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Latest: I joined @abcnews's World tonight to talk about the arrest of #HongKong teen activist Tony Chung and two other teenage activists yesterday. In the first part of the interview, I highlighted how the arrest of high profile activists is the government's way to send ...
... warning to other young protesters and activists in #HK that if they continue to participate in any form of protest against the government under the #NSL, this is the kind of consequences that they could face.
In part 2 of the interview, I elaborated on how Tony Chung's attempt to seek help for arriving in #Taiwan back in July went unanswered and I explained why the government in Taiwan might have to take a more cautious line to handle cases involving high profile individuals ...
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The @nytopinion ran an op-ed by pro-#Beijing #HongKong legislator Regina Ip on #China's National Day, in which she argued that the #NSL has helped to reduce the scale and frequency of ant-government protests in #HK.…
"Several prominent democracy advocates have since announced their retirement from politics, disbanded their parties or fled the city. The West tends to glorify these people as defenders of Hong Kong’s freedoms, but they have done great harm to the city...
... by going against its constitutional order and stirring up chaos and disaffection toward our motherland."
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5 weeks after their initial detention, the case of the 12 #HK people detained in Shenzhen is becoming a clear example of how #China's criminal justice system operates. What the families are going through is the reality facing millions Chinese…
The family of Chinese dissidents often have to wait for months to years until some information about their family members begins to emerge. Lawyers hired by their families are often harassed or sometimes even debarred for taking on the case. In the end, they have no choice ...
... but to let a government-appointed attorney to take over the case. Some recent examples include Chen Mei and Cai Wei from the #Terminus2049 case. (@tansunit).
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Breaking: #HongKong police claimed that 62 people have been arrested at the scene of the national day protest. Image
A video journalist from @appledaily_hk becomes the first journalist to be ticketed since the police changed their regulation about approving who are journalists in their definition. Image
46 men and 16 women were arrested for “illegal gathering.” Their hands were tied up to their back. Image
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To ensure students’ safety in the face of the extraterritorial power of the #NSL in #HK, @UniofOxford is going to introduce anonymously submission of some papers and one-on-one tutorials in the coming semester for some #China studies courses.…
“Like my colleagues in the US, I am mindful of my duty of care for my students, many of whom are not UK citizens. My students will be submitting and presenting work anonymously in order to afford some extra protection,” said @PM_Thornton, who plans not to alter course content.
Her students will be asked to read anonymised papers in weekly classes, and small group tutorials will be replaced by one-on-one lessons. Advice is being issued that if classes are online, there must be no attempt to record the content or share the material with...
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[Cultural Revolution 2.0 in #Hongkong]

1. @mingpaocom reported, pro-#CCP lawmaker Junius Ho sent #China’s Liaison Office’s new directive to #Beijing loyalists’ chat group, urging for a “struggle against the three big mountains in #HK - legal, education & social service”. Image
2. For legal struggle, CCP reportedly calls for “more influence in judge nomination” & “requiring judges attending pro-China courses”. Edu struggle means sacking pro-democracy teachers & cancelling liberal studies, while struggle in social service demands NGOs supporting gov.
3. Twenty-four hours after Beijing’s directive of “new struggles” was leaked, CCP mouthpieces blasted the city's chief justice, #GeoffreyMa, for just reiterating the principle of judicial impartiality and refusing judicial reforms in the city. Image
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[#AntiELAB Movement vs #UmbrellaMovement: are #HKers walking on the old path?]

1.1/ #HK's protests have indeed reduced due to the #COVID19 and the #NationalSecurityLaw. #HKGov mass arrests protestors, and crackdown on the education, mass media, medical and judicial industries. Image
1.2/ But, NO, we're not walking the old path of division between different sides in the pro-democracy bloc. In fact, we're winning. Here's why: Image
2/ In 2014,
- 70% of polls call for the occupation to stop
- Division within Pro-democracy bloc
- Average results in the District Council Election
- Pro-Beijing bloc gained 57% seats in Legislative Council
- #CCP's economic diplomacy is doing well
- Few countries support HK Image
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[When even reporter's daughter was under #Beijing threat]

1. Really horrified to know the intimidation former #ABC reporter #MatthewCarney faced. #Chinese cops summoned even his 14yo daughter for investigation & threatened to detain her in a secret place…
2. Since 2016, Matthew was repeatedly harassed by Chinese authorities. After he decided to cover #Uyghur #ReeducationCamps in #Xinjiang, he and his crew were surrounded by 20+ security police. Cops even suddenly knocked on his door and asked about daily activities at midnight.
3. One night when Matthew woke up, he found his phone was remotely hacked by someone who accessed, thoroughly searched his email account and found an email concerning #TankMan footage from #TiananmenSquareMassacre.
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[First judge resigns amid #nationalsecuritylaw]

1. Appalled to hear that our prominent #Australian judge James Spigelman resigned from #HK appeals court over #NSL, days after #Beijing claims there is no separation of powers in HK…
2. Spigelman is the first senior judge to resign under #NSL, which allows city leader to select judges to handle national security cases. It sends an alarm signal to the world about the erosion of autonomy and judicial independence that this international financial hub relies on.
3. #HKers can also be taken to #China’s courts w/o legal access, just like #12hkyouths now detained for nearly one month. Their family-instructed lawyers are reportedly forced to quit the case under #Beijing's pressure.
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#Day27 [Right of visiting 12 detainees declined]

