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Hong Kong police crack down on protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/27/20, 11:18 am

Hundreds of riot police surrounded Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday morning as lawmakers considered whether to criminalize abuse of the national anthem. Authorities detained at least 300 people throughout the city for unlawful assembly. Some lawmakers spent the night at the government building in case protesters blocked the entrance before the vote, local media reported.

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“The end of Hong Kong”

China | Beijing signals the end of Hong Kong’s autonomy with a sweeping national security law to criminalize dissent
by June Cheng
Posted 5/22/20, 10:17 am

Crossing the border between mainland China and Hong Kong has always illuminated stark differences. On one side, the internet is censored, any dissent could lead to imprisonment, unregistered churches meet quietly, and the Chinese Communist Party rules with an iron fist. On the other, people access a free internet, protest for their freedoms, worship freely, vote for some of their lawmakers, and have long enjoyed one of the world’s freest economies.

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China lashes out, Hong Kong clamps down

International | Plus more news and notes from around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/21/20, 05:05 pm

CHINA: Beijing’s National People’s Congress, delayed since March, opens on Friday as the government of President Xi Jinping lashes out at those who blame China for aiding the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced he may permanently freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization and reconsider its membership unless the WHO enacts reforms.

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