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@CyberNews_com This proposed legislation may or may not be good for HK’s future; but it is well within the letter and spirit of “One Country, Two Systems”. Some of those in the #HKProtests need a constitutional law and history lesson amongst other things. (1/10)
@CyberNews_com The 1C2S framework was conceived through, and has always rested on, the principle of ‘subsidiarity’, not ‘parity’ as some would like to think. (2/10)
@CyberNews_com From day one, the writ of 1C2S has run *only insofar as it does not conflict with the existing constitution of China*, and the Chinese constitution has always been “senior”. (3/10)
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May 24th, 2020

Hong Kong Protests against the CCP's plan to bypass the #HK legislature and make it illegal to say anything negative about the Chinese government, even online.

Ongoing coverage of today's protests will be tweeted here.

First arrest: Activist Tam Tak-chi was arrested after #HKpolice accused him of causing a group gathering during his anti-epidemic talk.

Before the arrest, people raised their masks to signify they are not violating social distancing rules because it is a "public health lecture."
Hong Kongers chant, "Hong Kong independence, the only way out!"

Location: Great George Street, Causeway Bay, in the central northern part of Hong Kong island.
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1/ Three #hongkongers were slashed by a pro-#Beijing mob with a beef knife, with wounds on her left chest and chin, broken ribs, lungs collapsed with blood, suffering from post-traumatic stress, when handing out leaflets at #lennonwalls last night
2/ But #HK Judge offered sympathy to the assailant, without slamming his cruel move during sentencing yesterday. Instead, he violated his impartiality by spending one-third of the time criticizing #HKprotests & comparing victims that just delivered leaflets as "terrorist army”.
3/ He even praised the assailant as "an involuntary sacrifice and a bloodstained victim hanging by his last breath”, while the victims, the ones truly laying in blood, were slammed as "ruthlessly trampled on his right to work, live and survive.”
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A thread: We are now about a month into the massive social distancing experiment Hong Kong introduced to mitigate impact of #COVID19. I thought I would share some thoughts for other academics about the effects it has had on my life. #AcademicTwitter
As the world prepares for a pandemic, many are asking what they should do to get ready. Yes - buy facemasks, hand rub, and extra food. But academics also need to prepare for the possibility that universities and other schools close for weeks on end.
A month ago, universities in Hong Kong cancelled on-campus classes and meetings and moved all teaching online. Classes are set to resume in 6 weeks, but that may be extended. My kids’ school will be closed for at least 12 weeks in total (!).
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[THREAD-1of8] #Debunking #Protester Lies Spin & #Propaganda in #HongKong's #ColorRevolution

New Years Day- Civil HR Front sponsored Protest- masked man gave statements to #AppleDaily that undercover police smashed window & broke into China Life Ins. Centre, all now proven #FALSE
[THREAD-2of8] #Debunking #Protester Lies Spin & #Propaganda in #HongKong's #ColorRevolution

Unnamed/masked "Protester" provided statements to #AppleDaily reporter and this hearsay was taken as fact without further inquiry or supporting evidence.

#False Statements HERE👇
[THREAD-3of8] #Debunking #Protester Lies Spin & #Propaganda in #HongKong's #ColorRevolution

#CHRF, aff. w "pan-Democrats" & NGOs supporting #HKProtests, posted on FB page as fact despite lacking verification.This anti-Police story went #viral across their networks.
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#THREAD HK Education Minister said the authority will adopt harsher measures on teachers arrested and complained in protest-related incidents to “correct mistakes”.
Around 80 teachers were arrested in #HKProtests and 123 complaints on teachers were filed to the Buro.
Among the 123 complaints, 74 have completed probe. 44 were found valid. 13/44 have received foloup actions including 7 extortion letters, 5 condemnation letters, 1 warning letter. 31 cases are waiting for or considering teachers’ explanations.
1 government school teacher was suspended for using “inappropriate teaching materials”
2 subsidised school teachers were suspended for speech that has “deviated common values recognised by the society”.
2 teachers left their jobs amid complaints and probes.
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People following Xinjiang related issues on Twitter recently may have seen a few tweets like this. On a hunch that Emma Stone might not be re-tweeting the Global Times’ denial of the repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, @tomatospy and I took a closer look.
We found that the accounts obsessively sharing the Global Times article were part of what appears to be a massive spambot network in the making. We identified 375+ related accounts, many of which use the photos of random celebrities.
All of the accounts were created in 2019, but it's not clear who by or for what purpose. Only a relatively small proportion have tweeted on issues relating to China or Xinjiang. Many have barely been used other than what looks like a test tweet - 'Hello [own name]'
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We need to chart a path through inter-imperialist disinformation war over Twitter. The battle for #HongKong provides some powerful examples of what we're up against. It's not only China or Russia who are engaging in it. This article tells the story. 1/…
Many social media platforms removed Chinese state sponsored accounts for engaging in disinformation around Hong Kong. Many of these were low-level amplification bots tweeting things like 𝙃𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙆𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 or spamming the CN flag. 2/
In over-adjustment to the history or US meddling many people refuse to acknowledge any legitimacy to the #HongKongProtests or to claims of disinformation by the Chinese state. They go as far as claiming that the use of barricades or non-violent direct action = US interference. 3/
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Sebuah panduan taktik para demonstran di Hongkong ketika berunjuk rasa. Panduan yang mungkin akan berguna saat melakukan aksi turun ke jalan.

Cara meredam gas air mata: jangan lupa bawa tumbler, tak lupa sarung tangan anti panas.
Jangan lupa bawa sarung tangan anti-panas. Suhu proyektil gas air mata yang baru ditembakkan bisa capai 70 derajat. Cukup buat kulitmu terkelupas.
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Hi Patriots!

