Hong Kong Protests

Politics • Asian
2020-07-02T11:00:01+00:00
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
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In a unanimous vote the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill sanctioning banks that are in business with Chinese officials responsible for the national security law and action against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that "The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised".

The bill is pending Senate approval and the signature of President Donald Trump.

Politics • Asian
2020-07-02T08:30:01+00:00
370 people arrested in Hong Kong after protests erupt despite police ban
370 people arrested in Hong Kong after protests erupt despite police ban
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The Hong Kong police have arrested 370 people during protests on Wednesday were detained for alleged "unauthorised assemblies, disorderly conduct, possession of offensive weaponry and other related offences". Ten of these were arrested for breach of the new national security law that has been effective since Wednesday.

Politics • Asian
2020-07-01T19:56:02+00:00
Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
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Following up on previously made considerations, the prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has announced that his country will extend the rights of Hong Kong citizens to live and work in the Kingdom, following the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong. Johnson called this a "clear and serious breach" of the Sino-British joint declaration with Britain that China has made over Hong Kong. Holders of the British National (Overseas) passport will be granted "limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship and that is precisely what we will do now", according to Johnson.

Politics • Asian
2020-07-01T12:30:02+00:00
Hong Kong arrests first protester defying new security law
Hong Kong arrests first protester defying new security law
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The Hong Kong police have arrested the first protester after the new national security law had been passed. The man has been standing in Causeway Bay with a flag titling "Hong Kong Independence". Thousands of Hong Kongers have defied the police ban and went to the streets chanting slogans and protesting the new security law as the ban of the annual July 1 pro-democracy protests has been upheld by the police.

Politics • Asian
2020-07-01T10:30:02+00:00
China passes Hong Kong security law that enables life long imprisonment
Gathering outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in solidarity with the demonstrators who were arrested and detained during the demonstrations. in September 2019
Gathering outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in solidarity with the demonstrators who were arrested and detained during the demonstrations. in September 2019 Credit: 立場新聞 [Copyrighted free use or Copyrighted free use]

Beijing has passed the new Hong Kong security law shortly before it was published and put into effect on July 1st. The new law faced heavy protests in Hong Kong and cities around the world. According to the text of the legislature, people can get punished with a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of a lifetime in prison for actors of secession, subversion, terrorism or for the collusion with foreign forces. In addition arson or vandalism with a political intent to intimidate the Hong Kong or Chinese government will be counted as terrorism under the new law.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-06-27T16:30:02+00:00
Hong Kong annual pro-democracy demo banned by police
Hong Kong annual pro-democracy demo banned by police
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For the first time in 17 years, since the demonstration has first been held in 2003, the Hong Kong police have banned the annual pro-democracy demonstration on July 1. According to the organizers the police stated that the reason for the ban is the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the claim that social distancing measures wouldn't be able to be upheld as well as previous unrest. The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) has shared an official letter which stated that only group gatherings of up to 50 people could be permitted.

Politics • Asian
2020-06-21T06:30:02+00:00
Taiwan has announced plans to open an office for Hongkongers that flee to Taiwan
Chen Ming-tong
Chen Ming-tong Credit: VOA / Public domain

Taiwan has announced that the country will cover "necessary expenses" for people that flee from Hong Kong for "political reasons" for example because their freedom and safety are threatened due to the new security laws. Chen Ming-tong, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council has stated that "In the past the NGOs were basically doing that but now the government will stand up and finance the expense".

Politics • Asian • China
2020-06-14T16:16:01+00:00
Thousands sing in Hong Kong for first anniversary of protests

Across the city, thousands of protestors have sung a protest anthem and chanted slogans to mark the one year anniversary of the ongoing demonstrations. The police have declared the protests unlawful and made several arrests, saying that they are in breach with the Anti-Covid-19 regulations regarding large groups.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-12T20:00:02+00:00
Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading misinformation about Covid-19 and Hong Kong
Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading misinformation about Covid-19 and Hong Kong
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Twitter suspended 23,750 accounts that were posting pro-Beijing narratives, and another 150,000 dedicated to retweeting and amplifying those messages.

According to Twitter: "Despite the volume, the core 23,750 accounts we are publishing to the archive were largely caught early and failed to achieve considerable traction on the service, typically holding low follower accounts and low engagement. Of the approximately 150,000 amplifier accounts, the majority had little to no follower counts either and were strategically designed to artificially inflate impression metrics and engage with the core accounts."

Politics • Asian
2020-06-05T10:30:01+00:00
Hong Kong citizens defy police order and commemorate Tiananmen massacre
30th Anniversary Memorial of Tinanmen Square Protests. Photographed in Victoria Park, Hong Kong.
30th Anniversary Memorial of Tinanmen Square Protests. Photographed in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. Credit: だ*ぜ / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989, thousands of Hong Kong citizens have defied police orders and commemorated the victims with a candlelight vigil. The protestors pushed over the barriers that were used by the police to close off Victoria Park and peacefully gathered there. According to Chinese state media, thousands of police officers were deployed and put on standby but kept a low profile.

Politics • Asian
2020-05-29T21:39:05+00:00
United Kingdom announces that it'll extend visa rights for British overseas citizens in Hong Kong

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced that holders of the British national overseas passport in Hong Kong will get extended visa rights for the United Kingdom, in case China puts extended security laws in place as intended. According to him the visitation rights without a needed visa will be extended from six to twelve months which then can lead to a future citizenship, but details are still to be planned.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-05-28T07:52:58+00:00
Chinese parliament approves national security law for Hong Kong
The Great Hall Of The People
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The National People's Congress passed a new security law for Hong Kong, which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in the territory.

The new law bans sedition, secession and subversion of the central government and allows China's state security agencies to operate in the city.

Politics • Asian
2020-05-25T20:05:34+00:00
Tsai Ing-wen promises support for Hong Kong's people
Protest in Hong Kong on 09/06/2019
Protest in Hong Kong on 09/06/2019 Credit: unsplash.com/Jospeh Chan

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen promises to provide "necessary assistance" for the people of Hong Kong after an increase in protests due to China's newly proposed security law to bypass the city's legislature. In an announcement on Facebook, Tsai called the proposed legislation a "serious threat to Hong Kong’s freedoms and judicial independence," and that Taiwan would "even more proactively perfect and forge ahead with relevant support work, and provide Hong Kong’s people with necessary assistance."

Politics • Asian • China
2020-04-18T08:45:27+00:00
Hong Kong police arrest at least 14 pro-democracy activists

The police of Hong Kong have arrested at least 14 long time pro-democracy activists. Some of the activists have been charged with the illegal organization of protest marches in 2019.