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FCC Condemns Police Violence Against Journalists Again

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) expresses grave concern over multiple
eyewitness reports and widely circulating video footage that show police engaging
in violent acts against journalists during the protest in Kwai Chung on Tuesday night.

The reports and video appear to show a photojournalist being shoved to
the ground, reporters being chased by police officers swinging batons and police
discharging pepper spray toward reporters and photographers with press identification
who were observing and photographing events from a safe distance and who appeared
not to be interfering with police operations. At least one journalist reportedly
needed hospital treatment after being hit with pepper spray.

The repeated and consistent reports of police violence against journalists
covering the protests have become too many for the Hong Kong government
to ignore. The FCC renews its call for an independent, thorough and
transparent investigation of all forms of violence and intimidation directed
at journalists by police since the start of the protests in June.

The FCC also calls on the Commissioner of Police to publicly address these worrying
reports and to clearly state that the HKPF respects freedom of the press
and the right of journalists to cover events, including police operations,
unfettered and free of violence and threats.

This is the second time in eight days that the FCC condemned the police for
violence against reporters.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
31 Jul 2019

Will China Send in PLA to Hong Kong?

On 24 July at a press conference introducing China new defence white paper,
when asked how the Defense Ministry would handle the situation in Hong Kong,
a spokesman said only that “Article 14 of the garrison law has clear stipulations”.

It is my humble opinion that unless the situation is so serious as to threaten
the existence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), I do not believe
that the CCP will send the People's Liberation Army (PLA) into the city. If it
happens, Hong Kong's economy, stock market, property prices, etc will collapse catastrophically.

1. The mainland needs Hong Kong as an window to the world.
1.1 The RMB is still not freely convertible in the world. The internationalisation of
the RMB needs Hong Kong.
1.2 As an independent customs territory, Hong Kong can import a lot of strategic
and high tech materials that the mainland cannot import.
1.3 Hong Kong is a key city in the Greater Bay Area, which is very important
part of the current 5 year plan for China. With the catastrophic collapse of Hong
Kong, the Greater Bay Area plan will be basically finished.
1.4 Hong Kong is the primary channel for financing by Chinese enterprises.
1.5 70% of foreign investment comes from Hong Kong.

2. There were rumour during the Umbrella Movement in 2014, CY Leung
asked the central government to send the PLA to clear the protesters, and
President Xi refused. The reason is not that Xi is benovelent, but that Chinese
(red capital) companies already accounted for 56% of the Hong Kong stock market
capitalisation. If the stock market falls sharply, Chinese losses will be the largest.
Today's Chinese capital in the Hong Kong stock market should be even larger.

3. Hong Kong is a channel of capital outflow for Mainland China, including
for state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, the Red second generation,
and even the Xi family. If the channel is blocked, it will seriously offend
the vested interest groups which will take serious retaliatory actions.

4. A Mainlander who travels frequently between Hong Kong and Mainland said
that all actions must wait until after the National Day in October, especially
for the 70th anniversary this year.

5. The China-US trade war is long-lasting and recurring. The Mainland needs
Hong Kong more in this environment.

6. On 29 July, the main text of the press conference of Hong Kong and Macau
Office on Hong did not mention PLA.

Beijing . China | 2019
30 Jul 2019

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China's Hong Kong Office Restates Support for City Govt & Police

China's top office for handling Hong Kong affairs held a press conference in
Beijing on Monday to express 'its stance and views on Hong Kong's current situation.'

It was the first time that the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
held a press briefing on the city since it was established in 1997. None
even during the 2014 Occupy/Umbrella Movement.

The office's spokesperson Yang Guang restates Beijing's support for the Hong
Kong government and police while condemning the actions of anti-extradition
law protesters over recent weeks. No new policy was mentioned nor solution offered.

(screen capture of NOW TV News)

Beijing . China | 2019
29 Jul 2019

Police Bans Sheung Wan March - Second After Junius Ho's Call

On 17 July, legislator Junius Ho Kwan-yiu and a dozen people went to the police
headquarters to petition the police to stop issuing letter of no-objection for recent
protest marches. Ho said that a more peaceful way of gathering in a park is not
a problem, but he is against protests that affect the public, like occupation and attacks.

The police have issued notices of objection to the Yuen Long march yesterday
plus today's Sheung Wan march and the rally in the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park.
However, police allows a rally at Chater Garden today, apparently following
Junius Ho's request precisely, a worrying development considering the
forces behind him.

