Canada Security chief named Hong Kong No. 2 official amid clampdown

08:47  25 june  2021
08:47  25 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Apple Daily editors arrested under Hong Kong security law

  Apple Daily editors arrested under Hong Kong security law HONG KONG (AP) — Five editors and executives at pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper were arrested Thursday under Hong Kong's national security law, its stock was halted and police were searching its offices in moves raising concerns about the media's future in the city. Apple Daily is known for its strong pro-democracy stance and often criticizes and condemns the Chinese and Hong Kong governments for tightening control over the city. Hong KongApple Daily is known for its strong pro-democracy stance and often criticizes and condemns the Chinese and Hong Kong governments for tightening control over the city.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (R) and Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu speaking at a press conference in 2019. Recent events in Hong Kong , including the closure of the Apple Daily newspaper, prompted two leading US senators to urge President Joe Biden to impose sanctions on those responsible, suggesting foreign banks were among those implicated. Senator Pat Toomey, Republican ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, a committee member, said the Hong Kong Autonomy Act passed last year required the US

The police national security department was established to enforce Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong imposed last June, which criminalises secession, subversion, collusion with foreign powers and acts of terror. The US sanctioned Choi and five other officials in January for their roles in what it saw as the undermining of Hong Kong ’s autonomy and the restricting of its freedoms. The following month, the city’s leader Carrie Lam honoured him and six others for their work and “personal sacrifices” in safeguarding the region’s national security .

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Friday promoted Hong Kong’s top security official to the territory’s No. 2 spot as Beijing continues to clamp down on free speech and political opposition.

Carrie Lam posing for the camera © Provided by The Canadian Press

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Secretary for Security John Lee would replace Matthew Cheung as the city’s chief secretary, while police chief Chris Tang would take over Lee’s role.

The changes come a year after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the former British colony and one day after Hong Kong’s last remaining pro-democracy newspaper, the Apple Daily, published its final edition

RPT-Lead 2-Hong Kong-Police stops Five Apple Daily

 RPT-Lead 2-Hong Kong-Police stops Five Apple Daily Hongkong-Securite / Apple Daily (RPT, Lead 2, Photo, TV): RPT-Lead 2-Hong Kong-The Police Stop Five Officers Apple Daily (Repetition to Change Date) by Sara Cheng and Clare Jim Hong Kong, June 17 (Reuters) - Hong Kong Police stopped Thursday at dawn Five Pro-Democratic Apple Daily newspaper At the end of a new raid in the daily premises belonging to the Jimmy Lai Press Boss, under the new National Security Act imposed by Beijing on the island.

The initial provocation was an extradition bill that Hong Kong ’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam tried to force through a reluctant Legislative Council. By August protesters’ demands had evolved to encompass all the accumulated political grievances that had sustained Hong Kong ’s democracy Free speech was free — depending on who was saying what. Universal suffrage meant essentially what it means across the border, where Communist Party officials decide who can run for office and who can win. The problem here is that the party’s surrogates can only presume to speak for under half the

HONGKONG – Hong Kong ’s Secretary of Security John Lee and police chief Chris Tang, key figures behind the city’s authoritarian turn over the past year, are expected to be promoted “very soon,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Friday. Lam and about 60 senior public figures are set to travel to Beijing on Monday for the Communist Party’s centenary celebrations, the first time the chief executive will be out of town for the official anniversary of Hong Kong ’s 1997 handover, SCMP said. Euronews provides articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles

Police froze $2.3 million of the paper's assets, searched its office and arrested five top editors and executives last week, accusing them of foreign collusion to endanger national security. It's founder, Jimmy Lai, is facing charges under the national security law for foreign collusion and is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a 2019 pro-democracy protest movement.

Beijing promised Hong Kong could maintain its civil liberties for 50 years after the former British colony was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997, but has essentially abandoned that commitment to impose total political control and end what it sees as undue foreign influence on the semi-autonomous city's institutions.

China effectively ended multiparty democracy in Hong Kong by having the ceremonial Chinese legislature impose the national security law without debate or a vote in the city's Legislative Council. It then moved to pack the Legislative Council with Beijing loyalists while radically reducing the proportion of legislators directly elected by voters.

Hong Kong: Apple Daily increases his draw after a police descent

 Hong Kong: Apple Daily increases his draw after a police descent Hongkong-SECURITE: Hong Kong: Apple Daily increases his draw after a police descent © Reuters / Lam Yik Hong Kong: Apple Daily increases his draw after a Police descent Hong Kong (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Pro-Democratic Democratic Daily increased its draw on Friday, after 500 police downgraded in his editorial room Thursday and seized journalistic equipment as part of An investigation aimed at determining whether articles have violated the new National Security Act imposed by Beijing on the islan

Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Hong Kong news – Independent &, non-profit. Police will look into any method for handling ongoing protests more effectively, Hong Kong ’s security minister said on Wednesday, amid reports that officers may soon be armed with electroshock weapons.

On Thursday, Hong Kong marks its first National Security Education Day since Beijing imposed a controversial new law last June. Despite growing restrictions on political activity and freedom of expression, city residents have continued to carry out acts of resistance. HKFP takes a look at how Despite having little or no chance of getting into the court, large numbers – many dressed in black to show solidarity – stayed in the orderly queue for hours to make their point. Despite a heavy security presence and a police warning, people chanted protest slogans such as “five demands, not one less

In recent months, police have arrested most of the city’s pro-democracy activists. Most are still in police custody, while others have sought asylum abroad, under threat from Lam's administration for past statements and actions seen as disloyal to China or in violation of Hong Kong law as it now stands.

Despite the overwhelming emphasis on security, Lam told reporters that the role of the chief secretary in overseeing the daily administration of the Asian financial hub, including dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, had not changed.

Yet she appeared to acknowledge Beijing's increasingly assertive role in managing the city's affairs and the central government's demand for absolute loyalty from Hong Kong officials and members of the Legislative Council.

“Now today as chief executive, I am responsible not only to Hong Kong but also to the central government, performing national duties, particularly in safeguarding national security," Lam told reporters. “So for people with commitment, integrity, leadership and spirit to serve the nation and Hong Kong ... we will put in our best."

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Quiet in Hong Kong for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party in China .
© Provided by the important point of the important police officers have been deployed Thursday in Hong Kong to repress any act of dissent on the occasion of the celebrations of the 100 Years of the Chinese Communist Party and the calm who reigned over the city attests to the way Beijing muzzled any opposition. This anniversary corresponds to the 24 years of the retrocession of the former British colony to China.

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