By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Amnesty International called on Monday for the release of eight mainland Chinese activists who face long prison sentences for posting messages and pictures supporting Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy protests. Six of the activists, arrested on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power" after holding up banners with messages such as "Support Hong Kong's fight for freedom", face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. They have been charged with "inciting subversion of state power", "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and "gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place". Human Rights Watch also issued a statement last week demanding the Hong Kong government drop charges against Hong Kong activists, investigate its handling of the city's pro-democracy protests and restart the electoral reform process. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Liaison Office in Hong Kong did not respond to requests for comment. The Hong Kong police said the political stance of any person is not a consideration for arrest or prosecution. The Hong Kong Justice Department declined to comment on cases before the courts but said there is no justification for dropping criminal charges simply because people seek to express their political aspiration. The Independent Police Complaints Council has said previously it was reviewing complaints related to the protests. Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, during which activists blocked major roads in the city for 79 days to demand open nominations for the city's next chief executive election in 2017. While largely peaceful, the size and duration of the protests - and the fact that they took place in full view of international media, who filmed the activists using umbrellas to defend themselves against police tear gas, pepper spray and batons - raised a serious challenge to China's Communist Party, which has been tightening control over civil society. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping's administration has tightened government control over almost every aspect of civil society since 2012. It has adopted a sweeping new national security law, launched a months-long campaign in state media to discredit human rights activists for undermining national stability by using social media, and recently detained dozens of lawyers and activists. According to the Amnesty report, Chinese activist Sun Feng, who tried to travel to Beijing with his own proposal for Hong Kong electoral reform, and five others - Su Changlan, Chen Qitang, Wang Mo, Xie Wenfei and Zhang Shengyu - face up to 15 years in prison. Activist Ji Sizun faces up to 10 years in prison and Ye Xiaozheng faces up to five. Su said she was denied adequate medical treatment and Zhang said he was beaten and chained to a bed for 15 days, according to the report which cited the activists' lawyers. President Xi is due to return to China on Monday from a state visit to the United States. (Reporting by Clare Baldwin; Additional reporting by Stella Tsang; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Michael Perry)
- AZCentral | The Arizona Republic
TikToker Katie Sigmond recorded herself hitting a golf ball into Grand Canyon and her club flew in after it. Here are the crimes she was charged with.
Buckingham Palace staffer who resigned over racist comments once reportedly said Harry and Meghan's marriage would 'end in tears'
Lady Susan Hussey resigned after reportedly asking a Black charity founder "where they really came from" multiple times during a royal event.
The Today show weather anchor, 68, is back in the hospital and had been treated for blood clots in his leg and lungs
An elegant pair.
- The Oprah Magazine
Sharon Stone, 64, shared a topless bikini photo on Instagram, writing: “Gratefully Imperfect on a Perfect Day.” Fans adored the glowing, confident shot.
- Business Insider
As Ukrainian forces recaptured a key town, another elite Russian unit appears to have gone through 'the meat grinder'
Kyiv caught the world off-guard with its fast-paced counteroffensive this summer, including an elite Russian unit in a key city in eastern Ukraine.
Move over Stranger Things, there’s a new sheriff in town (not you, Jim Hopper). Tim Burton’s highly anticipated series Wednesday made its official debut on Netflix a few weeks back and it’s already breaking some massive records, and could even potentially surpass Stranger Things 4 in total hours viewed. Netflix Longtime Addams fans get to see the return of the smart and slightly terrifying Wednesday Addams (played by Jenna Ortega), who transfers to the magical institution known as Nevermore Acad
- The Guardian
Republican candidate’s reference to his out-of-state home opens him to same attacks that dogged Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania
"I laughed involuntarily. His comment was so absurd and insulting that I felt my brain separate from my body, like I wasn’t there."
- Fox News
Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen shut down Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's questions about President Biden's role in the 2016 firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.
Jesse James’ wife, Bonnie Rotten, just went OFF on him on her Instagram Story and it is truly shocking. The 29-year-old former adult actress posted and then deleted several stunning and unexpected allegations against her husband. James was previously married to actresss Sandra Bullock, but was accused of cheating on her, and the famous couple […]
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have officially cemented their “single parent” status and wiped their hands clean from one another as spouses. The Blast reported on November 29th that Kanye and Kim, along with their respective legal teams, reached a settlement agreement regarding the custody of their four children and the division of properties. Kim […]
- Patriots Wire
Weather could play a big factor in Thursday's Patriots-Bills game.
- Rolling Stone
Trump's response to accusations of antisemitism is to accuse his Jewish conservative critics of being disloyal
Zac Efron's former personal trainer says two common ab exercises are a waste of time. Here is what he recommends instead.
Hanging knee-raises work the hip-flexors more than the abs, Patrick Murphy, who trained Zac Efron for "Baywatch," told Insider.
- The Daily Beast
GettyUkrainian officials have been warning for months that—in addition to kicking Russia out of territories seized this year—they also intend to take back territories stolen before the war, including Crimea, the peninsula illegally annexed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014.And though Ukraine’s messaging on the matter is simple—that Ukrainian victory is about taking back Crimea, too—Russia’s response has been garbled in recent days. While some are urging Moscow to take the threat of a U
- Good Morning America
A mother and her four children have been run over as her kids were getting off of a school bus by a driver trying to escape the police. The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City when police say they tried to stop a white Mercedes-Benz traveling along Flatbush Avenue. Instead of stopping, the female driver took off on Avenue J and went straight through several bus stops before hitting the family with her car, according to ABC News’ New York City station WABC.
- Entertainment Tonight Videos
Ashton Kutcher and his twin brother, Michael Kutcher, sit down for their first joint interview on Paramount+’s ‘The Checkup With Dr. David Agus.’ The actor has an emotional discussion with his twin brother, who was born with cerebral palsy, and had a heart transplant. The first three episodes of ‘The Checkup With Dr. David Agus’ will debut on Dec. 12.
Leni Klum recently celebrated her partnership with Italian intimates label Intimissimi with a campaign alongside mom Heidi Klum
- Women's Health
Emily Ratajkowski just showed off her super toned abs and butt in some new bikini photos on Instagram. To stay fit, the model, 31, likes to take Zumba classes.