Protest greets former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at Hong Kong investor event

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HONG KONG, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 12, 2017) (REUTERS) – Protesters outside a luxury hotel in Hong Kong shouted anti-racism slogans on Tuesday (September 12) ahead of a speech by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon at an investor conference organised by a unit of China’s largest brokerage.

The far-right architect of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, Bannon is the latest controversial figure invited to address a forum hosted by CLSA, a subsidiary of state-backed Citic Securities.

Bannon, whose views on immigration, climate and trade helped shape Trump’s election campaign and his first months in office, was fired by the Republican president last month in a push to end factional fighting within the White House.

CLSA initially said Bannon’s speech would be open to some print media but reversed its decision a day later, without citing a specific reason, although a CLSA spokeswoman said the event was meant for invited clients only.

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