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Government expels four opposition members from the Legislative Council

 The four: Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki, Kenneth Leung and Alvin Yeung. All had been barred from running for re-election in the now-postponed Legislative Council elections previously due to be held in September. The expulsions immediately followed the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passing a resolution requiring that lawmakers who promoted or supported Hong Kong independence or refused to admit China’s exercise of sovereignty over the city should be considered in breach of their oath of allegiance to the SAR and removed. HKFP NYT  

Ted Hui becomes eighth legislative councillor arrested

Ted Hui was arrested this morning in connection with a Legislative Council meeting held in May. HKFP NYT

Seven opposition Legislative Councillors arrested

The seven were arrested on charges of contempt and interference with Legislative Council officers. SCMP  

Hong Kong’s GDP down 3.4% in Q3 2020

The government reported Q3 2020 GDP being down 3.4% compared with same quarter a year ago and up 3% compared with Q2 2020. Government announcement [Data below updated to Third Quarter Economic Report 2020 , issued on 13 November 2020.] Yoy GDP change, % 2018 Q1   4.6 Q2   3.5 Q3   2.9 Q4   1.2 2019 Q1   0.7 Q2   0.4 Q3  -2.8 Q4  -3.0 2020 Q1  -9.1 Q2  -9.0 Q3  -3.5

Tony Chung charged with secession

As well as being charged with secession under the national security law, Chung also faces two charges of money laundering and one of conspiring to publish seditious materials. Chung was denied bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 7 January 2021. HKFP

Police to establish national security hot-line

The police announced they would be opening a national security hot-line, probably in November, for members of the public to give information about possible national security threats. SCMP

Tony Chung arrested near US consulate

Police arrested Tony Chung, former convenor of pro-independence group Studentlocalism,near the US Consulate. Local media reported he was intending to ask for asylum in the consulate. HKFP

People Power's Tam Tak-chi charged with sedition


Hong Kong’s GDP down 9% in Q2 2020

The government reported Q2 2020 GDP being down 9% compared with same quarter a year ago and down 0.1% compared with Q1 2020.  Yoy GDP change, % 2018 Q1   4.6 Q2   3.5 Q3   2.9 Q4   1.2 2019 Q1   0.6 Q2   0.4 Q3  -2.8 Q4  -2.9 2020 Q1  -9.1 Q2  -9.0

Jimmy Lai arrested, Apple Daily raided

Lai arrested for "foreign collusion".  Six others, including two of his sons, also arrested.  Guardian

Four students arrested for national security crimes

Four students - three male, one female, aged 16-21 - arrested for organising and inciting secessionist activities . RTHK SCMP HKFP

Hong Kong University sacks Benny Tai

Technically, the university's Governing Council sacked him. Its Senate had determined there were insufficient grounds for Tai's removal. Guardian

UK suspends extradition arrangement with Hong Kong

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the agreement was being suspended indefinitely due to Beijing's imposition of its National Security Law. Raab also said also plans would be in place for a path to UK citizenship for around 3 million Hong Kong people by early 2021. BBC

No British judges for Court of Final Appeal?

President of UK’s Supreme Court suggested that British judges might not be able to continue to serve if the National Security Law casts judicial independence and Hong Kong’s rule of law into doubt. SCMP

Au Nok-hin withdraws from organising role

Au resigned following statements from Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong that those who organised the oppositions primaries held on could have breach the National Security Law. SCMP

Police raid Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute

Police raided the institute's office in Wong Chuk Hang in the evening with a warrant to investigate allegations of dishonest use of a computer. HKFP

Protests across Hong Kong mark first anniversary of surrounding of LegCo

Protest on 12 June 2019 saw first major clash between police and pro-democracy demonstrators. Guardian

Pro-democracy groups to hold primaries for September LegCo elections

A group of pro-democracy activists announced plans to hold primaries for five directly elected geographical constituencies, the five district council “super seats” and the health services functional constituency. The primaries are scheduled to take place on 11-12 July. HKFP

Trump says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China so he will end its trade privileges

Trump says the US will start to remove Hong Kong's trade privileges with the US, but gives no details on specific measures or a timetable. SCMP

NPC approves drafting of Hong Kong security law

NPC delegates voted almost unanimously to charge the NPC Standing Committee to go ahead and draft the law. Guardian

China to introduce security law through NPC

Li Keqiang announced that China would be putting in place laws and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong. Change seen in NPC agenda released Thursday, which included an item on improving national security in Hong Kong. FT SCMP

