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China’s state-backed media in Hong Kong writes that any kinds of “soft resistance”, including dissenting opinions and culture, should be crushed in full force.
Offering bounties of HK$1 million each, the Hong Kong national security police issued arrest warrants for eight exiled pro-democracy activists, who now live in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, extending its political repression globally.
Despite the concerns about censorship, funding, and fewer audiences with the lifting of travel restrictions, directors in Hong Kong believe now is as good a time as any to make films.
The amendments change the references to the crime of collusion with “foreign political organizations” to simply collusion with "organizations outside Macau” that are seeking to damage national security.
Elizabeth Tang, a veteran Hong Kong labor activist, was arrested after she visited her husband Lee Cheuk Yan, who’s in jail for organizing and participating in several unauthorized assemblies between 2019 and 2020.
Thirty-one of the 47 pleaded guilty before the case came to trial. According to the prosecutor, four of the 47 defendants are set to testify against the 16 who did not plead guilty.
Beijing Empowers Hong Kong Chief Executive To Direct Local Courts on National Security-related Trials
The immediate effect is that Jimmy Lai would lose his right to hire an overseas lawyer to defend against foreign collusion charges, which could lead to a maximum life sentence.
Jimmy Lai’s case could be complicated as six former staff members of Apple Daily and Next Digital pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit collusion last year.