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China says Hong Kong violence 'totally intolerable'

China says Hong Kong violence 'totally intolerable'

The Chinese government has issued a strong condemnation of protesters who Hong Kong’s legislature, calling the act “totally intolerable”, as the UK warned China of serious consequences if it breached an agreement guaranteeing freedoms in the city.In a statement carried by the state-run Xinhua news agency, the Chinese government’s top representative organisation in said it was “shocked, indignant and strongly condemned” the vandalising of the parliament building, which followed a day of protests on Monday against an extradition bill.The events pose an unprecedented challenge to the Chinese...

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Chinese human rights lawyer jailed for four years, says his wife

Chinese human rights lawyer jailed for four years, says his wife

A Chinese court has secretly convicted and handed down a four-year jail sentence to one of China’s most outspoken human rights lawyers, Yu Wensheng, on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power”, according to his wife.Yu’s wife, Xu Yan, told the Guardian that she was informed by phone by the prosecutor’s office in Xuzhou city in the eastern province of Jiangsu that her husband’s term was ordered in a closed door sentencing on Wednesday morning. The Xuzhou city intermediate people’s court also deprived Yu of his political rights, meaning he is barred from serving in public positions,...

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Hong Kong protests: dozens arrested marking first anniversary in defiance of police ban

Hong Kong protests: dozens arrested marking first anniversary in defiance of police ban

More than 50 people were arrested in on Tuesday night after thousands of protesters took to the streets in defiance of a police order to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government movement.Police riot units used pepper spray and repeatedly charged at crowds in an attempt to disperse protesters gathered near the business district of Central, occupying roads and blocking traffic until well after midnight.In a statement, police said 53 people had been arrested for participating in an illegal assembly. The force said it had used “minimum necessary force” to disperse protesters who defied...

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‘The anger is still there’: Hong Kong defiant a year on from first protests

‘The anger is still there’: Hong Kong defiant a year on from first protests

hen Freeman Yim stepped out to join a peaceful demonstration against a controversial extradition bill on 9 June last year, he never knew it would be the start of a drawn-out movement that would plunge into the deepest crisis in its history.“We weren’t fighting for much, we just wanted Hong Kong to remain Hong Kong and not turn into just any Chinese city,” he said. “We want to have dignity and basic rights. As the Chinese national anthem says, not to become slaves.”A year later, the 37-year-old mainland-born construction worker feels more depressed than ever. “I feel so helpless and...

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Hong Kong protesters hold banned Tiananmen vigil as anthem law is passed

Hong Kong protesters hold banned Tiananmen vigil as anthem law is passed

Thousands of people have defied a police ban in to mourn the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre, after the city’s legislature passed a law criminalising the mockery of China’s national anthem.Many fear this year’s commemoration of the events of 4 June 1989 might be Hong Kong’s last, as has approved a plan to impose national security laws on the semi-autonomous city that would prevent and punish “acts and activities” that threaten national security.The police had for the first time in three decades banned the annual candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, citing the coronavirus...

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China 'bars lawyer from going home' after prison release

China 'bars lawyer from going home' after prison release

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer barred from returning home after his prison release two weeks ago has been prohibited from reuniting with his family after a 14-day quarantine period.Wang Quanzhang’s wife and rights groups fear authorities are using the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext to hold him indefinitely under de facto house arrest.Wang, a lawyer who lives in Beijing, had taken on politically sensitive cases and defended activists and members of the banned religious group Falun Gong. Released on 4 April after serving four and a half years for subversion, he was taken to his...

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China activist who called Xi clueless on coronavirus faces years in jail for 'subversion'

China activist who called Xi clueless on coronavirus faces years in jail for 'subversion'

Xu Zhiyong is being held in secret detention and has been denied access to a lawyer, say friends in Hong KongSat 7 Mar 2020 23.40 ESTA prominent Chinese activist detained for criticising President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being held on a state security charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail, his friends said on Sunday.Xu Zhiyong, a former law lecturer and founder of the social campaign New Citizens Movement, during a fresh crackdown on freedom of speech precipitated by the coronavirus crisis.Xu’s family found out from Beijing police on...

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Doctor who exposed Sars cover-up is under house arrest in China, family confirms

Doctor who exposed Sars cover-up is under house arrest in China, family confirms

The Chinese military surgeon who exposed the government’s cover-up of the the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) epidemic in 2003 has been under de facto house arrest since last year, according to his friends and family.The fate of 88-year-old Dr Jiang Yanyong, a retired general in the People’s Liberation Army, has been brought into the spotlight after a whistleblower doctor, Li Wenliang, who exposed the coronavirus epidemic, .Since April last year, officials have cut off Jiang’s contact with the outside world and restricted his movements after he wrote to the top leadership asking...

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Hong Kong voters deliver landslide victory for pro-democracy campaigners

Hong Kong voters deliver landslide victory for pro-democracy campaigners

Hong Kong’s voters have delivered an unprecedented landslide for pro-democracy candidates in local elections, in a powerful show of solidarity with the city’s protest movement and rebuke to the government over its handling of the crisis.Over six months of escalating violence on the streets, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam had claimed the support of a “silent majority” for her hardline response and refusal to compromise. Sunday’s vote, widely seen as a proxy referendum on the city’s future, exposed that stance as a sham. People turned out in record numbers to eject pro-Beijing politicians from...

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Dec 2
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