Hong Kong Braces for Violence, Two Venezuelan Delegations

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Hong Kong Police Brace for Violence

Tuesday is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, and Hong Kong Police are suspecting and bracing for violent attacks following a weekend in which the police had to fire tear gas and water cannons at protesters.
These measures were in retaliation of the protesters setting fires and throwing gas bombs. Police have admitted to arresting 157 people which included 67 students.
Reports say the weekend protests resulted in almost 100 gas bombs were thrown and eight police officers were injured. Chinese authorities are trying to stop the residents of Hong Kong from doing anything that might “embarrass the central government in Beijing.”
The police will close a multitude of major roads near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, the location of the flag-raising ceremony. Monday was the scene of a massive clean-up due to graffiti on shops and buildings and the government buildings sported broken windows. There were also portions of pavement that had been uprooted by the protesters.
Two people that were arrested without immediate police confirmation were:
Gregory Wong and Ventus Lau -two notable advocates for democracy.
Lam was summoned back to Beijing, some speculate it is because of the weekend’s violence. The government will be sending Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung in her stead for the anniversary ceremony.
The protesters from the weekend have the following demands:

  1. Fully withdraw the extradition bill
  2. Set up an independent inquiry to probe police brutality
  3. Withdraw the characterization of protest as “riots”
  4. Release those arrested at protests
  5. Implement universal suffrage in Hong Kong


The Six-Year-Old Arrests Weren’t the Only Ones

Last week I reported that a six-year-old and an eight-year-old were arrested for battery. They were both six. I am issuing that correction; however, these are not the only incidents of child arrests. The arresting resource officer has since been terminated.

If you would like more on that story, here is a link to Liberty Doll’s video on it.

The FBI reports that during the years of 2013-2017 approximately 26,966 children under ten years of age were arrested. When you look at the 10-12-year-old bracket, that number increases to 228,017 in the same time frame. Around the world, arresting ages vary, with England and Wales saying the arresting age is 10 and Scotland setting it at 8. 
There are 34 states which have no minimum age for arrest or delinquency, while the remaining states have a set age of 10. 
When we look at minimum ages for transfers from juvenile to adult, only 24 states have no minimum age, according to the DoJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The good news is the juvenile arrest rate has been on a downward trend since the mid-1990s with the under 12 age group being a mere fraction of those. Many experts say it’s still too many. 


The UN, Venezuela, and the Two Delegations

The United Nations received diplomats from almost every country for the General Assembly with one problem. Venezuela had two delegations, not one. 
The reason for this is the ongoing struggle to place Juan Guaido as president. Over 50 countries recognize Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.
However, Nicolas Maduro refuses to step down and let Guaido take his place. Maduro’s government is recognized and backed by Russia and China. This alone allows Maduro’s regime to retain the UN seat and the official delegation, which was lead by Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. 
This did not stop Guiado’s team from sending their own diplomatic envoy, Foreign Affairs Chief Julio Borges. 
Meetings with Guiado’s delegation were ruled out by UN Chief Antonio Guterres, even though he stressed the world has a dialogue with both sides. 
Guaido’s team is seeking more pressure against Maduro which includes targeted sanctions.


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