The march organiser Ventus Lau appealed to the Appeal Board on Public
Meetings and Processions yesterday but was dismissed. Lau said that he really wanted
to continue the march. However, the citizens who joined the peaceful march
in Yuen Long yesterday were treated with cold blood by the police. They were
so devastated that he was worried that the public will be injured in the march today.

Lau stressed that the rally in Chater Garden is legal today and "may be the
last legal anti-extradition rally." He will ensure the participants' peace and security,
appeal to the public to participate, and arranged 30 or more marshalls to maintain order.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
28 Jul 2019

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Yuen Long March Rejected - "Strolling" Instead

Hundreds of protesters gathered between the Yuen Long Police Station and the Yuen
Long Town Hall and shouted at the police who are videoing the protest.

45 people were injured in the mob attack in Yuen Long on 21July. Netizens launched
this 27 July march to "recover Yuen Long". The villagers were very nervous.
The police issued an objection to the march on the 25th. The notice lists five
reasons for opposing the march. Three of the issues related to the location include
the applicant's refusal to change the march route, the pedestrian pavement at the
rally location too narrow, and the main route of the march route may be dangerous.

Chung Kin-ping's application for the procession and appeal was rejected. Some
netizens proposed "strolling", or a march for one person, "walking the streets"
on the march route, and singing hymns.

The police said that there will be enough manpower to deal with emergencies today,
and that the riot squad will be mobilised. The relevant arrangements will be
handled by the headquarters. It is understood that the Police will deploy
a total of 3,000 police officers in the "High-Profile law enforcement"
in Yuen Long, including the squad of the five major districts and the force
of the Yuen Long Police District. They will mainly operate in the vicinity of
NamBin Wai, Yuen Long Main Street and Yuen Long West Rail.

Yuen Long . Hong Kong | 2019
27 Jul 2019

Tourists at HKIA Greeted by Thousands of Protesters

15,000 protesters gathered on Friday (July 26) at Hong Kong airport, one of
Asia's busiest, as 11 countries, including US, Canada, Singapore, etc issued
travel advisories for the city.

In a bid to find new ways to spread their message on their displeasure against
the government and the extradition laws, the demonstrators held up signs
with protest slogans at the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport
in Lantau to reach foreigners visiting the city.

Lantau Island . Hong Kong | 2019
26 Jul 2019

Fans Seek World Attention at Manchester Match

The violent mob attacks in Yuen Long on Sunday night injured 45 innocent people,
including journalists. Netizens took advantage of the friendly match between
the Premier League champion Manchester City and Hong Kong Super League
Kitchee last night at the Hong Kong Stadium to get global attention.

BBC and ESPN has film crews in Hong Kong, so some netizens proposed singing
'Do You Hear the People Sing' on the 21st minute of the event. The fans responded
to the call and sang the theme song of 'les Miserables' to seek international
attention on the violent attack in Yuen Long on the evening of July 21.

Some fans raised banners reading 'No China Extradition' and
'Double Real Suffrage Now'. Later, Fans at the East Stand started chanting
'Hong Kong People, Add Oil!', 'Hong Kong is Not China', 'Recover Hong Kong,
the Revolution of the Time' and the whole stadium responded.

During the second half of the game, the North Stand fans raised their placards and
shouted "No Riots, Only Tyranny" and sang "Do You Hear the People Sing" again.

(Screen cap of inmediahk.net video)

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2019
25 Jul 2019

"June 4 Butcher" Li Peng Died

Li Peng, the former Chinese premier whom human rights groups dubbed the
'butcher of Beijing' for his role in the deadly 1989 crackdown on peaceful
demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, died July 22. He was 90.

Chinese CommunistParty (CCP) described Li as taken 'decisive measures to stop
the unrest, quell the counterrevolutionary riots' during June 4. Li Peng's butchering
responsibility goes down in history, waiting for people's ultimate judgment.

The Alliance for Democracy in China said of Li Peng, the last person of the
'Deng (Xiaoping) Li (Peng) Yang (Shangkun) Group' who advocated or endorsed
the use of force to suppress the student movement. The CCP should reveal
the truth of the June 4th as soon as possible and redress June 4, and investigate
the responsibility of the massacre.

