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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.

FTSCMP

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 mentionsJimmy 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