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November 11-15, 2019: Battle of #CUHK

// Before the siege at PolyU, there was the violent battle at CUHK. The No. 2 Bridge shall be chronicled into history as the first battlefront for academic freedom.

It was then when I first heard the police shout, "There isn’t enough ammunition, order more to be sent from Wong Tai Sin!", the commander shouted into his intercom.

On the frontline at No.2 Bridge that day, the injured were carried away one by one. Burst eyes, shots to the chest, burnt arms and legs, respiratory problems from breathing in too much mace, and too many more. Yet as the injured retreated one by one, more took their place in the smoke and flames.

On that day, CUHK became a field hospital. Former President of the University Joseph Sung brought Hong Kong's top medical team. They, along with alumni and students, rushed back to defend the school, and as supplies kept coming through, the human chain soon reached from the No.2 Bridge to the School Gate.

On that day, I saw a young protestor go into cardiac arrest after breathing in too much mace. Luckily, he received cardiopulmonary resuscitation and he coughed out most of it, saving his life.

Do not forget what these young people have fought for. Do not forget our history. Chronicle every moment, for the regime is seeking to erase it. //

Source: The People HK #Aug8
#BridgeNo2 #NeverForget #NeverForgive
#1C1S #BasicLaw #Education
HK's Education Bureau disparages “Basic Law”, Claiming Constitution of PRC Applies in Hong Kong

In June, the Education Bureau launched a series of posters as teaching resources for “Constitution” and “Basic Law”. In one of the posters, it stated that the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China applies in Hong Kong; it also stated that Basic Law is not nationwide, so it cannot override Constitution of PRC.

A barrister in Hong Kong suspected the information to be a disparagement of Basic Law, claiming that Constitution of PRC and Basic Law should have the same judicial status in Hong Kong on a legal basis. Only Article 31 of Constitution of PRC is related to the establishment of HKSAR, whereas others are not applicable to Hong Kong.

Moreover, Apple Daily found on the internet that most of the information on that poster copied from a scholar in China supporting Constitution of the People Republic of China.

Source: Apple Daily #Aug13
Without Public Tender and Consultation, Hong Kong SAR Government Allegedly Transfers Benefits

Source: Stand News #Aug7

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Without Public Tender and Consultation, Hong Kong SAR Government Allegedly Transfers Benefits

After arranging free voluntary Covid-19 test for residents in Tsz Wan Shan in July, on 7 Aug, Hong Kong's Home and Affair Department (HAD) announced the extension of the testing service to 86,000 people living in Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong, Tuen Mun and Yau Tsim Mong.

HAD also decided to collaborate with Tung Wah Group of Hospital, Yan Oi Tong and Mongkok Kai-Fong Association Chan Hing Social Service Center to collect samples. Sunrise Diagnostic Center under the controversial Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), will carry out the test.

As all tests conducted in Hong Kong's laboratories should be referred by registered doctors under the current laws in Hong Kong, the SAR government might have violated the regulation.

To make it worse, the SAR Government hasn’t shared any details nor answered any question regarding the selection procedures and criteria for laboratories and testing partners and, if any, the profit made by the government.

District Councillor codemned that the government did not consult and call for tenders openly, and this may involve the transferring of benefits. As many people of Hong Kong are still very worried about their DNA being collected Beijing as in the case of Xinjiang, many found the explanation of government unacceptable.

Source: Stand News #Aug7
#TransferringofInterests
#US #China
Made in .... : "Hong Kong is/not China?"

In response to Beijing's continuous encroachment of rights and freedom in Hong Kong, the U.S. demanded all export from Hong Kong to be labelled as “Made in China” from mid-September 2020 onwards.

Despite the outcry of the Hong Kong government, the move of the U.S. is trying to put an end to China’s "Heads I win, Tails you lose" wile to sully the city’s political autonomy while savoring economic benefits.

Source: Kit Man

#Aug12 #MadeinHongKong #MadeinChina #HKisNotChina #NationalSecurityLaw
#Newspaper

Will Swiss Banks Eventually Have to Leave Hong Kong?

//Swiss banks often have been blamed for lax controls and all-too-liberal approach to the choice of business opportunities.

//Swiss voters in November 2020 will have their say on a proposed law to make companies liable for human rights abuses that occur in connection with their activities abroad. This initiative would also increase the pressure on Swiss financial firms.

