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HK in near shutdown after ‘dark day’


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


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


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


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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Top police chief vows strict probe into paint attack


Liang Tai-fu, center, an alleged accomplice in an attack on Sunday on Hong Kong singer and democracy advocate Denise Ho, is led away by police officers in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) yesterday vowed to conduct a strict investigation into an attack against Hong Kong singer, actor and democracy campaigner Denise Ho (何韻詩) on Sunday in Taipei.

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Protesters march in Taiwan in solidarity with HK


Hong Kong democracy advocate Denise Ho, center, is pictured after a man threw a red liquid at her while she was being interviewed by the press outside in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: AFP / Sam Yeh

Undeterred by heavy rain, hundreds of thousands of protesters yesterday marched in Taipei and other cities in Taiwan in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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The recent dispute between Taipei and Beijing over additional cross-strait flights highlights the administration’s need to improve its negotiating skills, analysts said.

Taiwan suspended five cross-strait flights operated by Chinese airlines in retaliation for decisions by Beijing that affect Taiwanese airlines. The dispute centers around the distribution of 50 flights added to the schedule after negotiations in May.