📡Guardians of Hong Kong
22.8K members
16.5K photos
1.75K videos
27 files
6.31K links
We provide translation of news in English from local media and other sources, for academic use.
Facebook: http://bit.ly/BeWaterHongKong
Twitter: @BeWaterHKG
Instagram: @guardiansofhk
Website: https://guardiansofhk.com/
Download Telegram
to view and join the conversation
HSBC Reportedly Stops Posting on Social Media amid Scandals to Avoid Criticism

Having recently been implicated in such scandals as potentially being named in China’s list of unreliable entities, according to state media, and having processed funds associated with a Ponzi scheme, HSBC Holdings (0005) has instructed its employees to stop actively posting on social media platforms other than to respond to customer inquiries to avoid criticisms, says Bloomberg.

Bloomberg quoted an internal memo from Tricia Weener, marketing head of the bank’s global commercial and investment banking section, as saying that in view of the recent news, the bank had decided to stop actively posting on social media other than to address customer inquiries. This was to avoid the negative reactions, she explained. The ban was to last until 11 am UK time, 22 September for the moment.

HSBC has dozens of social media accounts across the globe, providing information on financial services and promoting its products. In June 2020, a photo was uploaded to the bank’s WeChat account showing its vice chairman and CEO Peter Wong Tung-shun signing a petition in support of the Hong Kong national security law at a booth on the streets. The photo has since caused controversy.

Source: Stand News #Sep22

#HSBC #China #SocialMedia #Finance

https://bit.ly/2GcCheB
#neverforget #FirstHand
Due to Black Rainstorm Warning, District Councillors called an end early at around 8 o'clock. The citizens who came late in heavy rain to offer flower, put the white flowers on the street fence.

===
Related news

13 months after: #NeverForget the Police 8.31 Attack of Prince Edward Station
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/25630
This media is not supported in your browser
VIEW IN TELEGRAM
#FirstHand #Sept30 #NeverForget
Police Officers Dispose of Citizen's Tributes On Site

20:50 | Prince Edward Station, Hong Kong

The video shows police officers throwing citizen's tributes into a trash bag.

Despite the heavy rain, citizens lined up orderly while respecting social distance to lay white flowers outside the Prince Edward Station.

13 months ago, police aggressively attacked and arrested civilians inside the train compartment and on the platform with baton and pepper spray. The police also barred first aiders and reporters from entering the station to provide medical help and record the scenes.

#Sept30

=====
Related news

13 months after: #NeverForget the Police 8.31 Attack of Prince Edward Station
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/25638
#FirstHand #Sept30 #PrinceEdward831
Hongkongers Pay Tribute to Victims of Police Brutality Despite Heavy Rain and Police Presence

Police Officers Dispose of Citizen's Tributes On Site:

https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/25639

13 months after: #NeverForget the Police 8.31 Attack of Prince Edward Station:

https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/25638
#Save12HKYouths #Breaking
China's Court Approves the 'Arrests' of Pro-democracy Hongkongers Already Detained in China and Might Sentence At Least Two People to Up to 7 years' Imprisonment

Read more
⬇️⬇️
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/25643
#Save12HKYouths #Breaking
China's Court Approves the 'Arrests' of Pro-democracy Hongkongers Already Detained in China and Might Sentence At Least Two People to Up to 7 years' Imprisonment

1. On September 30, 2020 in Shenzhen, the Yantian District People's Procuratorate approved the 'arresst' of the 12 pro-democracy Hong Kong civilians who have been captured on a speedboat and detained in China for over a month since August 23, 2020.

Among them, Quinn Moon and Tang Kai-yin, were charged on suspicion of organising others to cross the border illegally, while the other 10 were charged for illegal crossing of the border.

2. The bail request of 5 detainees were rejected. According to PRC criminal law, illegal crossing of border will be sentenced to a maximum of 1 year's imprisonment, while those who are convicted of organising others to cross the border illegally can be jailed for 2 to 7 years.

Pro-democracy activist Owen Chow pointed out that China tried to justify the detention of the 12 Hongkongers before the PRC's national day on October 1.

