Hong Kong legislator calls for probe as police justify firing live rounds Sep 17, 2019 0 1132 12345 dpaHong KongHong Kong city council member Tanya Chan called for an independent investigation into police brutality in the crackdown on the territory’s ongoing anti-government protests. Hong Kong “is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis” as police abuse escalates, Chan said at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.Listing police offences against protestors, Chan detailed sexual misconduct, excessive use of force, indiscriminate arrests, and the firing of over 2,000 canisters of tear gas in the last 100 days.While the anti-government protest movement, which began in June, was initially directed at a legislative bill that would have allowed residents to be extradited to mainland China, that bill has since been withdrawn. But protests continue, with an independent investigation into police violence during the demonstrations at the forefront of protestors’ demands.Police and activists continue to provide conflicting accounts of the escalating clashes. While protesters accuse police of excessive force, police have repeatedly stressed the seriousness of the tactics used by protestors. Monday morning, Hong Kong’s largest police group issued a statement justifying officers’ use of live ammunition in response to protestors employing Molotov cocktails. The statement came after a largely peaceful albeit illegal march on Hong Kong Island abruptly ended on Sunday when clashes broke out between protesters, Beijing supporters and police. RELATED ARTICLES US hints at military response to Saudi oil attacks; Iran hits back Sep 17, 2019 0 365 Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit Sep 17, 2019 0 279 South Africa extends army’s Cape Town crime crackdown Sep 17, 2019 0 515 Houthis threaten new attacks on Saudi oil sites Sanaa: Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for devastating weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, threatened Monday to carry out more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away. “We assure .. Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel Reuters DUBAI Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 litres of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran’s semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported on .. Israeli activist admits to EU embassy vandalism Tel Aviv: A well-known right-wing activist said she has been given a two-week restraining order after she vandalised the office of the EU’s embassy in Israel with red graffiti on Sunday night. Sheffi Paz, who is a vocal .. East Libya forces carry out air strike on central city and widening front Reuters BENGHAZI Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted an air strike on the central city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official and residents said, widening a conflict engulfing the .. N Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in letter SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited US President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearisation talks, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic ..