Listening to the unheard

News | The news cycle is loud, but we need to hear those who can’t shout
by Michael Reneau
Posted 7/02/20, 02:43 pm

A bill that Republicans and Democrats barter for in the U.S. Capitol will always have a limited reach in local police departments: Mayors and state governments have far more influence on police procedure. But when representatives and senators in Washington, D.C., deadlocked on police reform in late June, legislators communicated one thing to the majority of Americans who want change: They’re not listening.

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Hong Kong braces for new reality under Beijing’s tighter control

Hong Kong | Protests fill the streets a day after China enacts a sweeping security law
by June Cheng
Posted 7/01/20, 03:06 pm

Hundreds of Catholics and Protestants filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district Wednesday for an annual prayer meeting. It was the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, which residents usually mark with large protests. 

This year, attendees had another weight on their minds: the sweeping national security law that went into effect the night before. “Everyone has a sword over his or her head,” the event organizer said in his opening prayer.

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Hong Kong protesters decry new security law

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/01/20, 06:31 am

Thousands of demonstrators defied a police ban and gathered in the streets on Wednesday for an annual protest marking the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to China. Police arrested at least seven people under the contentious new national security law less than a day after it was passed. One of the detained demonstrators had in his possession a Hong Kong independence flag while another woman held up a sign with the British flag and called for independence. Elsewhere in the city, police said they detained more than 180 people.

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