Hong Kong: Beijing rigs legislative by-elections

Demosisto’s Agnes Chow is blocked from standing in March by-election with others likely to follow


As widely feared the Chinese dictatorship has begun blocking pro-democracy candidates from standing in upcoming by-elections to fill four of the seats left empty after the ousting of six opposition legislators last year. The move is the latest in Hong Kong’s creeping coup against the mass democracy movement.

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Freedom score for Hong Kong hits seven-year low as Beijing’s ‘ever greater influence’ cited

US human rights NGO says ouster of pro-democracy lawmakers and jail sentences for Occupy protest leaders drove down score in annual report.

SCMP: Ng Kang-chung

Hong Kong’s latest global score for freedom has fallen to a seven-year low of 59 out of 100, according to an annual report by a Washington-based human rights NGO, which blamed the figure on Beijing’s “ever greater influence” on the city’s political affairs.

Academic freedom at risk at Hong Kong’s universities, says report

Report says freedom has deteriorated so much that independent monitoring groups should be established

The Guardian:Benjamin Hass

Hong Kong’s universities, long a beacon of academic freedom, bastions of freewheeling activism and discussion, are under threat and risk losing their internationally respected status, according to a report.

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Chinese Police Seize Publisher From Train in Front of Diplomats

The New York Times: CHRIS BUCKLEY

BEIJING — A Hong Kong-based book publisher with Swedish citizenship who was secretly spirited to China and held in custody for two years, igniting international controversy, has disappeared again in dramatic fashion — snatched from a train bound for Beijing under the eyes of two Swedish diplomats.

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Swedish bookseller ‘snatched by Chinese agents from train’

The Guardian: Tom Philips

Daughter says Gui Minhai was taken off train as he travelled to Beijing with group of diplomats

A Swedish publisher believed to have been abducted by Chinese agents after riling Beijing with his books about the peccadilloes of the Communist party’s elite has allegedly been snatched for a second time while travelling to Beijing by train with a group of European diplomats. Continue reading “Swedish bookseller ‘snatched by Chinese agents from train’”

Hong Kong police to receive 3 water cannon vehicles, worth HK$27m, this year

By HKFP:Kris Cheng

The government has said three water cannon vehicles, costing HK$27 million, will be transported to Hong Kong in the first half of this year.

Undersecretary for Security Sonny Au said at the Legislative Council on Thursday that the vehicles are expected to be in service by the end of 2018. He also said the models are able to disperse coloured liquids to identify people causing offences, as well as shoot a pepper-based solution.

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Chinese law at Hong Kong rail station prompts legal battle

By Channel NewAsia

hong-kong-s-mini-constitution----the-basic-law----clearly-cites-that-national-laws-do-not-apply-to-the-city-apart-from-in-limited-areas-incHong Kong’s mini-constitution – the Basic Law – clearly cites that national laws do not apply to the city apart from in limited areas, including defence. (Photo: AFP/Vivek Prakash)

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s imposing new harbourfront rail terminus promises a high-speed link with China but for some the station represents an existential crisis for the city, with nothing less than its cherished freedoms under threat.

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