Showing posts from April, 2020

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