1/ While #CCP may claim that the group is not under consular protection, the right of visiting 12 detainees by consulate is an absolutely legitimate & reasonable demand, especially for a🇵🇹 #Portugese national & 2 #UK #BNO holders.
2/ But it looks that the #Portuguese Consulate office has yet to intend to visit the detained Portuguese national in person. Earlier his lawyer worried that efforts of the Portuguese authorities are 'far from satisfactory'.…
3/ Not a day goes by #HK people worrying about the situtaion of them. What makes the situation so dire is that they are completely disconnected with the outside world. God knows how does the #Chinese authorities treat them in detention. #Save12HKyouths @save12hkyouths
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[HK judge hails pro-#CCP assailant while he stabs activist and throws death threat at me]

1. A pro-#Beijing assailant, Wong, was hailed by #HK judge for his “passion to society” while Wong stabbed democracy ex-lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung with a pointed metal chisel. Image
2. Wong said if he has a gun, he will use it to shoot Leung. He even publicly threw death threats on court, saying "Joshua Wong & Ted Hui must die”. But without slamming his reckless words, judge praised Wong for being “willing to contribute to society" and released him on bail. Image
3. That’s another case that #Hongkong judges biasedly praise pro-#Beijing assailants. Earlier in April, HK judge hailed another assailant for having "noble sentiments” after he slashed three #HKers with beef knife, causing one's lung collapsed and wounds on their necks and backs. Image
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[#Portugese 🇵🇹 & #UK’s #BNO holders 🇬🇧 detained in #China for over 3 weeks]

1. Of the 12 #HKers detained in #China, one is reportedly #Portuguese passport holder while another two are #BNO holders. They are held w/o legal access, sparking growing concern of inhumane treatment. Image
2. It is worrying, under #nationalsecuritylaw, foreign passport holders are deprived of basic rights of access to family-appointed lawyers, which is claimingly promised in #China’s law, esp when 4 lawyers were forced to quit the case due to unusual pressure from #CCP authorities.
3. The twelve could be in China custody for a long time, without any trace. This worse scenario may unveil a new form of Chinese hostage diplomacy under growing tension between #EU & #China
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Hong Kong activist @SunnyCheungky confirmed on @Facebook that he has left #HongKong without disclosing where he is at right now.
"Before the #NSL came into effect, I was also contemplating about the question of whether I should leave #HongKong or not. However, I really wanted to fight on with my own ability. I want to stay for as long as I can. When we were all feeling helpless, I hope to use action ...
... to let everyone know that there are still people left in #HongKong. However, as tension between the US and #China continues to increase and the number of hostage diplomacy incidents continued to grow, the number of times that I was followed by someone also increased."
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According to the @StandNewsHK, a #Taiwan journalist claimed that he tried to help five people from #HongKong to get to Taiwan through Dongsa Island in July, but two months after that happened, the journalist claimed that the five individuals were ...…
... prevented from contacting the outside world, including their family members back in #HongKong and the lawyers or human rights groups that have helped them. However, #Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council came out to say that these claims might have some specific intentions.
The MAC didn't want any party or anyone to over interpret these claims. The MAC said these claims could potentially harm or damage individuals or the entire system. The MAC said the #Taiwan government will also not offer further explanation about individual cases.
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Family members of the 12 #HongKong people detained in Shenzhen held a presser. One mom said she hired a Chinese lawyer to follow up on the case and she emphasized that her son won’t appoint his own lawyer. She doesn’t understand why the Chinese government ... Image
... wanted to appoint lawyers for his son and she worried for his well-being and safety. She kept thinking about him day and night, wondering if he is still alive. Other family members cried after she finished.
Another family member said the Chinese lawyers they hired experienced all kinds of pressure. The family members called to relevant authorities in #China to follow up and they asked the lawyers to follow up too. However, the detention center rejected all the reasonable requests ..
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[Thread] Sept 8, 2020: POP releases popularity figures of CE and Secretaries of Departments
The latest popularity of the HK CE and Principal Officials remains low. #HongKong #HK #HKGov #CarrieLam
1/ CE #CarrieLam:
Popularity rating = 28.1 marks, 50% participants give her 0 rating
Net popularity = -48 percentage points
These figures have not changed much from half a month ago
2/ Secretaries of Departments:

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung
Popularity rating = 28.5 marks
Net popularity = -39 percentage points

