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Hacking Hong Kong’s religious liberties

Religious Liberty | Mysterious hackers disrupt a church talk on politics, raising concerns about internet surveillance
by Erica Kwong
Posted 9/18/20, 02:17 pm

On Aug. 30, Hong Kong’s Church of Christ in China (CCC) Tuen Mun Church hosted the third in a series of talks on the history of church-state relations in mainland China over the videoconferencing platform Google Meet. About 50 church members joined the call, which included a lecture by a seminary professor and a Q&A session. 

Early in the call, organizers received requests from users named “Chinese National Security Bureau Hong Kong Branch,” “Chinese National Security,” and “Shenzhengovernment.”

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For Hong Kong, democracy deferred

Hong Kong | In the latest blow to independence, the government postpones legislative election for a year
by Erica Kwong
Posted 8/17/20, 08:20 pm

Despite the summer heat, pandemic warnings, and government threats, more than 600,000 Hong Kongers headed to polling stations last month for the pro-democracy camp’s primaries. The unofficial poll selected the opposition candidates who would run in the Sept. 6 Legislative Council (LegCo) elections. Organizers cheered the unexpectedly large turnout, calling it a referendum on a new sweeping national security law.

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Remembering Tiananmen

China | In Hong Kong and Taiwan, people gathered to remember the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre
by June Cheng & Erica Kwong
Posted 6/04/20, 02:48 pm

Despite a ban on Hong Kong’s annual vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, thousands of demonstrators streamed into Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to mark the anniversary Thursday. Separate groups also gathered in neighborhoods around the city, in churches, and outside metro stations. 

Rather than extinguish the memory of the Chinese government’s crackdown on peaceful democracy protesters 31 years ago, the ban only seemed to provide more reason to remember.

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