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Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

July 13, 2020 3:43 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Thirteen prominent Hong Kong democracy activists appeared in court on Monday (July 13) charged with holding an unauthorised gathering to mark the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the latest in a string of prosecutions against protest leaders in the restless financial hub.

Protests and Hong Kong

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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What's next for America; protests & pandemic; Hong Kong autonomy
What's Next for America,; Protests & Pandemic; Hong Kong Autonomy | World In :60 | GZERO Media

What's next for America; protests & pandemic; Hong Kong autonomy

On the latest edition of World In 60 Seconds, Ian Bremmer brings an extra-long analysis to pressing issues:

Pandemic, economic depression and now mass protests. What's next for America?

I'm not surprised by this level of dissent publicly, given how long social inequality has persisted and how much worse it's being made by coronavirus. You're going to see a lot of people on the streets because we've got 25% unemployment right now. A lot of people are going to go back to work, but a lot aren't. It's heading towards the summer, people are soon coming out of lockdown and may feel safer in terms of the pandemic, especially in NY and in LA where the caseload has gone down. We also have very deep divisions.

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Chinese cartoonist Badiucao slams Twitter for refusing Tiananmen emoji

June 06, 2019 3:40 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Chinese artist Badiucao, whose anonymous political satire infuriated Beijing and earned him comparisons to Banksy, on Thursday (June 6) announced a protest campaign against Twitter over what he says is its pandering to China.

China denounces US, EU criticism over Tiananmen

June 05, 2019 5:00 AM

The rapidly deteriorating ties between the United States and China took another turn for the worse yesterday as the two locked horns over Beijing's human rights record on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.

Incident still taboo; young Chinese focus on path ahead

June 04, 2019 5:00 AM

Tsinghua University student Megan Li (not her real name) was asked what her parents' political views were regarding the 1989 Tiananmen protests when she was applying to be a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) member about five years ago.

Despite harassment, victims' families fight to find the truth

June 04, 2019 5:00 AM

Madam Zhang Xianling knows that every year, at this time, she will get a few "visitors" who will stand guard at her ninth-floor lift landing or at the stairway, or park themselves downstairs and insist on taking her wherever she wants to go.

30 years after Tiananmen, a Chinese military insider warns: Never forget

May 29, 2019 11:23 AM

BEIJING (NYTIMES) - For three decades, Ms Jiang Lin kept quiet about the carnage she had seen on the night when the Chinese army rolled through Beijing to crush student protests in Tiananmen Square.

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