Wang Dan, who ranked first in 21 student wanted after June 4, said: 'Li Peng is
the executor and executioner of the June 4 massacre, and has been nailed to
history's pillar of shame.'

After the death of Li Peng, the mainland media handled it in a low-key manner.
The two major newspapers in the United States, the New York Times and the
Washington Post, reported this prominently, both calling Li Peng 'Beijing Butcher.'

The League of Social Democrats went to the China Liaison Office at noon
today and celebrated the death of the butcher Li Peng.

Western . Hong Kong | 2019
24 Jul 2019

FCC Condemns Violence Against Journalists

Members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) of Hong Kong hold a silent
protest outside the Club at 9:30 am under the banner “Yes to press freedom,
no to violence against journalists.”

The FCC strongly condemns the latest violence that injured dozens of people,
including journalists, and calls on the police and authorities to urgently
find and bring to justice those who carried out the unprecedented mob
violence at Yuen Long.

The FCC expresses its unequivocal support for Hong Kong people the right to
hold peaceful protests and for journalists to cover such demonstrations free
of intimidation or violence by authorities.

The FCC renews its call for an independent, thorough and transparent investigation
of all forms of violence and intimidation directed at journalists by police since
the start of the protests in June.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
23 Jul 2019

Protest Against Junius Ho for Encouraging Yuen Long Atrocities

At 3 pm today, hundreds of protesters went to the Tsuen Wan Office of legislator
Junius Ho Kwan-Yiu to protest his encouragement of the atrocities committed
by a large number of people, dressed in white, using clubs and bamboo sticks
to beat the public indiscriminately last night (21 July).

Pro-establishment legislator Junius Ho was caught on video shaking hands with
these people dressed in white on the street, telling them "you are my hero."

A large number of suspected "gangsters", dressed in white and welding clubs
and bamboo canes, rushed into the platform of the Yuen Long station, beating the
passengers indiscriminately. Journalists from Apple Daily and The Stand
News were beaten to the ground. The free-lance media person Ryan Lau was
also struck on the head repeatedly with blood over his face. At the same time,
legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, who was at the scene to help, was attacked with
an cut on the lips.

At least 45 people were injured and treated at the hospitals while an attacker fainted
and was sent to hospital. During the melee, many people reported to the police,
but the police did not respond for law enforcement. Some passengers
were emotional and cried, "Where is the police?" Yuen Long District
Councillors To Ka-lun and Johnny Mak Ip-sing also called the police on 999,
but the police replied: "Don't go out on the street if you're scared!" then
hang up the line. Mak accused the police of "colluding with the Triads!"

International relations scholar Simon Shen cited international standards and
refer to Yuen Long's indiscriminate beating as "a terrorist attack."

Tsuen Wan . Hong Kong | 2019
22 Jul 2019

Legislators Lead Massive March for Democracy

When all traffic lanes are flooded with protesters outside Victoria Park, the starting
point of the protest march, it points to another epic rally for democracy.
This time probably exceed 300-500,000.

Over 10 democratic legislators lead the protest march from Causeway
Bay to Luard Road in Wanchai making 5 demands including an independent
commission of inquiry, withdrawal of the law, dropping the categorisation of
"riot", dropping charges of the arrested and genuine universal suffrage.

Many defy police warnings by joining in after the official start from
Victoria Park to avoid being trapped inside the park for too long owing to congestion.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2019
21 Jul 2019

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Schloss Schonbrunn

The opulent Baroque-styled Schloss Schonbrunn, the summer palace
of the Hasburgs, has 1441 rooms, of which 40 are open to the public.
It is backed by the beautifully tended French-styled formal palace
gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage.

Vienna . Austria | 2018
20 Jul 2019

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Hofburg Palace of Vienna

The Hofburg, symbol of Austria's resplendent cultural heritage, was the principal
imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty from 1273 to 1918 and today serves
as the offices of the President.

Hofburg shows many different architectural styles, from Gothic to Renaissance,
Baroque to Rococo, and Classicism, as each ruler added its imprint.

With many squares and gardens, the Hofburg occupies an area of some 59 acres
and comprising 18 groups of buildings, 19 courtyards, and 2,600 rooms.

Vienna . Austria | 2019
19 Jul 2019

Vienna's Belvedere

The Baroque palaces of Belvedere, set in a garden landscape and include decorative
tiered fountains and cascades, sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates.

The palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy,
during a period of prosperity in Vienna, which at the time was both the
imperial capital and home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty.

Vienna . Austria | 2019
18 Jul 2019

Hungarian Parliament at Budapest

The Eclectic-style Parliament, a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture
with Renaissance and Baroque characters and designed by Imre Steindl
was completed in 1902.

Hungary's largest building, it has 691 sumptuously decorated rooms and stretches
for some 268m along the Danube on the Pest side of Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest . Hungary | 2019
17 Jul 2019

Budapest's Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a kilometre-long limestone plateau towering 170m above River
Danube. It contains some of Budapest's most important medieval monuments
and museums and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Matthias Church, a neo-Gothic structure dating back 500 years, rises above.

Budapest . Hungary | 2019
16 Jul 2019

Balatonfured's Marina at Dusk

Balatonfured is considered to be the capital of the Northern Balaton Lake
shore and is a yachting destination with the most stylish marina.

With a superb tree-lined promenade along the shore, it is the most
fashionable town on the Lake.

Balatonfured . Hungary | 2019
15 Jul 2019

Festetics Palace Hungary

The glimmering white, 100-room Baroque Festetics Palace in Keszthely,
Hungary was constructed starting in 1745, and the two wings were
extended out from the original building 150 years later.

Some 18 splendid rooms in the Baroque south wing are now part of the Helikon
Palace Museum, as is the palace's greatest treasure, the Helikon Library,
with its 90,000 volumes and splendid carved furniture.

Keszthely . Hungary | 2019
14 Jul 2019

Pier at Lake Balaton

Known as the Hungarian inner sea, Lake Balaton is home to picturesque landscapes
surrounded by ancient fortresses, underwater cave, thermal lake, galleries,
vineyards and historic towns.

It is the largest lake in Central Europe, at 600 sq km (230 sq miles), and a
foremost tourist destination.

Keszthely . Hungary | 2019
13 Jul 2019

Firewatch Tower of Sopron Hungary

The 16th-century Firewatch Tower at the north end of Foter, the main square, is
the symbol of Sopron, Hungary. Constructed on the remains of the former Roman
town wall in the 13th century, it was rebuilt after a great fire in 1676.

A narrow spiral staircase of 116 steps leads to the summit of this 60m-high
tower from which trumpeters would warn of fire, mark the hour and watch for
salespeople trying to smuggle in non-Sopron wine.

Sopron . Hungary | 2019
12 Jul 2019

3 Arrested for Bar Brawl by Riot Police

Serious bar brawl broke out on Venturska Street at the heart of Bratislava
Old Town on Wednesday evening.

Explosions were heard, shattering glass and bottles with fire broke out,
apparently by Molotov cocktails. Numerous tables and chairs were damaged.

Tens of riot police and firemen arrived and cleared the scene quickly. At
least 3 men were arrested with others fleeing into the neighbouring streets.

Bratislava . Slovakia | 2019
11 Jul 2019

Silent Protest by Lawyers Against '709 Crackdown'

Hong Kong Lawyers and activists gather at the Court of Final Appeal at 6 pm and
stand silently for 7 minutes 9 seconds to protest the mass arrest of human
rights lawyers in China on 9 July 2015 on its fourth anniversary on Tuesday.

Four years after the '709 crackdown' on rights lawyers, many of about 321
rights lawyers, legal assistants and activists arrested across China are
still in jail, detained or under strict surveillance.

Wang Quanzhang, who had been secretly detained for nearly 1100 days, has been
jailed for 4.5 years in January and his wife and family were not allowed to
visit him until 28 June. His wife Li Wenzu has since expressed serious concern
for his health and well-being as a result of ill-treatment. Lawyer Yu Wensheng,
the defence lawyer of Wang, has been under arbitrary detention for more than 500
days, and is awaiting sentencing after being secretly tried on 9th May 2019.

The activists also condemn the new trend of admistrative punishment by revoking
the licenses of the rights lawyers. From Jan 2017 to Sep 2019, licenses of
26 rights lawyers and law firms had been revoked, invalidated or suspended.

They strongly condemn the Chinese Government's relentless and ruthless suppression
against people in pursuit of freedom of speech, justice and rule of law.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
10 Jul 2019

Press Assns Condemn Police over Insults & Jostling

Hong Kong Journalists Association and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association
issued a joint statement, sternly condemning the police for repeatedly using shields
to push the front line reporters and their cameras, yelled at and even assaulted
reporters, thus impeded freedom of the press.

