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5 HK Democracy Leaders Are Going to Prison

They were found guilty of organizing unauthorized march in 2019

(Newser) - A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing a march during the 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing. A total of nine advocates were given jail terms, but four...

7 Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Found Guilty

They could get up to 10 years for taking part in rally against extradition law

(Newser) - Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates were convicted Thursday on charges of organizing and participating in an unlawful assembly during massive anti-government protests in 2019 that triggered a crackdown on dissent, the AP reports. The seven include media tycoon and founder of the Apple Daily tabloid Jimmy Lai, as well as...

China 'Effectively Ends' Hong Kong Democracy

Legislature voted 2,895-0 to approve changes

(Newser) - China's ceremonial parliament has approved a resolution to alter Hong Kong's election law that many see as effectively ending the city's already weakened local democracy. By a vote of 2,895-0, with one abstention, the National People’s Congress voted to give a pro-Beijing committee power to...

China Makes Another Big Move on Hong Kong

Pro-Beijing committee will choose many legislators, vet other candidates

(Newser) - A largely pro-Beijing committee that elects Hong Kong’s leader will also choose a large part of the legislature, a top Chinese official announced Friday as part of a major revamp that will tighten central government control over Hong Kong politics. The changes are part of a draft decision submitted...

47 Hong Kong Activists Could Face Life Sentences for Organizing Primary

They've been charged with subversion under Beijing's national security law

(Newser) - Hong Kong democracy supporters are being locked up in jail, charged with being a threat to national security. Their arrests come under a new security law imposed on the semi-autonomous Chinese territory by Beijing that has largely silenced dissent in Hong Kong after months of anti-government protests in 2019. Those...

Thousands Locked Down in Hong Kong Neighborhood

The city is battling a fresh wave of coronavirus

(Newser) - Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down in their homes Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the city, the AP reports. Authorities said in a statement that an area comprising 16 buildings in the city's Yau Tsim Mong district would be locked...

Man in Wheelchair Pulls Himself 800 Feet Up Skyscraper

Hong Kong man raised $700K for spinal cord patients

(Newser) - Lai Chi-wai is disappointed that he didn't finish his climb Saturday—but since he managed to climb most of the way up a 1,050-foot skyscraper in a wheelchair, raising more than $700,000 for charity in the process, most people consider it an incredible success. Lai was considered...

US Lawyer Among 53 Arrested in Hong Kong Crackdown

Their 'crime' was organizing unofficial primaries

(Newser) - Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents, including an American human rights lawyer, on Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory's legislature last year. The mass arrests were the largest move against Hong Kong's...

In Hong Kong, a 'Crisis for the Judiciary'

Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai back in prison after being released on bail

(Newser) - Media mogul Jimmy Lai, the most prominent person to be charged under Hong Kong's broad new national-security law, was released from prison last week on $1.3 million bail to await his trial in April. On Thursday, however, the city's highest court delivered some bad news to the...

Teen Sent to Prison for Insulting China's Flag

Hong Kong's Tony Chung, 19, sentenced over new security law

(Newser) - A pro-democracy student leader has been sentenced to four months in prison on charges stemming from a demonstration last year, the first public political figure convicted under Hong Kong's new security law . The maximum sentence Tony Chung faced was three years' imprisonment, the BBC reports. The 19-year-old was convicted...

Hong Kong Tycoon Faces Potential Life Sentence

Jimmy Lai charged under the city’s national security law

(Newser) - Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been charged under the city’s national security law, amid a widening crackdown on dissent, according to local media reports. Lai, who founded the Apple Daily tabloid, was charged on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security,...

Key Hong Kong Activists Sentenced to Prison

Trio are jailed amid crackdown on dissent

(Newser) - Three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to prison Wednesday for a protest outside police headquarters as authorities stepped up a crackdown on opposition to tighten control by Beijing over the territory. The activists—Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam—are among more than 10,000 people who...

Carrie Lam: I Have Piles of Cash but No Bank Account

Hong Kong boss blames US sanctions

(Newser) - Hong Kong's chief executive says she deals only in cash. "I have piles of cash at home," Carrie Lam said. "The government is paying me cash for my salary because I don't have a bank account." US penalties are the reason, she said. The...

'Ruthless Move' Spurs Mass Resignation of HK Lawmakers

15 pro-democracy politicians step down after 4 colleagues were disqualified by Hong Kong's gov't

(Newser) - Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers said Wednesday they were resigning en masse following a move by the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's government to disqualify four of their fellow pro-democracy legislators. The 15 lawmakers announced the move in a news conference Wednesday, hours after the Hong Kong government said it was...

Hong Kong Launches Snitching Hotline

Human rights activists push back on way to report alleged violations of national security law

(Newser) - The Hong Kong police really want to know if there's anyone in your neighborhood who's violating the national security law put in place earlier this year to stop secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activity. Toward that end, there's now a hotline that people can call to effectively tattle...

China: We're Ready to Start Detaining Americans

'It's a real game-changer'

(Newser) - Chinese officials say they're ready for a dangerous game of tit-for-tat, the Wall Street Journal reports. They're telling Washington that China may round up US nationals there unless charges against Chinese military-affiliated scholars in America are dropped. The warnings, sent through several channels—including Beijing's US Embassy—...

It Was Worth a Fortune —Then He Cut It in Half

Hong Kong buyer apparently thought scroll by Mao was a fake

(Newser) - Hong Kong police delivered some good news and bad news to a collector of antique artifacts. The good: They recovered a long scroll of calligraphy written by none other than Mao Zedong that had been stolen from the collector's apartment. The bad: It seems that the thieves who stole...

Hong Kong Arrests 86 for Protesting on China's National Day

Cops heavily outnumbered protesters

(Newser) - Hong Kong police arrested at least 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds gathered on the streets of a popular shopping district and other areas chanting pro-democracy slogans, the AP reports. Those arrested included four district councilors, police said in a statement...

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Criticism Mounts of Disney's Mulan

Credits thank China for allowing it to be filmed in areas where human rights abuses are alleged

(Newser) - Disney's new Mulan, a live-action remake of the animated original, is now streaming on Disney Plus, but the film is once again courting controversy. Much of it sprang up over the weekend when critics on social media noted that the film's credits thank the Chinese government for allowing...

Hong Kong Cops Violently Arrest Girl, 12

Relatives say she was out buying school supplies

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl whose family says she was out buying school supplies was among almost 300 people arrested on Sunday as Hong Kongers protested the postponement of local elections. Video of the girl's violent arrest in the Mong Kong district has gone viral, though police insist they used "...

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