implicit assumption that they’re probably doing something bad to us. More than three-quarters of parents believe media violence, including video games, is contributing to America’s culture of violence.

The Independent Record | January 6, 1982

But what do we actually know about how violent games affect us? While psychologists have been studying this issue for decades, and most have concluded there’s a connection between violence in games and aggression, the current research community includes a small but vocal group convinced otherwise. The stakes of the debate are high. The video game industry globally is expected to pull in $152.1 billion in 2019, with the market growing 9% a year to $196 billion by 2022, according to Newzoo. Research firm Pelham Smithers Associates shows that the market exploded from $25 billion in 1976 to $136 billion in 2018. Violence in games is not a new phenomenon. In 1976, game company Exity released a title called “Death Race.” To play, you put your hands on an actual steering wheel, your foot on a pedal, and you drive around, murdering anything in your way. You hear the screams of your victims and their gravestones litter the screen.

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That was four years before the release of Pac-Man. Its graphics are primitive and barely recognizable. Nonetheless, the game resulted in what was perhaps the first widespread panic about violence in video games. The almost true-to-life quality of today’s games has dramatically heightened those concerns. Violent games like “Call of Duty,” “Counter-Strike” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG) are hugely successful. Epic Games, the publishers of Fortnite, made a reported $3 billion in profit in 2018. Psychologists and the broader public may be talking about the issue in very different ways, but the concern is widespread among politicians, parents and the media.

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Ilhan Omar’s opponent banned from Twitter after suggesting congresswoman should be hanged

Twitter permanently banned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican opponent on Friday after she accused the Minnesota congresswoman of treason and wrote on the platform that Omar should be hanged. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed on Saturday that Stella had been permanently banned from the platform but did not specify why. To clarify, I said, ‘If it is proven ____ passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,’ Stella wrote on Facebook, leaving a blank space where Om


Twitter permanently banned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican opponent on Friday after she accused the Minnesota congresswoman of treason and wrote on the platform that Omar should be hanged.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed on Saturday that Stella had been permanently banned from the platform but did not specify why.
To clarify, I said, ‘If it is proven ____ passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,’ Stella wrote on Facebook, leaving a blank space where Om
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Ilhan Omar's opponent banned from Twitter after suggesting congresswoman should be hanged

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) holds a news conference to discuss legislation creating “a federal grant program to help local governments invest in waste reduction initiatives,” at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 25, 2019.

Twitter permanently banned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican opponent on Friday after she accused the Minnesota congresswoman of treason and wrote on the platform that Omar should be hanged.

Danielle Stella, a candidate hoping to challenge Omar for her Minnesota seat in the 2020 election, tweeted earlier this week, “If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged.”

The post that followed included a crude drawing of a body hanging from gallows with a link to a right-wing website on her belief that Omar should be hanged if a conspiracy that Omar provided sensitive intelligence to Qatar and Iran were true.

NBC News has found no evidence that support this claim, but Stella is also a known purveyor of the far-right fringe QAnon conspiracy theory.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed on Saturday that Stella had been permanently banned from the platform but did not specify why.

“The accounts were permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules,” the spokesperson said over email, referring to the candidate’s campaign and personal accounts.

After receiving considerable backlash for the posts, Stella defended herself on Facebook. She claimed that she had not threatened Omar.

“Breathe, think this through, logically. To clarify, I said, ‘If it is proven ____ passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,’ Stella wrote on Facebook, leaving a blank space where Omar’s Twitter handle had been. “Treason is the only thing mentioned in the constitution for the death penalty, punishable by hanging or firing squad. I believe all involved should be thoroughly investigated. I did not threaten anyone.”

Stella did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

Omar responded to Stella’s comments on Twitter, stating that the Republican candidate’s latest statements only expands on dangerous political rhetoric that can lead to threats and harm.