Editor's note: The conviction rate of China's courts is 99.9% in 2019, according to the figures cited by New York Times.

Source: Owen Chow’s Facebook #Sept30
#SunshineJustice #ChinaCourts
#Poll #ToFreedom
61% Respondents in Hong Kong Are Willing to Spend A Lifetime in Pursuit of Freedom

Source: Stand News #Sept15

Read more
⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
#Poll #ToFreedom
61% Respondents in Hong Kong Are Willing to Spend A Lifetime in Pursuit of Freedom

In a survey conducted by Stand News, 90% of respondents identified themselves with the localist group or the pan-democracy camp.

In the localist group, 75% of them were determined and would continue the fight for democracy; while in the pan-democracy camp, about 60% of them would continue.

Regarding the question of “how long Hong Kong would become a democratic society”, 60% of the respondents thought that it would never happen. 40% of the centrist camp/neutral fraction and 29% of pan-democracy camp constitute this tier.

Another 28% of the overall respondents estimated a duration of around 10-29 years for Hong Kong to be democratized. This estimation scored the highest among the localist group (27%).

In other words, localist supporters are more optimistic about the future than the pan-democracy camp, as relatively more people from the localist group believe that it would take shorter time to achieve democracy.

When asked the duration of time they could wait for democracy, 61% of them said they were willing to spend their lifetime in pursuit of democracy.

Source: Stand News #Sept15
https://bit.ly/32uACdi

#HongKongProtests #Democracy #FightForFreedom
#PoliticalOppression #Censorship
HK Authorities Ban #LIHKGPig Motif from Mid-autumn Festival Decorations, Calling it “Unsettling”

Source: Stand News #Sept26

Read more
⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
#PoliticalOppression #Censorship
HK Authorities Ban #LIHKGPig Motif from Mid-autumn Festival Decorations, Calling it “Unsettling”

The Yau Tsim Mong District Council in Hong Kong earlier proposed the inclusion of the LIHKG pig motif into festival decoration designs.

However, the Government's Home Affairs Department (#HAD) rejected the design, calling it “controversial” and “unsettling” which might jeopardize social harmony. HAD also threatened the District Councilors with the rejection of the whole proposal should organizers insisted keeping the LIHKG pig design.

Ben Lam Siu-pan, Councilor of Yau Tsim Mong District criticized HAD’s decision as an apparent case of political censorship. He would seek clarification from the Obscene Articles Tribunal on whether the LIHKG pig is “unsettling” to social harmony.

Source: Stand News #Sept26

#MidAutumn #LanternFestival
#Lantern #LiHKG
#MoonFestival #FullMoon
Pro-democracy Hongkongers Turn Handmade Giant Lantern into Lennon Wall

Source: Apple Daily #Sept30

Read more
⬇️⬇️⬇️
#MoonFestival #FullMoon
Pro-democracy Hongkongers Turn Handmade Giant Lantern into Lennon Wall

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family reunion, but 12 pro-democracy Hongkongers detained in China were barred by the Chinese authorities from meeting their family.

Tsuen Wan district councillor Adrian Lau and volunteers have made a 1.5 m tall giant rabbit lantern and have it displayed at Exit A of Tsuen Wan subway station to the direction of D•Park between 5 and 8 pm on 30 September, 2020.

The lantern became a make-shift Lennon Wall for citizens to put up memos. Many showed support for fellow citizens who share the same value and the 12 pro-democracy Hongkongers currently detained in China.

Lau hopes the lantern "not only brings joy to people during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but also let civilians feel that freedom still exits in Hong Kong.”

Lau said Hongkongers had been keeping social distanc since early this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Personal relationship has been alienated and people cannot even gather during festivals. He hoped that people could relax for a while and write a supportive memo for people sharing the same value through this activity, while respecting safety. Lau said he would read pass the message on the memos to relevant people or organizations later on.

A neighbourhood volunteer, Gigi, said the lantern they made was 8 times larger than a traditional rabbit lantern. They found suitable materials such as wire and plastic tube in hardware shop in the community. Since the previous Saturday, they had been building the giant rabbit lantern by hand step by step.