Today #Salvini & italian Patriots attend a rally to say NO to Democrats' Government!

Fake News MSM won't show this!

Please,help us share!🇮🇹

#Italia #9settembre #Lega #ElezioniSubito #Trump #WWG1WGA #Europe #Montecitorio #GiletsJaunes #MAGA
The crowd is even bigger!
But the police are preventing people from entering the main square of the rally!

We won't let them silence us
🇮🇹 🇮🇹 🇮🇹

Please, RT!

#Salvini #Lega #9settembre #ElezioniSubito #Italy #MAGA @POTUS #GiletsJaunes #HongKongProtests
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#AntiELAB protesters are filling up Central’s Chater Garden yet again today for a rally calling on US Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, a proposed bill to freeze the assets of local officials working against civic feeedoms and to bar them from the US.
The dress code for today is “smart casual.” Or in this case, black tie.
A new set of chants, all in English, is being airdropped by protesters today along with the lyrics to the US national anthem and other patriotic hymns.
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Live from Prince Edward - Riot police are now chasing a group of protesters who earlier set up a big fire in the area.
Police are now heading west on Nathan Road while bystanders are angrily calling them dark society. The situation is super chaotic.
Police are now at the intersection of Nathan road and Prince Edward Road.
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My @ASPI_ICPC colleagues @tomatospy @JakeWallis_ASPI and I have spent the last week digging into the data released by Twitter in connection to a state-backed information operation targeting the Hong Kong protests. Here's what we found: THREAD
As initially suspected, the campaign targeting #HongKongProtesters appears to have been hastily assembled with a mix of a small number of purpose-made accounts and a much larger network of repurposed marketing and spam accounts.
In this account, for example, we can clearly see a change of behaviour from 2018 its initial purpose, which seems to have been mostly spamming in English, to a much lower volume of tweets directed at the #HKprotests in 2019.
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Just 15 minutes into the “Stuck with You” pressure test protest at Hong Kong International Airport and there are already several hundred #antiELAB protesters gathered outside at the airport bus terminus. These things tend not to get serious until a few hours after the start time.
Additional security measures put into place after protesters occupied the airport last month mean they can’t enter the terminal building. Access into the airport is constricted to a few chikepoints, but there is already a heavy police presence in and around HKIA. #HKprotests
Airport Express services have already been terminated and protesters are marching over from Tung Chung. Meanwhile inside the terminal police are stockpiling crowd control gear.

(Pic via Telegram)
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This weekend, demonstrators attempted to tear down some of the city's 50 newly-installed "smart lamp posts" - which have #cameras & #sensors - in a #protest against perceived government #surveillance.

#HKprotests #FacialRecognition #AntiSurveillance
Smart lamp posts facing residential areas will not have video cameras installed to protect the privacy of citizens. <br />
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Photo: Felix WongLeft to right: Dantes Tang, senior systems manager, Innovation and Technology Bureau and Cheng Chung-shan, senior engineer, Highways Department with one of the new smart lamp posts. <br />
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Photo: Felix Wong
As state #surveillance becomes more advanced - Activists, designers & artists around the world are inventing creative ways to avoid detection. #HKprotests #HongKongProtesters #AntiSurveillance
Hoping to raise awareness about the hyper-militarization of #police and all this technology being using against protesters, #PedroOliveira and #XuediChen created a slick-looking #protest kit.

👉🏻 @BackslashCc #HKprotests #AntiSurveillance
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Since Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has again closed stations nearby today’s (authorised) protest march, protesters are sharing this map of the area’s pedestrian footbridge network and are warning each other to avoid Tai Wo Hau Station, since it’s next door to a police station.
Like so many times before, Hongkongers are today making their resolve to 「風雨中抱緊自由」(“hold onto freedom in the wind and rain”) literal, defying rainstorm warnings and gale-force winds earlier in the day to take their struggle to the streets of Kwai Chung.
Protesters laying out bamboo spars to stop traffic pn Yeung Uk and Luen Yan
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🔴 HKFP_Live: Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay to protest the extradition bill and the installation of “smart lampposts”:…

#hongkong #antiELAB #china
Kwun Tong’s Tsun Yip Street Playground is filled with protesters on Saturday afternoon despite the closure of four MTR stations in the vicinity following Chinese pressure.

Full story:…

Photo: HKFP. #hongkong #antielab #china
Organiser Ventus Lau leads the Kwun Tong march with chants reiterating the protesters five demands at 2pm.

In full: #hongkong #antiELAB
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Since the start of #HKprotests in June, I’ve been asked repeatedly about Beijing’s strategy. For weeks, I have said Beijing is scrambling to come up with an effective response. However, this has changed. Over the last weeks, a full picture of this strategy has emerged.

What is BJ's goal? Short term: end continuing mass protests, through force if necessary. Long term: tighten control, bringing/assimilating the city & its people into PRC’s political system. Essentially, Beijing wants to control HKers in the same way as it does the rest of the PRC
There are six elements to Beijing’s HK strategy:

1. Provide strong support to the HK Government & Police to enable & encourage tougher tactics against protesters. Already, we are seeing rising police violence:

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Tonight #antiELAB protestors are gathering at the Space Museum in TST for a unique form of protest: stargazing. After BUSU president Keith Fong was arrested yesterday for possessing laser pointers, it’s a jibe against police's insistence that these constitute “offensive weapons”.
It also happens to be 七夕 today, a traditional time for stargazing. AKA Chinese Valentine’s, it’s the one night of the year when the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl—mythical lovers turned into stars and banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way—are reunited by a bridge of magpies.
Come for the laser show, stay for the fight against tyranny. #hkprotests #FreeHongKong
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