“This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dogwhistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets,” Omar wrote on Twitter. “Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”

Omar has received a number of death threats since winning her seat in the 2018 midterms. President Donald Trump has often taken abusive swipes at the congresswoman on Twitter, which has caused Democrats to accuse him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker.

A New York man pleaded guilty on Nov. 18 to threatening to kill Omar in a March call to her office. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.


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A major tunnel in Hong Kong has reopened, ending one of the more violent chapters in the protests

Cloud of smoke from an explosion on the footbridge on the drive way in front of Hong Kong Coliseum and Hong Kong harbour during the protests. A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened on Wednesday as a week-long police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city’s anti-government protests. “Let me just stress that after these five-six months, Hong Kong people have realized very clearly that Hong Kong could no longer tolerate this chao


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A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened on Wednesday as a week-long police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city’s anti-government protests.
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A major tunnel in Hong Kong has reopened, ending one of the more violent chapters in the protests

Cloud of smoke from an explosion on the footbridge on the drive way in front of Hong Kong Coliseum and Hong Kong harbour during the protests.

A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened on Wednesday as a week-long police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city’s anti-government protests.

The Cross-Harbour Tunnel, which links Hong Kong Island to the rest of the city, had been closed for two weeks after protesters blocked the approach with debris and set the toll booths on fire as they fought clashes with police.

A search of the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus found just one woman, in weak condition, and a senior university official said it’s unlikely anyone else remains.

Attention meanwhile shifted to city leader Carrie Lam’s response to a major loss in local elections Sunday — a public rebuke of her tough line on the protests. Lam offered no concessions, saying only that she would accelerate dialogue and identify ways to address societal grievances.

She said the central government in Beijing did not blame her for the election setback, and that while it may have reflected unhappiness with the government’s handling of the unrest, it also showed that many people want an end to the violence.

“Let me just stress that after these five-six months, Hong Kong people have realized very clearly that Hong Kong could no longer tolerate this chaotic situation,” Lam told reporters after a weekly meeting with advisers. “Please help us to maintain the relative calm and peace that we have seen in the last week or so and provide a good basis for Hong Kong to move forward.”

Her refusal to compromise could spark more unrest at a time when the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has plunged into its first recession in a decade.

The pro-democracy bloc won control of 17 out of 18 district councils.

Lam said that when she withdrew an extradition bill in September that had sparked the protests, she also gave a detailed response to the protesters’ other demands, including free elections for the city’s leader and legislature and a probe into accusations of police brutality.

The government hopes to take advantage of the current lull in violence to accelerate public dialogue and set up an independent review committee to find solutions to deep-seated societal issues, she said.

“The next step to go forward is really, as you have put it, to engage the people. And we have started public dialogue with the community,” Lam said. “But unfortunately, with the unstable environment and a chaotic situation, I could not do more on that sort of engagement. I hope that the environment will allow me to do it now.”

Some pro-establishment figures have pointed fingers at Lam for their loss, while the pro-democracy camp has asked her to step down.

Protesters saw the extradition bill as an erosion of their rights promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997. The demonstrations have since expanded into a protest over what they see as Beijing’s growing interference in the city.

Some analysts said China’s ruling Communist Party isn’t likely to soften its stand on Hong Kong. Chinese media have muted reports on the poll outcome, focusing instead on how pro-Beijing candidates were harassed and the need to restore law and order.

Beijing is treading cautiously partly to avoid jeopardizing trade talks with the United States. It also faces pressure from planned U.S. legislation that could derail Hong Kong’s special trade status and sanction Hong Kong and China officials found to violate human rights.

China’s foreign ministry on Monday summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad for a second time to demand Washington block the bipartisan legislation on Hong Kong. Vice Minister Zheng Zeguang warned that the U.S. would “bear all the consequences that arise” if the bill is signed by President Donald Trump.

Trump has not committed to signing it and has 10 days from the time of its passage last week to veto it. If he does not do so, it automatically becomes law. Congress could also override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.

Trump told reporters Tuesday at the White House that is message to protesters is “We are with them.”

