HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) — Protesters in Hong Kong gathered outside the government’s headquarters on Sunday evening after a leading pro-democracy activist was barred from standing as a candidate in upcoming elections.
The ban on 21-year-old Agnes Chow, who was at the forefront of mass
Continue reading “Protesters rally against ban on H.K. activist’s candidacy / Decision shows China’s tightening grip on polls”
Pro-democracy groups took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest the government’s decision to disqualify a prominent activist from legislative elections in March.
Agnes Chow, 21, was seeking to become Hong Kong’s youngest council member ever, contesting the seat of another “umbrella movement” activist, Nathan Law, 26, who was stripped of his seat for his role in the pro-democracy movement. Continue reading “Outrage in Hong Kong as activist is barred from polls”
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.
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.
The bookseller, Gui Minhai, became a symbol of the Chinese government’s determination to smother criticism from abroad when he was Continue reading “Chinese Police Seize Publisher From Train in Front of Diplomats”
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’”
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Hong 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.
Continue reading “Chinese law at Hong Kong rail station prompts legal battle”