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#FirstHand #Sept19
Leading Trade Unions Confederation in Hong Kong disbands after leaders received death threats

On September 19, 2021, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (#CTU) announced disbandment.

Leaders of the group said a special general meeting is scheduled on October 3, 2021 to vote the decision through.

Chairman of the Confederation, #WongDikYuen, told press in a briefing that members of the group, one after another, have been receiving life-threatening messages, that if the Confederation continues its operation, their personal safety might be in risk.

Wong declined to divulge details of these messages nor sources. Chocked in emotions, he apologised to Hong Kong people, "Apologies, Hongkongers. #CTU can not carry on."

In the briefing, Wong also denied allegation of foreign collusion saying that it is a standing practice for the Conferation to stay in close connection with overseas organisations.

Vice-chairman, #LeoTang Kin-wah said members will showcase achievements of the Conferation in an exhibition planned to commemorate the group's 30th anniversary later this year.

In closing, Tang called for Hongkongers to "#AddOil".

Source: First Hand; #Sept19

#Crackdown #Regime #PoliticalSuppression #WhiteTerror #CivilSociety
Hong Kong's Secretary Chief Accuses Pro-democracy Groups for "Spreading hatred for HK and Beijing Governments" in Prisons with Chocolate

Source: InMedia #Sept7

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Hong Kong's Secretary Chief Accuses Pro-democracy Groups for "Spreading hatred for HK and Beijing Governments" in Prisons with Chocolate

On September 7, 2021, Hong Kong SAR Government's Secretary for Security, Chris Tang Ping-Keung, accused pro-democracy groups of "threatening national security" in the prisons of Hong Kong.

Tang said, "Somebody creates privilege with prison supplies, including chocolate, and solicits followers in prison, as a result to spread hatred for the Hong Kong and the Central Governments, threatening national security".

Tang also named 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund for sending letters to people in prison, calling them to keep up protesting.

Social worker and former legislator Bottle Shiu Ka-Chun, the founder of a prisoner rights organisation #Wallfare, spoke to InmediaHK. Shiu said that ordinary people can hardly understand Tang's jumpy logic. He emphasised that the so-called "followers" cannot be solicited with those childish method.

"Or you can give 2 packs of chocolate to the prison and ask for an immediate follow. Then, there is no point doing national security education to have a peaceful world," Shiu remarked.

Pro-Beijing newspaper agencies called the prison in Hong Kong as "a place for Anti-China and Anti-HK". Tang also used the exact same phrase. Shiu disagreed and said, "They [pro-democracy protesters] have already lost their freedom and are all arrested. They live according to your will everyday. How are they still messing up Hong Kong?"

[Editor's Notes: Wall-fare, a concern group supporting pro-democracy protesters, announced its disbandment on September 14, 2021 due to the "pressure" faced by the founder and the volunteers.]

Source: InMedia #Sept7
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/31046

#BottleShiu #ChrisTang #Prison #NationalSecurity #MandMs #Chocolate #WhiteTerror
National Security Police arrests Pro-democracy Hong Kong Students, Seizing Snacks, Lotion and Books

On September 20, 2021, the National Security Police in Hong Kong arrested three students. One of them belonged to the pro-democracy student group #StudentPoliticism, while the other are former members.

At around 6:40am, the police arrested the group's convenor #WongYatChin, former secretary #ChanChinSum and former spokeperson #ChuWaiYing.

According to the group's published on statement on Facebook, the police also raided the group's storage room in the Wah Sing Industrial Building in Kwai Chung at around 11am.

The police took away around 40 boxes which contain M&M's chocolate, baby powder, hand cream, wipes, snacks and books as "evidence".

All these items are allowed by the Correctional Sevices Department to be passed on to people in prison.

At around 12:40pm, the police took Wong with his hands cuffed at the back to a community space run by Student Politicism in Mongkok. The police violently broke the door to enter the space which hosts book drifting and exchange.

At around 16:40pm, the police admitted in a press briefing that the three students were charged with "conspiring to state subversion". One of the reasons claimed by the police is the group's caling for resistance against the "Communist Regime in Hong Kong."

Source: Stand News #Sept20
https://thestandnews.page.link/YyQBGvXciyaHPcrU7

#PoliticalSuppression #Regime #PoliceState #Arrest #Prison #Supply #M&Ms #NationalSecurityLaw
'City Forum’ going off air after broadcasting for 41 years; "Uncles of Victoria Park" may become history

#RTHK #CityForum #SpeakersCorner #FreedomOfSpeech

Source: Stand News; #Sept4

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'City Forum’ going off air after broadcasting for 41 years; "Uncles of Victoria Park" may become history

Sources say that the RTHK programme "City Forum" has been discontinued. The programme is currently on its annual summer break; while it would resume in the second week of September in previous years, RTHK will not be bringing it back this year.

Responding to inquiries, RTHK says that its programming and personnel arrangements are internal matters, and declines to comment. Citing its charter, RTHK emphasizes that it has editorial independence.

City Forum was launched on 13th April, 1980, and had been well received by the public duing its 41-year run. It was usually hosted in Victoria Park, and allows time for attending citizens to take the mic to voice their opinions. Some attendees spoke particularly intensely and had caught the attention of the local press, who affectionately referred to them as "uncles of Victoria Park" and "brothers of Victoria Park".

