Hongkongers queue to buy Apple Daily copies after editor-in-chief arrested

Public outpouring of support for tabloid after raid on offices by national security police Hongkongers queued at city news stands before dawn on Friday to buy the latest edition of the Apple Daily newspaper, a day after national security police arrested its editor-in-chief and four other directors. On Thursday morning hundreds of officers from theContinue reading “Hongkongers queue to buy Apple Daily copies after editor-in-chief arrested”

Hong Kong police arrest editor-in-chief of Apple Daily newspaper in raids

Ryan Law among five directors detained under national security legislation imposed by Beijing Hong Kong’s national security police have arrested the editor-in-chief and four other directors of the Apple Daily newspaper in early morning raids involving hundreds of officers, over their role in the publication of dozens of articles alleged to be part of aContinue reading “Hong Kong police arrest editor-in-chief of Apple Daily newspaper in raids”

China blasts US and EU consulates over June 4 candles

China on Saturday berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown, slamming it as a “clumsy political show” to destabilise the city. Candles were seen lit in the windows of the US consulate building, which is next to the residence of Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointedContinue reading “China blasts US and EU consulates over June 4 candles”

Hungary blocks EU Hong Kong statement; Germany calls for change

The European Union must discuss ways of managing dissenting voices among its ranks, including qualified majority voting on foreign policy, according to Miguel Berger at the German Foreign Ministry. A German official on Friday took a dim view of Hungary’s recent moves to block European Union statements, and suggested reform was necessary to enable qualified majorityContinue reading “Hungary blocks EU Hong Kong statement; Germany calls for change”

Hong Kong park empty for the first time in 32 years as police surround venue to prevent banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil

Wearing black, clutching flowers and candles, and waving mobile phone flashlights, Hongkongers found ways to commemorate the Tiananmen Massacre on its 32nd anniversary on Friday despite police warnings and heavy law enforcement deployment across the city. Hundreds of police officers were deployed at Victoria Park on Friday evening in anticipation of people showing up forContinue reading “Hong Kong park empty for the first time in 32 years as police surround venue to prevent banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil”

Up to 5 years prison for attending Tiananmen Massacre vigil, Hong Kong gov’t warns – 1 year jail for publicising it

It said offenders may also face charges under social distancing rules after police rejected an appeal from organisers. Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has warned Hongkongers not to take part in this year’s Tiananmen Massacre vigil on June 4, or commemorative long-distance run this Sunday. “The relevant meetings and procession are unauthorised assemblies. No one shouldContinue reading “Up to 5 years prison for attending Tiananmen Massacre vigil, Hong Kong gov’t warns – 1 year jail for publicising it”

Hong Kong passes law that can stop people leaving

Bar association and activists decry Beijing-type immigration act with ‘exit ban’ powers Hong Kong has passed a new immigration law that includes powers to stop people entering or leaving the city, raising fears of Chinese mainland-style “exit bans” in the international business hub. The legislation sailed through a legislature now devoid of opposition, as BeijingContinue reading “Hong Kong passes law that can stop people leaving”

Hong Kongers say they’re being targeted by Chinese agents on Canadian soil

“We know where you are. We’re coming to get you.” The person on the other line of Cherie Wong’s Vancouver hotel room phone repeated that threat multiple times, until she hung up, stunned. It was January 2020, and Wong – who’s executive director of Alliance Canada Hong Kong — had travelled from Toronto to VancouverContinue reading “Hong Kongers say they’re being targeted by Chinese agents on Canadian soil”

Hungary blocks EU statement criticising China over Hong Kong, diplomats say

Hungary has blocked a European Union statement criticising China’s new security law in Hong Kong, two diplomats said, in a move likely to undermine efforts to confront Beijing’s curbing of freedoms in the former British colony. The EU, which aims to support Britain and the United States in upholding human rights in Hong Kong, wasContinue reading “Hungary blocks EU statement criticising China over Hong Kong, diplomats say”

Hong Kong will vet political candidates’ entire past to ensure loyalty to China – justice chief

“We can’t completely limit ourselves and say we will only review things from the last three to five years, as we have to review everything in context… Maybe something he or she mentioned 10 years ago connects with what they said yesterday.” Candidates for public office in Hong Kong will have their entire history vetted, its top justiceContinue reading “Hong Kong will vet political candidates’ entire past to ensure loyalty to China – justice chief”

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