//In Hong Kong, the new national security law has put people under a new level of control, which also covers foreign banks. The new requirement may put (Swiss) banks on a collision course with the initiative as it could potentially lead to human rights infringements, impairing the banks’ strategies to grow in Asia and particularly China.

//All of Switzerland’s powerful global financial players have major operations in Hong Kong. They show little appetite to move away at a time when growth in markets such as the U.S. and Europe is adversely affected by a pandemic-induced recession.

//If the population votes in favor of the new law, Swiss banks will probably have to have a closer look at how they perform their business in Hong Kong.

Full Article: Finews, (06-Aug)
https://bit.ly/2PTqDqQ

#swissbanks #nationalsecuritylaw #humanrights #globalfinance
#OpinionArticle #NoStakeDoctor

Chinese coins are best for flipping

Source: Facebook

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#OpinionArticle #NoStakeDoctor

Chinese coins are best for flipping

(6 Aug) "Don't worry! Even if the oropharyngeal swab's accuracy is the same as flipping a coin, as long as the coin is 'Made in China', it's exceptionally trustworthy! In the government we trust!"

If your parents or friends want to provide their DNA information to the Chinese company, BGI Genomics, in exchange for peace of mind, you can suggest that they flip a coin instead. It will be more convenient and efficient.

The following is from a Harvard University study that integrates more than 700 confirmed COVID-19 patients and over 3,000 samples, showing the Detection Rate of SARS-CoV-2 [using different methods]:
Oropharyngeal swab: 43% (95% CI: 34–52%)
Nasopharyngeal swab: 54% (95% CI: 41–67%)
Sputum sample: 71% (95% CI: 61–80%)

And the first thing the Chinese experts did when they arrived in Hong Kong was tell [us] Hongkongers to give up what we've already been doing. Instead, we had to switch to the 43% and 54% swab methods.

Even more worthy of mentioning is that taking a nasopharyngeal swab requires the medical practitioner to be in full protective garb whereas the deep throat [sputum] test doesn't. The patient merely needs to take the sample themselves and keep it in a container. Against all reason, the Chinese experts insisted that Hong Kong healthcare professionals take the more difficult route.

# HarvardResearchVSWuhanExperts
# ThinkForYourself

Mohammadi, Abbas, Esmaeilzadeh, Elmira, Li, Yijia, Bosch, Ronald J, & Li, Jonathan Z. (2020). SARS-CoV-2 detection in different respiratory sites: A systematic review and meta-analysis. EBioMedicine, 102903.

Source: Facebook
Translated by: Hong Kong Echo

#MadeInChina #VirusTesting #Accuracy #Coronavirus #DNA
#BGIGenomics #ChineseExperts
After the police dispersed foreign domestic helpers last week, the Labour Department today (15 Aug) sent temporary staff to explain the two-person gathering ban and mask orders in various Asian languages, displaying posters and distributing leaflets near the bridge of Mongkok train station. Ironically, this working group has more than two people and clearly violates the two-person gathering ban; however, the government likely invoked exemptions to legalize their own actions.

#FirstHand #Aug15 #GatheringBan #DomesticWorkers #GovernmentExemption
#China

Villa Becomes TV Protagonists’ Home?
Property Owner Demands TV Show Takedown and Compensation

Watching the television is about relaxation, but for Ms Lam who lives in Hangzhou, it was a cause for mounting anger. She found out, while binging a television show, that her villa had become the home of the protagonists. Her own bed was slept on by the female protagonist and the wine cellar in her basement became the setting for the protagonists’ rendezvous.

Ms Lam had called the police for help, but public security said the incident did not constitute a criminal offence. In her anger, she sued all 8 of the related companies, including the property management company and the television production company. She said, “We have not even lived in the house yet, and they have already exposed it all for me. That is to say, it is only under such intolerable circumstances that I am using the law as a weapon.”

However, it wasn't until being in the courtroom that Ms Lam learned that other television shows had been filmed in the house previously, in addition to the show she watched. Then who let the television crews in? Ms Lam suspected the property management company, as she handed them the villa's keys she bought it in 2015, out of consideration that she would not reside in it over long periods. They did, however, sign a confidential agreement that the keys would only be used in emergency situations.

Twice there was a change of property management companies, and both companies claimed to have no part in the incident. The television crew also clarified that they had communicated with the developer before filming and thought the villa was a show house, and did not constitute an intrusion. Mainland Chinese media have reported that the developer in question was a dishonest company that previously had not been able to be contacted, and is included in a list of corporations with questionable operations.

