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Rising NatSecs cases not just your imagination

A 48-year-old housewife arrested on sedition charges is denied bail… The 48-year-old homemaker stands accused of “doing an act or acts with seditious intention” linked to posts on Facebook and Twitter. She was said to have intended to “bring into … Continue reading

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Changes in HK population by district: Hong Kong Island down 7% on average, while Sham Shui Po is up 7%. Probably gives a good picture of who’s emigrated. But why would the population of Sham Shui Po go up so … Continue reading

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Stand News trial enters 4th dimension

In the Stand News trial, the prosecution finally wraps up its questioning of the outlet’s former editor. The trial has been worth following for its sheer weirdness. It must be especially strange for reporters covering the case, seeing members of … Continue reading

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Welcome to Asia’s low-quality tour-group hub!

The scumbaggiest part of the always-tawdry tourism industry demands an increase in squatting, lunchbox-munching-outside-toilets group tours… A tourism trade representative said on Monday that there’s a need for Hong Kong to operate low-cost tours, saying it doesn’t necessarily mean that … Continue reading

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New-look freedom of assembly wrapped in red tape

Hong Kong’s first post-Covid protest – a few dozen Tseung Kwan O residents campaigning against reclamation – resembles a procession of Japanese kindergartners. Footage of the event, complete with compulsory numbered tags around necks and a ‘moving cordon’ strictly enforced … Continue reading

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Just some worthwhile weekend reading…

PEN America protests Hong Kong’s criminalization of book-selling. From China File, some brief analysis of XI Jinping’s visit to Putin. Jamestown Foundation’s Willy Lo-lop Lam asks (rhetorically) whether Xi Jinping Thought can lead the way to the end of politics … Continue reading

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Another opportunity to remain silent missed

Today’s NatSec developments: Albert Ho in jail; four former HKCTU members ‘taken to assist in an investigation’; and a martial arts coach appeals against his five-year sentence for ‘inciting subversion’. The No Rioters installation gets taken down (of course). The … Continue reading

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Another NatSec week underway

Three people get five to 10 months in prison for producing and selling a ‘seditious’ book…  According to local media, the designated national security magistrate … said the case was about more than spreading seditious messages on social media as … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the NatSec 47 trial…

HKFP is following the PanDem 47 case (here and here), and there’s a short regular HK Watch update (site seems to be blocked on some ISPs, so might need a VPN or whatever). Au Nok-hin, who has turned prosecution witness, … Continue reading

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Exciting new committee of old faces announced

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive sets up a Council of Advisors… …to advise [him] on the strategic development of Hong Kong, leveraging on opportunities from national and global developments. The formation of the Council is particularly timely and crucial, as Hong … Continue reading

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