Trump cited his “very good relationship” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the U.S. was in the final stages of an important trade deal.

Derek Mitchell, a former U.S ambassador to Myanmar who heads the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, denied accusations that it had funded or supported the Hong Kong protesters. China has accused foreign forces and money of being a “black hand” behind the protests.

Mitchell, speaking in Hong Kong, said citizens had spoken “loudly and clearly” in the local election and that the government must respond to prevent the protests from sliding into an abyss.

“The ball is in the court of the government here and authorities in Beijing,” he said.


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Hong Kong vote hits record amid calls for democracy

A candidate campaigns outside a shopping mall ahead of the Hong Kong District Council elections on November 23, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. A record number of Hong Kong people voted on Sunday in district elections viewed as a barometer of support for city leader Carrie Lam, who has been besieged by nearly six months of often violent anti-government protests. Government data showed 1,524,675 people had cast their vote by 1.30 p.m., with nine hours still left until polling stations closed. That surp


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Government data showed 1,524,675 people had cast their vote by 1.30 p.m., with nine hours still left until polling stations closed.
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Hong Kong vote hits record amid calls for democracy

A candidate campaigns outside a shopping mall ahead of the Hong Kong District Council elections on November 23, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

A record number of Hong Kong people voted on Sunday in district elections viewed as a barometer of support for city leader Carrie Lam, who has been besieged by nearly six months of often violent anti-government protests.

Government data showed 1,524,675 people had cast their vote by 1.30 p.m., with nine hours still left until polling stations closed. That surpassed the 1,467,229 voters in the last district elections four years ago.


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Chinese ambassador demands that the UK government stops condoning ‘extreme, violent offences’

The Chinese ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, has met with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to urge the U.K to “stop condoning extreme, violent offences,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London has told CNBC. This comes as the British government has lashed out at China over its alleged torture of a former worker at the U.K.’s Hong Kong consulate. In an email Wednesday afternoon, the Chinese Embassy spokesperson revealed that Ambassador Liu had met with Raab on Tuesday to expr


The Chinese ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, has met with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to urge the U.K to “stop condoning extreme, violent offences,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London has told CNBC.
This comes as the British government has lashed out at China over its alleged torture of a former worker at the U.K.’s Hong Kong consulate.
In an email Wednesday afternoon, the Chinese Embassy spokesperson revealed that Ambassador Liu had met with Raab on Tuesday to expr
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Chinese ambassador demands that the UK government stops condoning 'extreme, violent offences'

The Chinese ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, has met with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to urge the U.K to “stop condoning extreme, violent offences,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London has told CNBC.

This comes as the British government has lashed out at China over its alleged torture of a former worker at the U.K.’s Hong Kong consulate.

In an email Wednesday afternoon, the Chinese Embassy spokesperson revealed that Ambassador Liu had met with Raab on Tuesday to express “grave concern and strong opposition” to the British government’s “repeated wrong remarks regarding Hong Kong.”

“Ambassador Liu emphasised that the nature of the situation in Hong Kong has nothing to do with the so-called democracy or freedom claimed by some Western politicians and media,” the spokesperson said via email.

The statement also claimed protesters had “severely undermined the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, and challenged the principled bottom line of ‘One Country, Two Systems’.”


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Hong Kong and China condemn attack on justice secretary as protests paralyze city

Protesters build a wall to block a road at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong on November 14, 2019. A statement by the Hong Kong government said Cheng suffered “serious bodily harm” but gave no details. Protesters used barriers and other debris to block the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that links Hong Kong island to Kowloon district, leading to severe traffic congestion. Xi said in Brazil on Thursday stopping violence was the most urgent task for Hong Kong. Many in Hong Kong are angry at