Financial Secretary Paul Chan
Popularity rating = 35.5 marks
Net popularity = -18 percentage points
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Latest: After 289 people were arrested in #HongKong on Sunday, it seems obvious that #Beijing is targeting #HK's protest culture with the #NSL. I talked to @jwassers and @galileocheng to get their perspectives on how #HK people can adapt to the new…
Although this weekend's demonstrations are similar to what Hong Kong experienced last year, experts pointed out that the legal landscape has changed dramatically. ""Last year, there were still cases in which protests were authorized, whereas none have been recently," said Jeff.
"The reason given has been the pandemic, but COVID-19 is not raging in Hong Kong right now. The police are turning a blind eye toward other kinds of gatherings," Wasserstrom said, adding that the number of permitted protests will be far fewer in the future.
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#PoliticalBlackmail ndio hali inayowakuta wanasiasa wetu mbele ya "matajiri" na #makundimaslahi hali hii huwafanya #wanasiasa #watendaji wa serikali kutii matakwa ya "wafanyabiashara wasio waaminifu" na kuwapelekea kupindisha sheria au kuacha kusimamia matwaka na maslahi ya umma Image
Kwa kuogopa siri zao kutolewa hadharani, huu mchezo umekuwa ulikifanyika muda mrefu duniani na #Tanzania haijabakia salama. Hoja hapa ni kuhusu suala la kumpata Mtendaji mkuu wa klabu, wanaimba wanahoji mfumo na utaratibu @moodewji kutoa jibu na kuhusisha na maombi ya mkopo ni...
... dharau, uhuni na kuwadharau wtznia na pia ni kitendo kinachodhihirisha #Mo ni mtu wa aina gani linapokuja suala la uwajibikaji. Kuna hadithi kibao zinazohusu masuala mbalimbali ya kibiashara na mbinu ambazo familia hii imekuwa ikitumia dhidi ya watumishi wa umma na moja wapo
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[From elected lawmaker to exiled freedom fighter, in four years time]

1. Four years ago today, my former colleague @nathanlawkc was elected as the youngest lawmaker in #Hongkong's history. Four years later, he is forced into exile. Image
2. At that time it was like a miracle when the final result was announced. Everybody cheered with joy at the central counting centre, with hopes in our eyes to make some changes in the rigged system that had lost its touch with the people completely. Image
3. Four years ago, no one would believe what had happened in #HK, with #policebrutality, arbitrary prosecution, draconian #NationalSecurityLaw, censorship, disqualification, election cancellation and media meltdown, with 9000+ #HKers arrested and 12 youths now detained in #China. ImageImageImageImage
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It's a Saturday & long weekend in #Thailand. Yet high school students have worn their uniforms & gathered at #bangkok #education ministry to protest & make their demands heard. Pupils from more than 40 schools are said to be present. #หนูรู้หนูมันเลว @BadStudent_ ImageImageImageImage
The students had protested at same location of #Thailand #education ministry in #Bangkok about 3 weeks ago demanding educational reforms & freedom of expression inside schools. Education Minister @Boston_Nataphol had met with some protesters then to engage them #หนูรู้หนูมันเลว ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand high school students protesting outside #Bangkok #Education Ministry wanting to engage with minister @Boston_Nataphol again & wanting to see real change in education system #หนูรู้หนูมันเลว. This just a day after prominent protest leaders jailed…
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[Cancelling separation of powers in #HK]

1. #Carrielam claimed today there's no separation of powers in HK after #HKGov’s recent textbook censorship. Even the next Chief Justice that she appointed, Andrew Cheung, said in 2008 that separation of powers is enshrined in Basic Law. Image
2. More ridiculously, education bureau once published a slide in 2011 on its website citing Court of Final Appeal judge that HK practised separation of powers. But in order to fit the new narrative, #Hkgov just deleted the slide today. ImageImageImage
3. In fact, the city’s Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Geoffrey Ma, had once rebutted the "no separation of powers" narrative in 2014, but #Carrielam insisted today that local courts have to be responsible to #Beijing. Image
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[Religious talks via #GoogleMeet allegedly surveilled by #CCP security agency in #HK]

1. @hkcnews_com reports the HKCCCC church held an online talk on Christianity in #China via #googlemeet on Aug 30, illustrating the history of religious policies in China.
2. Although the internal event was exclusively for members, three unknown users, respectively called “HK branch of China’s national security bureau”, “China’s national security bureau” and “Shenzhengovernment” made requests to join the talk soon after the talk started.
3. When the pastor tried to report the issue to all the participants, he was repeatedly removed by a third-party entity from the chatroom, more than 10 times, which making the talk forced to be suspended.
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In an interview on @dwnews Asia, #Taiwan foreign minister (@MOFA_Taiwan) Joseph Wu told me that #HongKong people are freedom fighters and what has been happening in #HK is a real tragedy. He also warns the world about #China's expansionism.…
"We try to give more of support to those freedom fighters in #HK. And we continue to urge the Hong Kong government to adopt free election and to ensure freedom, especially freedom of speech and freedom of media, so that Hong Kong can stand as a symbol of freedom in East Asia."
"But it's very unfortunate that the Chinese government imposed national security on Hong Kong and other that, you know, we saw the elections scheduled later this year has been postponed for one year."
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@SecPompeo, save #HK kids pls!

“Today is 8.31 anniversary. #HKers came to Prince Edward Station to present flowers. At about 5 pm, #police searched a number of residents, including a #minor, whom was taken back to Mong Kok Police Station.”

#831MongkokAttack #StandWithHongKong Image
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