University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’

“It is really difficult to remove it. It is really not fair to remove it in a week while it’s been there for 24 years,” artist Jens Galschiøt told HKFP, saying he may take legal action if it is destroyed. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the now-disbanded organiser of Hong Kong’s TiananmenContinue reading “University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’”

Hong Kong: Police raid Tiananmen Square museum

A museum commemorating the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has been raided by Hong Kong police. Officers were later seen carrying exhibits out of the June 4 Museum. Four members of the group that ran the museum, the Hong Kong Alliance, were detained on Wednesday – including prominent pro-democracy activist and barrister Chow Hang Tung.Continue reading “Hong Kong: Police raid Tiananmen Square museum”

Hong Kong’s Population Shrinks By 89,000 in Just 12 Months

Hong Kong’s population kept falling at a record pace over the past 12 months, as people left the city in the wake of the pandemic and the national security law that curtailed protest and dissent. The city saw an outflow of 89,200 residents in the year that ended in June, leaving its population at aboutContinue reading “Hong Kong’s Population Shrinks By 89,000 in Just 12 Months”

Hong Kong police arrest authors of a children’s book in latest free speech crackdown – PBS

Hong Kong authorities arrested the authors of a children’s book this week and accused them of sedition. The book, “Defenders of Sheep Village,” explores the politics of a protest movement, facing off against an increasingly assertive China using animals. Nick Schifrin has the story.

Hong Kong: PTU disbands after govt, state media accusations

The Professional Teachers’ Union (PTU) announced on Tuesday that it is disbanding, around a week after the government severed ties with the body as it came under attack by state media. In a letter to its members, the union described the decision to disband as “unwanted and difficult”, but said it was one made afterContinue reading “Hong Kong: PTU disbands after govt, state media accusations”

Hong Kong crowd booing China’s anthem sparks police probe

Hong Kong police are investigating an incident where a crowd watching the Olympics booed China’s anthem. Hundreds gathered at a shopping mall on Monday to watch a broadcast and cheer on Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung, who won gold in the men’s individual foil. When the Chinese national anthem was played, some in the crowdContinue reading “Hong Kong crowd booing China’s anthem sparks police probe”

Guilty verdict in first Hong Kong trial held under national security law

Tong Ying-kit case seen as a departure from common law traditions, with accused denied bail and a jury trial The first person charged and tried under Hong Kong’s draconian national security law has been found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession, in a landmark ruling that sets a precedent for future cases brought under theContinue reading “Guilty verdict in first Hong Kong trial held under national security law”

China bans pro-democracy candidates in Macau elections

Move mirrors crackdown in Hong Kong and comes despite pledges the territory would have high levels of autonomy China’s crackdown on pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong appears to have spread to Macau, where 21 candidates, including veteran legislators, have been disqualified from forthcoming elections. Most of those disqualified have vowed to challenge the ruling byContinue reading “China bans pro-democracy candidates in Macau elections”

EU votes for diplomats to boycott China Winter Olympics over rights abuses

Non-binding resolution also calls for governments to impose further sanctions on China as tensions rise The European parliament has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on diplomatic officials to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in response to continuing human rights abuses by the Chinese government. In escalating tensions between the EU and China, the non-binding resolution alsoContinue reading “EU votes for diplomats to boycott China Winter Olympics over rights abuses”

HK leader says ‘ideologies’ pose security risk, teenagers need to be monitored

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday “ideologies” posed risks to national security and urged parents, teachers and religious leaders to observe the behaviour of teenagers and report those who break the law to the authorities. The financial hub has taken a swift authoritarian turn since China’s imposition of a sweeping national security lawContinue reading “HK leader says ‘ideologies’ pose security risk, teenagers need to be monitored”

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