Connect with us

Top News

Hong Kongers defy coronavirus restrictions to protest national security law

Published

on

Hong Kong lawmaker: Our young are fighting for their future

Police fired tear gas at the crowds less than an hour after the start of the march, which did not receive official authorization and went against coronavirus social distancing restrictions, which ban groups of more than eight people meeting. An online stream showed protesters throwing objects at police.

Protesters had begun gathering around midday in Causeway Bay, a busy shopping district, despite a heavy police presence across Hong Kong Island. Attempts to claim the march was a permitted “health talk” were unsuccessful, and police quickly declared the protest illegal and ordered people to disperse.

Several thousand people marched nevertheless, chanting slogans which became a familiar refrain in the city during the over six-months of anti-government unrest, including “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”

Others chanted “Hong Kong independence, the only way out,” and others flew blue, pro-independence flags. Such activity could likely be illegal under the proposed security law. Beijing has often expressed outrage over separatist sentiment in the city, which remains a niche issue but gained influence during last year’s unrest.

Asked if she was worried about the potential repercussions of chanting such slogans, Macy Wong, 26, said that she was comfortable doing so, as others were doing the same.

“Independence is Hong Kong’s long-term goal,” Wong said. “Maybe it’s not feasible in the near future, but that’s ultimately what we want.”

Anti-sedition law

China announced Thursday that it plans to introduce a new national security law in Hong Kong — bypassing the city’s legislature — which is expected to ban sedition, secession and subversion against Beijing. It will also enable mainland Chinese national security agencies to operate in the city for the first time.

See also  CNN's Van Jones reportedly helped craft Trump's police reform

The announcement sparked immediate outcry from opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong, human rights groups and multiple international governments.

It also sent chills through the city’s financial markets with Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index plummeting more than 5% on Friday, its worst one-day percentage drop since July 2015.

Beijing’s move implies much greater intervention in the city, which has largely been allowed to manage its own affairs since the former British colony became a semi-autonomous region of China more than 20 years ago.

“It is the end of ‘one country, two systems’,” said Dennis Kwok, a pro-democracy lawmaker, referring to the principle by which Hong Kong has retained limited democracy and civil liberties since coming under Chinese control. “(They are) completely destroying Hong Kong.”

The move is likely to fuel further anger and protests in the city, which was rocked by over six months of increasingly violent anti-government unrest last year.

Those protests began over proposed law that would allow for extradition to mainland China, but expanded to include calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality and greater democracy.

The legislation, expected to be passed by china’s National People’s Congress (NPC) later this month, is set to be introduced in Hong Kong through a rarely used constitutional method that will bypass Hong Kong’s legislature.

The law will have drastic effects on large swathes of Hong Kong society, from the city’s political sphere to media, education and international business.

Chinese officials and state media defended the law as vital to protecting national security in the wake of last year’s protests and a 17-year failure by the Hong Kong government to pass similar legislation, since the last effort was met with mass protests in 2003.

See also  Architect William Hefner's style: luxury and simplicity

“National security is the bedrock underpinning a country’s stability. Safeguarding national security serves the fundamental interests of all Chinese people, including our HK compatriots,” NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui told a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.

Pedestrians walk under a television screen in Hong Kong on May 21, 2020, showing a news broadcast of footage from Beijing of Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Biggest blow since handover

Hong Kong has always prided itself on following the rule of law, with an independent judiciary and civil liberties far beyond what is allowed across the border in mainland China.

These rights are enshrined within the Basic Law — the city’s de facto constitution — and guaranteed (in theory) by an agreement between China and the United Kingdom when Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997. Hong Kong, unlike China, is also party to international treaties guaranteeing various civil liberties.

Businesses fear the worst for Hong Kong's future

The new law challenges all of this. By criminalizing such a broad swath of ill-defined acts, it could give the authorities leeway to go after the city’s opposition as they see fit.

In China, sweeping national security laws have been used to target human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and pro-democracy campaigners. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in 2017 after more than a decade behind bars, was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the proposed national security law, warning that the passage of the legislation would be a “death knell” for Hong Kong’s autonomy.

