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Threats by text

Persecution | Harassing text messages attempt to deter Hong Kong Christians’ engagement in the pro-democracy movement
by Erica Kwong
Posted 1/02/20, 04:35 pm

Last August, the night after 26-year-old seminarian Samuel Chau spoke at a large Christian rally on how believers should respond to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, a stranger sent him a message on WhatsApp. The text was filled with profanities, accusations, and threats.

The sender warned Chau against participating in any more prayer meetings and condemned him to hell. When Chau asked if the stranger had contacted the right person, he responded with Chau’s full name and the name of his seminary. (WORLD has given Chau a pseudonym due to the threats against him.)

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Timeline: The Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong | Police violence, protester vandalism, and a new anthem for a free Hong Kong in ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations
by Erica Kwong
Posted 9/19/19, 08:28 pm

WORLD first published this timeline on Aug. 30 and has periodically updated it as events develop. For the newest entries, please see the bottom of the page.

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Hong Kong resolve

Hong Kong | Pro-democracy protests continue unabated as supporters rally to the cause
by Erica Kwong & June Cheng
Posted 8/23/19, 01:31 pm

On Sunday in Hong Kong, an estimated 1.7 million people turned out under a pouring rain in a massive protest for democratic freedoms. It was the first peaceful weekend in 11 weeks of rallies and marches as the Hong Kong people continue to demand democratic representation and oppose a controversial extradition bill.

Things have changed since the protests began in June. Mark Sin, a 29-year-old university administrator, recalls watching protesters flee in different directions as police fired tear gas at demonstrators during a June 12 rally.

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