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06/17/2019

Hong Kong protests, Iran blamed for tanker attacks, S-400 sale and Brexit

Hong Kong protests, Iran blamed for tanker attacks, S-400 sale and Brexit

Hong Kong protests

About two million citizens of Hong Kong last Sunday marched in protest against the expansion of Chinese power in the former British colony.

Protesters filled the city center and marched to the office of the head of the local administration, Carrie Lam.

Hong Kongers are protesting the signing of an extradition treaty to China for suspected criminals. Activists demand the cancellation of the reform and Lam’s resignation.

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to clear the streets. Part of the protesters remained sitting on the sidewalks in the government district to chant slogans and make speeches about the need to preserve freedoms. Some of them call for a strike on Monday.

Details are available on UWI 

US, Iran and tanker explosions

Two tankers – the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous were damaged by explosions in the Gulf of Oman in the Arabian Sea on June 13.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has enough evidence to believe that Iran was responsible for the attack. According to him, Tehran expressed refusal to permit transit through the gulf. He provided no concrete evidence for his claims.

Iran has firmly denied the charges.

S-400

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the rejection of the purchase of S-400 air defense systems is already an impossibility, and the deal has been done. Erdogan, returning from Tajikistan, answered questions from journalists on the plane.

“The Question of the S-400 has been resolved. Refusal is out of the question, ”Erdogan said, adding that the delivery of the Russian made missile systems is expected to begin in the first half of July.

Erdogan, recalling that the Ministry of Defense is working on a response to the United States letter demanding they cancel the purchase of the S-400, said: “The response letter will be sent as soon as possible, possibly this week. Its scope and content are already defined. ”

Brexit – candidates for PM

In the first round of voting in the House of Commons of the British Parliament, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took first place in the running for potential leader of the Conservative Party. Among the 313 deputies of the House of Commons, Johnson received 114 votes. In second place with 43 votes was acting foreign minister Jeremy Hunt.

Minister of Environment Michael Gove received 37 votes, former Minister for Brexit Affairs, Dominic Raab – 27, Interior Minister Sajid Javid – 23, Minister of Health Matt Hancock – 20, Minister of International Development Rory Stewart – 19 votes.

 
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