“The United States strongly urges Beijing to reconsider its disastrous proposal, abide by its international obligations, and respect Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, democratic institutions, and civil liberties, which are key to preserving its special status under US law,” he said, adding that the US stands “with the people of Hong Kong.”

See also  Portuguese President Calls Early Elections For January 30 Reuters

CNN’s Sarah Faidell, Chermaine Lee and Alexander Lin contributed reporting.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top News

Glovo puts Spanish at the head of the Portuguese market

Published

on

Glovo puts Spanish at the head of the Portuguese market

Glovo has a new leader in the Portuguese market. The food and grocery delivery platform has appointed Spaniard Joaquín Vazquez as CEO of the Portuguese market, according to an announcement made on Tuesday.

Joaquín Vazquez has so far been the CEO of the company in central and southern Spain. In his new position, a manager with a degree in sales and marketing management will lead Glovo’s next phase of growth in Portugal.

The company intends to hire more people, reach 75% of the Portuguese population and ship products outside of 90 national cities.

“Glovo is entering its fifth year of operations in Portugal and continues to grow year on year in the country – 2021 recorded growth of over 100% across all categories. We want to further diversify the products available in the app, think outside the box. and thus realize our vision: to give everyone and everyone access to everything in their cities,” says the new official, quoted in a press release.

Since 2021, technology has begun to rely on three delivery verticals: within 15 minutes (ultra-fast food and grocery delivery), within 30 minutes (food delivery), or within hours (planned purchases). Portuguese Mercadan and Spanish market Lola).

Continue Reading

Top News

″Already transmitted from Portuguese″. Brazil and Portugal or double negative

Published

on

″Already transmitted from Portuguese″.  Brazil and Portugal or double negative

Portugal, my grandfather (Manuel Bandeira)

Book by Carlos Fino. Portugal-Brazil: Roots of weirdness is a very well-documented and well-founded historical analysis of the undeniable factual reality that are anti-Portuguese manifestations present, hidden or expressed in Brazilian culture. The reaction of living denial that this book has found in Portugal and Brazil illustrates the idea, which I will try to develop here, of the “double denial” on which the Portuguese-Brazilian relationship is based, which, paradoxically, finds in this double denial of passionate roots. their encounters and disagreements.

Noel Rosa in one of his songs reminds us that “everything that the scoundrel says / in a soft voice / is Brazilian, has already come from Portuguese” (has no translation, 1930). The transition from Portuguese to Brazilian was the obvious and natural destination of the Portuguese in Brazil. But this rejection of the Portuguese has its origin (as Carlos Fino shows) in the very project and dream of the Portuguese in relation to Brazil: to create a true homeland worthy of an empire across the Atlantic, away from the cramped piece of Europe that was ours. The king of Portugal himself said this when he decided to establish in Brazil the seat of an empire that, without the brilliance and richness of the past, still dominated the maritime trade network that connected four continents: Asia, Africa, America and Europe. How strange that the court of Rio de Janeiro, in the face of this grandiose project, preferred to transfer Portugal to the government of the English marshal? When we were a colony of Brazilians, we were in fact the colony of the Portuguese dream itself, formulated by António Vieira or Luis da Cunha and applied by Portuguese administration and diplomacy until it culminated in the United Kingdom of Portugal and Brazil, which could only have its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.

See also  Yoenis Cespedes 'looks like a monster'

Being the independence of the Portuguese colonists against the intention of the Portuguese of Portugal to return the empire to the Lusitian territory of Europe, the assertion of a Brazilian identity so distant that it was from Indians and blacks could only be carried out through a process of negation. And this denial, which the Portuguese of Brazil inevitably had to make about Portugal, echoes today the denial that the Portuguese and Brazilians now express about the reality of this initial mutual rejection. Hence, negation of negation.

at your rehearsal negation (1925) Freud explained how “the content of a repressed image or idea can emerge into consciousness provided that it is denied,” suggesting that “denial is a way of becoming aware of the repressed, although, of course, without its participation.” accepting what has been repressed.” In the same way, the repression of the Portuguese content, so strongly present in Brazil, was a condition of independence, but it gave rise to a false consciousness, which began to be expressed in various nativisms, like the current denial of this reality. generally does not contribute to a better understanding between the Portuguese and Brazilians.

