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Man killed in Hong Kong protests

A man has died in Hong Kong after being hit on the head during clashes between government supporters and protesters.
The government said the 70-year-old cleaner was on a lunch break on Wednesday when he was struck by “hard objects hurled by masked rioters”.
Meanwhile, China’s president Xi Jinping has said Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” system was being “challenged”.
And in London, Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng was hurt, Hong Kong said, after being jostled by protesters.
China strongly condemned the incident and called for a thorough investigation.

What happened to the man?
The 70-year-old was hit in the head during a protest in the Hong Kong border town of Sheung Shui.
Video purported to be of the incident shows two groups throwing bricks at each other before the man falls to the ground after being struck on the head.
A police superintendent told news outlet SCMP that the cleaner was not involved, and was “only taking pictures at the scene”. He died in hospital on Thursday.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said the man was an outsourced worker of theirs who had been on his lunch break.
The FEHD also condemned the protesters, calling them “extremely dangerous”.
“[They] conducted violent acts in various districts three days in a row, where they wantonly assaulted other members of the public,” the statement added. “The acts are outrageous.”
Hong Kong has seen an escalation in violence this week, with intense street battles, violent clashes at universities, and flashmob lunchtime protests.
On Monday, a police officer shot an activist in the torso with a live bullet, and a man was set on fire while arguing with anti-government protesters.
A week ago, Alex Chow, a 22-year-old student, died after falling from a building during a police operation.

What happened to Teresa Cheng?
Ms Cheng was in London to promote Hong Kong as a dispute resolution and deal-making hub.
Video showed her walking towards a lecture at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators when she was surrounded by a group of protesters.
Some held signs and shouted “murderer” and in the melee, Ms Cheng fell to the ground.
She regained her feet and was escorted away with no visible signs of injury but, in a statement, the Hong Kong government said she suffered “serious bodily harm”.
“The secretary immediately made a report to the London police and requested the police to take the case seriously and put the culprits to justice,” the statement added.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam also condemned the protesters, saying “the savage act breached the bottom line of any civilised society”.

What did President Xi say?
President Xi, who was speaking at a summit of BRICS countries in the Brazilian capital Brasilia, issued a strong warning to protesters in Hong Kong.
He said that “radical violent activities” in the city had “seriously challenged the [principle of] ‘one country, two systems'”.
According to state media outlet the Global Times, Mr Xi said the “most pressing task for Hong Kong is to end violence and chaos and restore order”.
He also threw his “firm support” towards the Hong Kong police force..
Why are there protests in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong – a British colony until 1997 – is part of China under a model known as “one country, two systems”.
Under this model, Hong Kong has a high degree of autonomy and people have freedoms unseen in mainland China.
The protests started in June after the government planned to pass a bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China.
Many feared this bill would undermine the city’s freedoms and judicial independence.
The bill was eventually withdrawn but the protests continued, having evolved into a broader revolt against the police, and the way Hong Kong is administered by Beijing.
Protests have taken place every weekend over the past few months, causing widespread disruption.

-BBC

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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