The statement stated that most reporters on scene wore vests with “PRESS” printed
on them, carried press passes on them and identified themselves as journalists.
They added that despite following police instructions to step away from the
front line, journalists faced “malicious jostling” from the police.

The two unions said similar acts against journalists had repeatedly occurred
during recent protests. “We hope the police to reflect on the issue, to respect
the right for media to report, to defend press freedom and to protect the
public's right to know,” they said.

Civil Rights Watch said that many protesters questioned why plainclothes
officers and the Special Tactical Squad did not display their warrants and
police officer number when on duty in accordance with the Police General
Order. They were also concerned about journalists have been pushed and
rudely treated by the police.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
9 Jul 2019

Over 230,000 people marched in Kowloon

Over 230,000 marched from Salusbury Garden in Tsimshatsui to the West Kowloon
High Speed Rail (HSR) terminal on Sunday, according to organisers of an anti-
extradition law protest, to inform visitors from the mainland about their movement.

At about 3 pm, Salisbury Garden and nearby areas were filled with protesters in
black. Banners list the demands: withdrawal of the laws, revoke the categorisation
as "riot", and dropping charges against the arrested.

Mr Lau, one of the organisers, criticized the police for deploying a disproportionate
number of police outside the HSR station. They believed that the police not only
hindered people from using the HSR station, but also made it difficult for the
protesters to disperse when they reached the destination.

Apart from the D and K exits today, the rest of the entrances to the HSR
Station were closed all day. The HSR trains stop selling same day ticket and
barricades were set up 10 metres outside the HSR Station to check tickets.
Mainland visitors without purchased tickets have to change to the MTR East
Rail Line to return to the Mainland and think that the HSR over-reacted.

Dr Chung Kim Wah, director of the Social Policy Research Center of the
Polytechnic University, who tried to travel to Guangzhou, criticized:
"Police is simply creating inconvenience. The protest march starts
only in the afternoon, but the police have already caused
considerable inconvenience in the morning."

Tsimshatsui . Hong Kong | 2019
8 Jul 2019

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Thousands Mourn Ms Wu

On 30 June, Ms Wu fell from the International Finance Centre (IFC). She had
a cheerful personality and participated in the march on June 9 and 16 but
was dissatisfied with the government's actions and response.

On 6 July, about a thousand people participated in the memorial service
held in Edinburgh Place in Central, including traditional offering of incense,
Buddhist chanting and candlelight vigil, expressing the sadness and remembrance
for the departure of Ms Wu. In order to avoid the recurrence of similar tragedies,
there are social workers and pastors who listen to and counsel repressed
feelings of the attendees.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
7 Jul 2019

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8000 Hong Kong Moms Rally for Young Protesters

A group of Hong Kong mothers held a rally "Between Human Life and Glass
Panels: The Choice of HongKongers" at Chater Garden last night (5 July) to
support young people who protested against China Extradition. Wong Kit-ying,
one of the organisers, said that the rally hopes to provide support to the
young people. Some also worried that after the Legislative Council incident
on 1 July, the "No China Extradition" movement would lose support from the
people. They want to show that mothers still support the young people's ideas.

Their message to the authorities in Hong Kong: let go of your arrogance, respect
life, and accept the demands of Hong Kong people and young people
as soon as possible.

The organizers said that 8,000 people attended the rally,
with Chater Garden packed to capacity.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
6 Jul 2019

"Stand with Hong Kong at G20" Global Newspaper Show

The exhibition showcases 19 prideful copies of open letters printed in
newspapers across 13 countries, published from 27 to 29 June, including the
US "Washington Post" and the "New York Times", the British "Financial Times",
Japan "Yomiuri Shimbun", Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, South Korea
and Taiwan and other newspapers.

The crowdfunded campaign raised over HKD$6.7 million within a few hours, well
surpassing its initial target of HK$3 million. The exhibition illustrates major
incidents of the anti-extradition bill movement and the timeline of the
crowdfunding campaign. The curators cordially put together a book of published
advertisements along with exclusively unpublished designs for public viewing.