Continue Reading

Top News

“Any aggression against Ukraine will have consequences,” says Augusto Santos Silva — Observer

Published

on

“Any aggression against Ukraine will have consequences,” says Augusto Santos Silva — Observer

You have free access to all Observer articles as a subscriber.

(in update)

“Our goal is very simple – to avoid an armed conflict in Eastern Europe, an armed conflict on the border between Russia and Ukraine, and that is what we are working for,” Augusto Santos Silva said at a press conference in Brussels on Monday. after the meeting of the Security Council with the heads of EU diplomacy.

The Portuguese Foreign Minister specified that the “politico-diplomatic path” still exists and is “far from” exhausted. “This continues and must continue.”

Augusto Santos Silva also indicated that the US “will give a written response to Russia’s request this week to the proposals submitted by Russia last December, and NATO will do the same.”

“We must all commit ourselves to avoid any escalation,” he added. “Any aggression against Ukraine, any violation by Russia of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine will have grave consequences that will motivate a response. In the case of the EU, a very difficult answer in political and economic terms. We are ready for such a response if necessary,” he continued, later referring to “tough sanctions.”

Ukraine. EU diplomats discussed the situation with their American counterpart

A PUB • CONTINUE TO READ BELOW

Santo Silva spoke of preventing a “serious crisis” of security in Europe, as well as “any aggression against a sovereign state and any violation of its territorial integrity.” The Portuguese minister also recalled the recent support of the European Commission in the amount of 1.2 billion euros provided to Ukraine, as well as a credit line.

The heads of European Union diplomacy met this Monday to discuss, among other things, the situation of tension between Ukraine and Russia over the threat of attack at a time when the US has ordered the removal of all workers’ families from the country. Embassy of Ukraine with fears of the inevitability of a Russian invasion – the EU says there is no reason to “dramatize” the situation. Today’s videoconference meeting was also attended by the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken.

US and UK recall diplomats from Ukraine, but EU says no need to ‘dramatize’

Also this Monday, NATO Allies put forces on alert and sent ships and fighter jets to strengthen defenses in Eastern Europe against Russian military activity near Ukraine’s borders.

In response to a question from journalists, Augusto Santos Silva clarified that the Portuguese embassy in Ukraine is “small”, which mainly employs local employees, that is, of Ukrainian nationality. “Neither we nor any other EU member state will carry out the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel”, he replied.

The minister also mentioned that there are 216 Portuguese citizens living in the country, with “the vast majority” holding dual citizenship. “We know who they are and where they are,” he said, while only a “residual number” live in eastern Ukraine – there is “special contact with them to ascertain their safety and health status.” There is nothing to report yet. He also recalled that since 2014, at the time of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Portugal has advised against traveling to the Donbass.

V interview In the renaissance era, António Costa spoke on Monday about the escalation of tensions on the border with Ukraine. “I am very worried. There are real risks that a military conflict could arise between Russia and Ukraine. We are following the EU and NATO frameworks, we are developing, we are stimulating political dialogue and deterrence.”

“Yesterday I had the opportunity to contact Ursula von der Leyen about our position, and I had the opportunity to emphasize that we must take into account that the decisions we make regarding Russia directly or indirectly affect African countries. next to us,” recalls the prime minister. “Portugal has a military presence within the framework of the United Nations in CAR, Mali. As we approach decisions and take positions, reactions are generated on a variety of fronts. Europe has not only an eastern border, but also a southern border.”

“As a militant optimist, I believe that the most rational is to find a solution within the framework of international law and territorial integrity, which actually allows you to find a deterrent solution,” he emphasizes.

See also  China will sanction Lockheed Martin about arms product sales to Taiwan
Continue Reading

Trending