Protesters build a wall to block a road at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong on November 14, 2019.
A statement by the Hong Kong government said Cheng suffered “serious bodily harm” but gave no details.
Protesters used barriers and other debris to block the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that links Hong Kong island to Kowloon district, leading to severe traffic congestion.
Xi said in Brazil on Thursday stopping violence was the most urgent task for Hong Kong.
Many in Hong Kong are angry at
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Hong Kong and China condemn attack on justice secretary as protests paralyze city

Protesters build a wall to block a road at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong on November 14, 2019. Dale de la Rey | AFP | Getty Images

The Chinese and Hong Kong governments condemned on Friday an attack by a “violent mob” on the city’s justice secretary in London, the first direct altercation between demonstrators and a government minister during months of often violent protests. Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, who was in London to promote Hong Kong as a dispute resolution and deal-making hub, was targeted by a group of protesters who shouted “murderer” and “shameful”. A statement by the Hong Kong government said Cheng suffered “serious bodily harm” but gave no details. The Chinese embassy in the UK said Cheng was pushed to the ground and sustained a hand injury. “(Cheng) was besieged and attacked by dozens of anti-China and pro-independence activists,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement. The incident showed that the “violent and lawless perpetrators” were now taking their violence abroad, it said. China has lodged a formal complaint with Britain and urged British authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam also strongly condemned the attack. The former British colony’s government said in a separate statement: “The secretary denounces all forms of violence and radicalism depriving others’ legitimate rights in the pretext of pursuing their political ideals, which would never be in the interest of Hong Kong and any civilized society.” The incident came amid escalating violence in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, where a student protester died earlier this month after falling from a parking lot during demonstrations.

A 70-year-old street cleaner, who videos on social media showed had been hit in the head by a brick thrown by “masked rioters”, died on Thursday, authorities said. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department expressed profound sadness on Friday at the death of its worker and said it was providing assistance to his family. Anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fifth day on Friday, forcing schools to close and blocking some highways as students built barricades in university campuses and authorities struggled to tame the violence. Protesters used barriers and other debris to block the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that links Hong Kong island to Kowloon district, leading to severe traffic congestion. The government once again urged employers to adopt flexible working arrangements amid the chaos. The protests escalated in June over a now-scrapped extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial. They have since evolved into calls for greater democracy, among other demands. Cheng, the embattled Lam’s chief legal adviser, played a key role in pushing forward the proposed extradition bill that ignited the protests. The months-long protests have plunged Hong Kong into its biggest political crisis in decades and pose the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi said in Brazil on Thursday stopping violence was the most urgent task for Hong Kong.

‘People heartbroken’

Flash mobs again protested at lunch time in the heart of the financial hub and also in the eastern district of Tai Koo, where office workers wearing now-banned face masks chanted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time”. “Things that happened in these few months have made people heartbroken,” said a 31-year-old office assistant who gave her name as Nicole. “The government only came out to condemn rioters … They have never thought why so many rioters have emerged in our city and why ordinary citizens support them,” she said.

Thousands of students remain hunkered down at several universities, surrounded by piles of food, bricks, petrol bombs, catapults and other homemade weapons. Police said the prestigious Chinese University had “become a manufacturing base for petrol bombs” and the students’ actions were “another step closer to terrorism”. Around 4,000 people, aged between 12 and 83, have been arrested since the unrest escalated in June. The demonstrations have paralyzed parts of the city and battered the retail and tourism sectors, with widespread disruptions across the financial center and no end in sight to the violence and vandalism. Video footage of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army garrison headquarters near Hong Kong’s Central business district on Friday showed more than a dozen troops conducting what appeared to be anti-riot drills against fake protesters carrying black umbrellas. The anti-government protests have taken a heavy toll and Hong Kong was expected to confirm on Friday it had fallen into recession for the first time in a decade amid concerns the economy could be in even worse shape than feared. Alibaba Group Chairman Daniel Zhang, however, said Hong Kong’s future is “bright” as the e-commerce giant kicked off a retail campaign for its secondary listing in the city. Many in Hong Kong are angry at what they see as China stifling freedoms guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” formula put in place when Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997.


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