2-7 July 1-8pm | ACO Art Space | 6/F, Foo Tak Bldg, 365 Hennessy Rd, Wanchai

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2019
5 Jul 2019

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A Preacher Initiated Hunger Strike

Since the beginning of the amendment of the "Fugitive Offenders Ordinance",
from marathon hymn singing to praying for Hong Kong, many religious
people have joined the social movement. After the incident of the Legislative
Council on July 1, the "Good Neighbourhood North District Church" preacher
Roy Chan intiated a hunger strike at Admiralty indefinitely from 10 am on July 3.

Chan feels that as a preacher who believe in Jesus, he should stand up and
speak out. "Through moral appeal, I hope that more people will pay attention
to the incident, to put pressure on the government to respond to the four
demands of the people. The four demands are very just." Therefore, try to
arouse attention through this action.

At present, three people joined in the hunger strike, including former Legislative
Council Member, The Reverend Fung Chi-wood.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
4 Jul 2019

Independent Investigation Required - IPCC "Toothless Tiger"

The amendments of the "Fugitive Offenders Ordinance" dispute triggered a series
of protests, and the police response attracted attention. The Independent Police
Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced yesterday that a special task force will be
set up to examine the public activities, including the July 1st attack on the
Legislative Council, to assess whether the police operate in accordance with
procedures, laws and guidelines.

IPCC Chairman Anthony Neoh has repeatedly acknowledged that they have no
power to call witnesses, and ask the police, the public and the media provide
information for review. Informants will be reported to the Police if they broke
the law. Some lawyers criticize the system as being ridiculous and discourange
complaints; civil rights organizations say that the police have limited investigative
powers and lack legal protection for witnesses, and cannot replace an independent
investigation commision established by the government.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the IPCC since its inception in June 2009.
An examination of the statistics of the past 9 years revealed that only 3% to 4%
of the complaints were confirmed each year. In about 90% of the cases, the officers
were only warned or admonised, showing that IPCC advice were ignored. In 4 years,
the complaint acceptance rate by the police was 0%. Some civil society groups have
criticised the IPCC as a "toothless tiger."

In 7 years from 2011/12 to 2017/18, there were 2,119 allegations of police assaults,
but only 2 counts were accepted, with a success rate of only 0.09%.
11 former members of the IPCC, another 32 former senior goverment officials
and members of the Legislative Council jointly urged the government to set up
an independent investigation committee led by a credible person.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
3 Jul 2019

'Live Free or Die' : Artist Kacey Wong

Visual artist Kacey Wong marched on 1st July with a huge black flag,
symbolising 'Give me liberty or give me death'.

Wong says: When the helicopters carrying the Communist occupiers flags,
our black flags are flying in the air. There are really nothing worth celebrating on
the July 1st change of sovereignty in Hong Kong, from the abusive 7 Hong
Kong Police incident to the booksellers kidnapping incidents, to the recent
3 Hong Kong citizens suiciding for freedom. There are just too much absurdity,
proving this city is slowly heading towards death, being kidnapped by the Chinese
Communist Party. My art work for this year's Hong Kong July 1st Protest is a black flag.
It symbolises mourning, pain, resistance, and the power to mourn this dying city.
It also express the resistance spirit of 'Live Free or Die' (Viurem lliures o morirem).

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
2 Jul 2019

Another Epic March for Democracy

When all west-bound traffic lanes are flooded with protesters outside Victoria Park, the
start of the annual protest march, it points to another record-breaking epic rally
for democracy marking the 22nd anniversary of city's return to Chinese rule.
50,000 marched last year. This year probably exceed 500,000.

Many defy police warnings by joining in after the official start from Victoria
Park, where a celebration organised by a pro-China group that took over the six
footall courts is attended only by a handful of people. Protesters are forced to
squeeze into a small lawn at great inconvenience.

The protesters marched from Causeway Bay to Government headquarters in
Admiralty demanding 'No Extradition to China' and 'Carrie Lam Step Down'.

Visual artist Kacey Wong marched all the way with a huge black flag,
symbolising 'Give me liberty or give me death'.

Earlier at 3:20 am, a black Hong Kong regional flag was hung at the
flagpole outside the Legislative Council, juxtaposed against the
red regional flag flying at half mast next to it, satirising the
official flag raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square. It
symbolises the protest against the authoritarian rule and
numerous political prisoners in China and Hong Kong.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2019
1 Jul 2019

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