Hong Kong's GDP down 8.9% in Q1 2020

The government confirmed earlier reports of Q1 2020 GDP being down 8.9% compared with same quarter a year ago and down 5.3% compared with Q4 2019. Reuters Yoy GDP change, % 2018 Q1   4.6 Q2   3.5 Q3   2.9 Q4   1.2 2019 Q1   0.6 Q2   0.4 Q3  -2.8 Q4  -2.9 2020 Q1  -8.9

HKMAO calls protesters "political virus" which must be eliminated

Statement issued by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office called protesters a “political virus”. It also said calm would not return to Hong Kong until “poisonous” and “violent” black-clad demonstrators are eliminated. Guardian

Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai among 14 leading opposition figures arrested

SCMP RTHK  The 14 appear to be: Jimmy Lai Martin Lee Albert Ho Lee Cheuk-yan Leung Kwok- hung (‘Long Hair’) Au Nok-hin Yeung Sum *Sin Chung Kai Cyd Ho Sau-lan Raphael Wong Ho-ming *Figo-Chan Ho-wun Avery Ng Man-yuen Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee Richard Tsoi (One account mentions Jimmy Sham, but I think that's not right.)

Liaison office says its actions don't constitute interference

Office says its is not subject to Basic Law's Article 22 restrictions barring central government departments from interfering in local affairs. RTHK

Quarter of retail stores to close by end of 2020

Hong Kong Retail Management Association says 17,200 of 62,400 shops to shut by year-end. It says 2,000 are expected to close in February to April, 3,200 in May, 6,600 for May-August and 8,600 for September to December. Reuters

Liaison office head calls for Hong Kong to introduce national security legislation as soon as possible

Luo Huining made the call in a video clip issued to mark “National Security Education Day”. The Standard Guardian  

Beijing intent on eroding judicial independence – Reuters special report

“Three of Hong Kong’s most senior judges told Reuters that the independent judiciary, the cornerstone of the city’s broad freedoms, is in a fight for its survival.” Full text of report .

Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office says oppostion filibustering disrupts normal operations of LegCo

The office made the claim in a statement issued on its website. It also said that by filibustering the opposition lawmakers might have breached their oaths of office and be guilty of misconduct. RTHK

Court of appeal partially overturns mask ban

Court of Appeal rejects ban on wearing masks at authorised protests, but rules it ok for unauthorised ones. HKFP 10 Apr 20 - Pro-democracy lawmakers say they will take the to the Court of Final Appeal. HKFP

Liasion office head calls for “comprehensive legal and enforcement mechanisms” to safeguard national security

Luo Huining, head of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, called for the measures in a review of the “one country, two systems” framework in an article published on the office’s website. The South China Morning Post quoted him as writing: “Hong Kong’s long-term stability can only be achieved by establishing comprehensive legal system and enforcement mechanisms to safeguard national security, strengthening the corresponding law enforcement power, and preventing external forces from intervening in Hong Kong affairs and carrying out activities of division, subversion, infiltration and sabotage.” SCMP

New leader for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office

China upgrades Hong Kong affairs with new chief for HKMAO SCMP Profile of Xia Baolong SCMP Analysis SCMP

Corona virus contributes to changing direction of protest movement

Protest momentum remains, but taking new directions. SCMP

Hong Kong's GDP down 2.9% yoy in Q4

Q4 GDP was -2.9% compared with same quarter a year ago and -0.4% from Q3. For the whole of 2019, real GDP contracted by 1.2%, its first annual decline since 2009. Reuters (Also reports a lot more gloomy numbers.) Yoy GDP change, % 2018 Q1   4.6 Q2   3.5 Q3   2.9 Q4   1.2 2019 Q1   0.6 Q2   0.4 Q3  -2.8* Q4  -2.9 *Revised upward from -2.9.

Hong Kong reports its first two cases of coronavirus

One was a mainland Chinese tourist, 39, who arrived at West Kowloon high-speed railway station on West Kowloon on Tuesday 21 January. Other was a Hong Kong man, 56, who had visited Wuhan. SCMP

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong due to government failings

The rating agency cut Hong Kong’s sovereign credit rating from Aa3 from Aa2. In September, Fitch Ratings cut Hong Kong’s rating from AA+ to AA. SCMP

Chater Garden protest ended early, plain clothes police beaten, tear gas fired, organiser arrested

Protest called by Hong Kong Civil Assembly Team to demand changes in November 2020 Legislative Council elections/oppose communism. SCMP / HKFP Organiser Ventus Lau arrested. RTHK Organisers said 150,000 people took part in the rally. Police said 11,680 attended at its peak. RTHK

Government to spend HK$10 billion on relief measures

Spending targets the old, the unemployed and those on low-incomes. Reuters

New year's day protest ends with tear gas

March from Victoria Park to Central ended early after police tear gas fired. BBC Followed by mass arrests. Video - SCMP