Ms Lam said that much of the furniture and equipment in the villa has been damaged, including the broken elevator in the house and the entrance door fingerprint lock, as well as tainted carpets and damaged walls because of camera set-ups. She demanded that either the television series be taken down or the scenes showing the villa be removed, along with an apology and compensation of CNY$3 million, to cover losses in property and invasion of privacy.

Source: Cable TV China Desk #Jul22
#Interview #RubyLeung #PoliceReport #Drama #HongKongPolice #PoliceImage

Former Police Report Host Resigns: “Do I have to support them even when they are wrong?”

Ruby Leung grew up watching Hong Kong police drama which often portrayed the police as heroic and righteous. So, it was natural that she would join the police force after graduating from university. Her work experience as a police officer ranged from patrolling to duties at the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau and the Special Duties Team. She even hosted the show Police Report (on #RTHK) which has been cancelled recently. However, she always found it difficult to accept the culture in the police force where dissenting voices are not well tolerated.

https://telegra.ph/Interview-Former-Police-Report-Host-Resigns-Do-I-have-to-support-them-even-when-they-are-wrong-08-14
#US #China #Visa #ColdWar
Chinese Journalists' Visa Expired in the U.S. with No Notification

The China-US tussle continues to heat up. People's Daily, a CCP-owned newspaper, reported that the 90-day visa the U.S. granted to Chinese journalists expired on June 6. However, no Chinese journalists had received any notice from the U.S. government.

PRC's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Chinese journalists in the U.S. had already filed their application, but no one had yet received a clear response. Wang said that if the U.S. "insists on making more mistakes," China will be forced to make a "necessary and proper" response to insist on protecting its legitimate rights.

People's Daily said in a Facebook post on Thursday that it was the final day of the 90-day visa issued to Chinese journalists, and that no Chinese journalists in the U.S. had received any notification from the U.S. government. The post quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin as saying at a regular Foreign Ministry press conference today that on May 8 this year, the U.S. drastically shortened the visa stay period for Chinese journalists in the U.S. to 90 days and required them to reapply for an extension every three months, and that all Chinese journalists had already submitted their applications for extensions, but none of them had received a clear response from the U.S. yet.

Source: Stand News #Aug06
#HKUSU #Statement
Students' Union of University of Hong Kong: "Hongkongers, We Shall Give Our Lives to Freedom"

The University of Hong Kong Students' Union released a frontpage statement on #AppleDaily on #Aug14. Conveying Hongkongers' determination to pursue freedom, the open letter quoted #WinstonChurchil 's speech in the #WWI and #HannahArendt 's works as well as the struggles for democracy in #Taiwan and #SouthKorea. The letter goes:

“Studebts were arrested, a newspaper office was raided, election was turned into ‘mere figurehead’, and a professor was dismissed. All of these are merely the prologue to a long gloomy night. It seems that the future of this city can only get ever duller. We might be weak confronting the totalitarian party-state, but we are not alone.

We have the free world walking with us."

The message is clear: "Hongkongers, We Shall Give Our Lives to Freedom"; and

“Through blood, toil, tears and sweat, we will strive on."

Read the full version here: HKUSU #Aug14
The Great Purge: End of Freedom of Press
Journalists harassed and restricted by police in the course of their work.

Police Demand Stand News Reporter to prove identity through income
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/24183

Police Suddenly Chase and Ticket Reporters in Mong Kok on #Aug11
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/24152 ; https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/24150

Police arrest reporters in Shatin for no apparent reasons #Aug11
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/24148

#PressFreedom
#PoliceState
Police Arrest Pro-democracy Civilians while escorting Radical Police Fanatics away

In remembrance of 'Yellow Raincoat Man' Marco Leung Ling-kit who was the first pro-democracy protester who sacrificed his life during the Anti-ELAB movement 14 months ago, citizens gathered outside of Pacific Place on August 15, 2020. Soon afterwards, police arrived and ticketed at least 3 civilians on the scene, citing violation of the gathering ban.

Pro-Beijing and pro-police radicalist Shek Fong-yau showed up with a woman and they took close-up photographs of citizens coming to pay tribute to the deceased. Both were escorted to leave by police later.

On the contrary, an InMedia reporter who had filmed the police was forced by the police to delete all the photos.

Source: Stand News
#Aug15 #Neverforget #Neverforgive #HKProtest #PoliceState #PoliceBrutality