Hong Kong activists’ bail renewed amid lessening freedoms

Hong Kong activists arrested in front of Beijing’s liaison office are demanding democracy and political freedom. They stood outside the district court after having their bail renewed.

Derek Lam, a member of the Demosisto political party that sprang from the Umbrella Movement, spoke about the eroding freedoms, “Actually, the cost of attending any kind of protest has become higher and higher, and different charges have been used in the past, two to three years and the sentence has become more and more harsh. So I think for activists, or even normal Hong Kong citizens, it would be a threat for them to take part in social issues and for them to take part in political affairs.”

They were arrested because they participated in a protest in November, where thousands gathered for a pro-democracy march.

Avery Ng, chairman Of League Of Social Democrats, spoke of his doubts for progress in Hong Kong in the wake of the new chief executive, who many believe was chosen so factions in Beijing could manipulate Hong Kong politics, “I do not have any high hopes for Carrie’s (Chief Executive elect Carrie Lam) administration in terms of bridging the gap. Bridging the gap is not a slogan. It is to do with actual real concrete policies. So if Carrie really wants to bridge the gap and mend the social divide, then enact social policy that can really mend the social issue, rather than using a few soundbites in front of the camera, while at the same time using the police and the DOJ (Department of Justice) to oppress other opinions.”

The November march was to send a message to Beijing that the people of Hong Kong demand democracy and human rights.

 
 
 
 
 

Trump: McCain Returning Home to Arizona, Will Likely Miss Tax Vote

Trump: McCain Returning Home to Arizona, Will Likely Miss Tax Vote
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized for the side effects ...
READ MORE >
 

Putin Thanks Trump for CIA Tip-Off to Russia to Prevent Church Terrorist Attack

Putin Thanks Trump for CIA Tip-Off to Russia to Prevent Church Terrorist Attack
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that allowed Russia ...
READ MORE >
 

US Soldier Ambushed in Niger wasn’t Captured

US Soldier Ambushed in Niger wasn’t Captured
WASHINGTON—An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured ...
READ MORE >
 

Twin Suicide Bombers Attack Church in Pakistan’s Quetta Ahead of Christmas, Killing Eight

Twin Suicide Bombers Attack Church in Pakistan’s Quetta Ahead of Christmas, Killing Eight
QUETTA/ISLAMABAD—Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Methodist church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people ...
READ MORE >
 

Fantasy film ‘Along with the Gods – Part 1’ stars Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Lee Jung-jae

Fantasy film ‘Along with the Gods – Part 1’ stars Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Lee Jung-jae
Based on the webcomic series "Singwa Hamgge" by Joo Ho-Min, Along With The Gods – Part 1 is ...
READ MORE >