According to the RTHK website, the programme aims to encourage freedom of speech, reflect public opinion, and provide an open space for citizens to voice their ideas. Topics discussed at the forum covers a wide range of topics in Hong Kong, including livelihood issues, culture, education, finance, the legal system, and many more. The website says that it aims to continue bringing together public opinions "like many streams forming a great river."

#RTHK #CityForum #SpeakersCorner #FreedomOfSpeech

Source: Stand News; #Sept4
https://thestandnews.page.link/m7YzXZBTayXgw9tA7
The 1st Day of Tonyee Chow Hang-tung's Detention due to Inciting Subversion.
Her Family: Her mind is calm and undaunted

Source: Stand News #Sep11
#TonyeeChow #ChowHangTung #NationalSecurityLaw #IncitingSubversion

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The 1st Day of Tonyee Chow Hang-tung's Detention due to Inciting Subversion.
Her Family: Her mind is calm and undaunted

Tonyee Chow Hang-Tung, the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Alliance, was rejected for bail due to the suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power".

Sept 11, 2021 is the first day of her detention. The "Tonyee Chow Pages" on Facebook published a post saying that her family had already visited her. According to her family, Tonyee was in a good spirit with quick reaction, showing that her sleeping quality was better and her mood was calmer than usual. During the visit, Tonyee expressed herself with her favourite poem, "Lime Chanting" written by a Ming Dynasty loyal minister.

The Department of Justice formally prosecuted the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Alliance Lee Cheuk-Yan, Vice-Chairpersons Albert Ho Chun-Yan and Tonyee Chow Hang-Tung with "Inciting Subversion of State Power". The case was brought to the West Kowloon Magistrates' court on Sept 10, during which Chow was asked whether she understood the charge and she replied, "Understood, but it is a ridiculous accusation". She made a bail statement for herself but the bail was denied by Peter Law, the Acting Chief Magistrate and the judge for national security law. The case will be continued on Oct 28, 2021.

Source: Stand News #Sep11

#TonyeeChow #ChowHangTung #HKAlliance #HoChunYan #LeeCheukYan #WestKowloon #MagistratesCourt #NationalSecurityLaw #IncitingSubversion
Facing National Security Charges, Pro-democracy Youth Calls on Hongkongers to "Confront, Challenge and Defeat Fear" Together

In Hong Kong, the convenor of #StudentPoliticism #WongYatChin, together with two former members of the pro-democracy group, were arrested by the police on September 20, 2021. They were charged with breaching the #NationalSecurityLaw by "conspiring to subverting the state".

On the afternoon of September 21, 2021, Wong and former secretary #ChanChinSum were mentioned in court. Wong through his attorney wished Hongkongers a peaceful Mid-Autumn Festival and asked everyone to stay safe.

Wong said, "perhaps this is the test bestowed on me by the era. Hope that we can all live out our life bravely and courageously. May we confront, challenge and defeat fear together."

Source: InMedia #Sept21
Photo: Michael Ho (Taken on June 4, 2021)
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Mid Autumn Festival 2021: May we share the same moon, no matter where we are

September 21, 2021 marks this year's mid-autumn festival, a day that symbolizes reunion.

For many Hongkongers, it proves to be difficult in the context of 2021.

"Though a thousand miles apart,
May we share in this beautiful sight,
Under the waning moon we wait,
Until she shines again, so full and bright"

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Wishing our readers peace on this Mid Autumn festival, from all of us at #BeWater HK.

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Source: Ah To #Sept21

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=417583549736343&id=100044541035098

#Art #LionRock #MoonFestival
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Court Denies Bail on Mid-Autumn Festival for Student Activists in National Security Case

Source: Stand News #Sep21

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Court Denies Bail on Mid-Autumn Festival for Student Activists in National Security Case

In Hong Kong, three student activists arrested on national security charges were denied bail by the West Kowloon Court on September 21, 2021, and their case will be adjourned until November 3, 2021.

Student Politicism's convenor #WongYatChin, as well as former members Chan Chi-sum and Jessica Chu, are remanded in custody, away from family and friends on mid-autumn festival.

Chu was visibly saddened when she heard that her bail was denied. Wong, on the other hand, waved at the court attendees, shouting "happy mid-autumn festival!"

Many family and friends who attended their hearing embraced each other in tears outside the court. A number of citizens also waited outside the building and ran after their prisoner vehicle, shouting farewell and encouragements to the three student activists inside.

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National Security Police arrests Pro-democracy Hong Kong Students, Seizing Snacks, Lotion and Books
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/31089

#MoonFestival #MidAutumnFestival #Court #PoliticalProsecution #Solidarity #NatioanlSecurityLaw

Source: Stand News #Sep21
https://thestandnews.page.link/DsGmjP9ENHu2CxYcA
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FAITH found on Mid-Autumn Festival

On the late evening of mid-Autumn festival on September 21, 2021, Mr Yin set off with his family to #FaiNgoShan (Kowloon Peak) to look at the full moon.

Approaching the "Suicide Wall", they saw a couple of citizens holding neon lights that read #Faith.

Yin took these photos with his mobile phone and shared the "Faith" he found on his Facebook.

Source: 寄寓記語 #Sept21

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