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HK protesters erect statue on mountain

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A statue known as “Lady Liberty” stands on top of Lion Rock in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: EPA-EFE / Kwang Kung Temple handout

Pro-democracy protesters early yesterday hauled a 4m statue known as “Lady Liberty” to the top of a famous Hong Kong mountain, announcing the peak would be its “final resting place.”

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Online petition calls on US to recognize Taiwan

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A section on the White House’s petition Web site shows a petition calling for the US government to recognize Taiwan as an independent country.
Photo: Screen grab from the We the People Web site

A petition launched on the White House’s Web site calling on the US to recognize Taiwan as an independent country has garnered more than 64,000 signatures in less than a week.

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Hong Kongers defy mask ban in protest

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Photo: EPA-EFE

Hong Kong was rocked by fresh violence yesterday as tens of thousands hit the streets to defy a ban on masks, sparking clashes with police, street fights and vandalism across the strife-torn territory.

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HK in near shutdown after ‘dark day’

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Hong Kong police chase down a couple wearing masks in Hong Kong’s Central district yesterday.
Photo: AFP

All subway and train services were suspended, lines formed at the cash machines of shuttered banks and shops were closed as Hong Kong dusted itself off yesterday and then started marching again after another night of rampaging violence decried as “a very dark day” by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥).

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Hong Kong bans face masks under old law

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Demonstrators wear masks during a protest in the Central district of Hong Kong yesterday. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong invoked emergency powers for the first time in more than half a century to ban face masks for protesters after months of unrest, prompting demonstrators to occupy downtown streets.

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Bridge only inspected once, TIPC says

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Taiwan International Ports Corp chairman Wu Chung-rung, center, reacts as Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung, left, speaks at a question-and-answer session at the legislature in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The Nanfangao Bridge (南方澳橋) in Yilan County’s Suao Township (蘇澳), which collapsed on Tuesday, was only inspected once — by the county government — in the 21 years it was open, said Taiwan International Ports Corp (TIPC) chairman Wu Chung-rung (吳宗榮), whose resignation was provisionally accepted yesterday.

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Engineers mull cause of collapse

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The Nanfangao Bridge in Yilan County’s Suao Township is pictured after the bridge collapsed yesterday morning.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

Yesterday’s collapse of the Nanfangao Bridge (南方澳橋) in Yilan County might have been due to rusted anchoring points, Taipei Technology College of Engineering dean Sung Yu-chi (宋裕祺) said.

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Newsflash

Tibetans living in Taiwan and Taiwanese gather to shout “Free Tibet” in Taipei yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the unsuccessful 1959 revolt against China that sent Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama into exile.
PHOTO: AP

Thousands of Tibet supporters gathered in Taipei yesterday for a marathon concert organized by civic groups as part of a series of activities to commemorate the 1959 uprising in Tibet. Chanting “Free Tibet” and “Long live the Dalai Lama,” the crowd waved banners and Tibetan flags.

In unison, the crowd signed the letter “T” for Tibet with their arms after watching a short video clip of a speech by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who invoked a blessing on the performers and the future of Taiwan.