Lau emphasised that they would abide by the anti-pandemic ordinance 599G by respecting the group gathering ban and limiting any gathering to not more than 4 people. He ensured that the event was legal.

Lau added the police haven’t intervened even when many people queued for free newspapers and he believed that the police would have no reason to suppress the activity.

Source: Apple Daily #Sept30
https://hk.appledaily.com/local/20200930/VVH4VJYDS5ECBPQT254LN67FV4/

#MidAutumnFestival #LanternFestival #Lantern #LennonWall #Save12HKYouths #FamilyReunion

=====
Read more:

On Sept 30, China's Court Approves the 'Arrests' of Pro-democracy Hongkongers Already Detained in China and Might Sentence At Least Two People to Up to 7 years' Imprisonment

https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/25643
#PoliticalAllegiance
#PolyU Management Organizes Flag-raising Ceremony on PRC's National Day; Student Unions Call For Boycott

Source: Apple Daily #Sept30

Read More
⬇️⬇️⬇️
#PoliticalAllegiance #University
#PolyU Management to Organize Flag-raising Ceremony on PRC's National Day; Students Call For Boycott

The Vice-chancellor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Teng Jin-guang sent an email to all departments’ heads, trustees’ board members and the Students' Union on September 30, 2020, informing them of a “simple but solemn flag-raising ceremony” to be held for the “71st anniversary of the founding of the People Republic of China (PRC)” on the next day, October 1, 2020. He invited teachers and students to observe the ceremony in formal costumes in order to "celebrate the achievement of our country".

Such an event has never been organized in the university before. According to sources, it is organized in a rush and was not plan for this year.

The External Vice President of PolyU Students' Union Cheung Ki-Ho revealed that a flag-raising ceremony had a political meaning due to the siege of PolyU during the pro-democracy movement in 2019. “The PolyU [management] wants to show their stance and pledges allegiance to China via this ceremony.”

Cheung questioned why the university authorities only sent invitation to the members of the Students' Union. After checking with the Students' Unions of other universities, no other university in Hong Kong had this arrangement.

The Students' Union has replied to the university that they would not attend. They called on students to don black and take part in a silent protest instead.

Source: Apple Daily #Sept30

#FlagRaisingCeremony #NationalDay #PoliticalAllegiance
#ChungKingMansions #Refugees
Refugee Centre Fundraiser Achieves 200% of Goal for Fire Repairs; Elated Social Worker: "Unexpected Support from Hongkongers!"

Source: InMedia #Sept30

Read more
⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
#ChungKingMansions #Refugees
Refugee Centre Fundraiser Achieves 200% of Goal for Fire Repairs; Elated Social Worker: "Unexpected Support from Hongkongers!"

One unit of the Christian Action Refugee Service Centre in Chungking Mansions wasdestroyed by an air conditioner fire at the end of August 2020.

The space has served refugees for 14 years since it has been put to use. The organization launched a crowdfunding to rebuild the units with a goal of HKD 800,000, and successfully raised more than 1.6 million, over twice the expected amount.

Social worker Jeffrey Andrews, who has been working at the center for 11 years, was excited at the exceptional result of the fundraiser, and still feels it was hard to believe: "It's too much!" Having spent years serving the refugee community, he knows that this minority group has been neglected by society.

Unexpectedly, this time they received a lot of support, and moreover, most of the donors are local Hongkongers. He is pleased to see that the crisis has turned into an opportunity, and the funds raised are enough to carry out a major renovation for the three units of the centre and improve the quality of services.

Looking back on the past year, Andrews noticed that Hong Kong people’s attitude towards minorities and refugees has changed dramatically. It all started in October 2019. He and his friends distributed water bottles to the protesters outside Chungking Mansions, which became an opportunity for the two groups to get to know each other and sincerely connect. "I think it's beautiful, and it's better than money!"

The social event has also made Hongkongers understand that their own fates and that of the refugees are not all that different, after all.

Source: InMedia #Sept30

https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1077816

#EthnicMinorities #Hongkongers #Solidarity #CrowdFunding #JeffreyAndrews #ChristianActionRefugeesServiceCenter