[WSMDiscuss] Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law, amid fears of ‘white terror' (Nathan VanderKlippe) / ‘It Could Be Anyone’ : Hong Kong Security Law Sends Chill Over the City (Vivian Wang and Alexandra Stevenson)

gina vargas ginvargas at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 18:10:18 CEST 2020

I also agree! Jai, thanks for all this permanent work  and reflexion about
the struggles of the wolrd. And I will look the People s Strike.!

Gina Vargas

El jue., 2 jul. 2020 a las 8:51, Jai Sen (<jai.sen at cacim.net>) escribió:

> Thursday, July 2, 2020
> Dear John, and dear Francesca, Gordon, and Azril
>             … what can I say ?!  Thank you so much for this appreciation –
> for these truly wonderful words.  It – writing these introductions – has
> become a bit of a bad habit (sometimes my muse is there, and sometimes she
> isn’t !), and I sometimes (often !) wonder whether I should be doing this,
> or whether it’s just not getting in the way of what’s happening out there…
> Given my doubts, this sudden and totally unexpected shower is so bracing,
> and so wonderful !  Thank you.
>             But, and this said, I don’t know whether any of you got a
> chance to watch the People’s Strike ! broadcast yesterday, but in case not,
> and especially in case you didn’t watch the early moments, I’d like to
> strongly recommend that you watch Elder Rose Brewer’s opening comments, at
> *https://youtu.be/_MX3erzia6Y* <https://youtu.be/_MX3erzia6Y>, to get a
> powerful, moving sense of where we are today…
> In case you want to go straight to hearing her – though there’s some great
> stuff  to start with –. then move the cursor along to about minute 15.  But
> consider watching some or all of the rest, too !
> Warmly, and in struggle and in solidarity as we move through this moment
> in history, and once again with my profound thanks –
> Jai
> On Jul 2, 2020, at 9:06 AM, Azril Bacal Roij <bazril1 at lamolina.edu.pe>
> wrote:
> Dear Jai, John and All,
> Thanks for the wonderful work you do, Jai, keeping us informed and raising
> our awareness at all times of world developments.
> Hopefully, the same organizations and persons that condemned Netanyahu's
> failed attempt to annex Palestine (as I strongly condemn) will show equal
> readiness to condemn the chinese government's legal takeover of Hong Kong
> in the fashion that prompted George Orwell to write ninetyeightyfour.
> Fraternal greetings
> /Azril
> El jue., 2 jul. 2020 a las 11:54, Gordon Asher via WSM-Discuss (<
> wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net>) escribió:
>> Can I second John's comments on how invaluably thought-provoking your
>> introdcutory notes are Jai - they always add something deeply useful to the
>> shared work
>> Big hugs
>> G
>> Work like you don't need money
>> Love like you've never been hurt
>> and dance like no-one's watching
>> "Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate
>> integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system
>> and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means
>> by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and
>> discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." Richard
>> Shaull (foreword to Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
>> "Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world
>> enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from
>> that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and
>> the young, would be inevitable." Hannah Arendt (The Crisis of Education)
>> "it is impossible to imagine a future unless we have located ourselves in
>> the present and its history; however, the reverse is also true in that we
>> cannot locate ourselves in the present and its history unless we imagine
>> the future and commit to creating it" (Anna Stetsenko, 2015).
>> "Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the
>> certainty that something is worth doing no matter how it turns out" Vaclev
>> Havel
> On Jul 1, 2020, at 10:29 PM, Francesca Denegri via WSM-Discuss <
> wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:
> I agree with John!
> Enviado desde mi iPhone
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* WSM-Discuss <wsm-discuss-bounces at lists.openspaceforum.net> on
>> behalf of John Holloway <johnholloway at prodigy.net.mx>
>> *Sent:* 02 July 2020 01:25
>> *To:* Discussion list about emerging world social movement <
>> wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net>; Post Crisis of Civilisation and
>> Alternative Paradigms <
>> crisis-de-civilizacion-y-paradigmas-alternativos at googlegroups.com>; Post
>> Social Movements Riseup <social-movements at lists.riseup.net>; Post Debate
>> <Debate-list at fahamu.org>
>> *Cc:* Nathan VanderKlippe <nvanderklippe at globeandmail.com>
>> *Subject:* Re: [WSMDiscuss] Hong Kong police make first arrests under
>> new security law, amid fears of ‘white terror' (Nathan VanderKlippe) / ‘It
>> Could Be Anyone’ : Hong Kong Security Law Sends Chill Over the City (Vivian
>> Wang and Alexandra Stevenson)
>> Dear Jai,
>>                 Your wee introductory notes are always so fabulous,
>> that’s the part I always read. Thank you so much.
>>                 Abrazos, John
>> *From: *WSM-Discuss <wsm-discuss-bounces at lists.openspaceforum.net> on
>> behalf of Jai Sen <jai.sen at cacim.net>
>> *Reply-To: *Discussion list about emerging world social movement <
>> wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net>
>> *Date: *Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 8:58 AM
>> *To: *Post WSMDiscuss <wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net>, Post
>> Crisis of Civilisation and Alternative Paradigms <
>> crisis-de-civilizacion-y-paradigmas-alternativos at googlegroups.com>, Post
>> Social Movements Riseup <social-movements at lists.riseup.net>, Post Debate
>> <Debate-list at fahamu.org>
>> *Cc: *Nathan VanderKlippe <nvanderklippe at globeandmail.com>
>> *Subject: *[WSMDiscuss] Hong Kong police make first arrests under new
>> security law, amid fears of ‘white terror' (Nathan VanderKlippe) / ‘It
>> Could Be Anyone’ : Hong Kong Security Law Sends Chill Over the City (Vivian
>> Wang and Alexandra Stevenson)
>> Wednesday, July 1, 2020
>> *Hong Kong in movement…, China in movement…, Freedoms in movement…,
>> Resistance in movement…*
>> [Other things being equal, a change is taking place in Hong Kong, in a
>> way starting from today, that is perhaps nothing like what has happened
>> anywhere else in the world, and one that is difficult, I think, for any of
>> us who are not there to fully grasp - and also difficult to come to a
>> definitive judgement on, as outsiders.  (The change has of course not
>> literally started from today; it has been under intense construction, and
>> struggle, for over a year now, and in a generic way dates back to 1997,
>> when Hong Kong was ‘handed back’ by colonial Britain to China, and when it
>> was agreed – by the rulers on both sides, anyway – that Chinese rule would
>> come to bear on the city over the coming decades.)  On the one hand, the
>> lid is coming down on one of the most culturally rich and expressive
>> ‘cities’ – almost a city-state – in the contemporary world, which perhaps
>> as a result also gave birth to one of the most vigorous resistance
>> movements anywhere, that has periodically irrupted over the past many years
>> now and most intensely over this past year; on the other hand, the
>> historical truth is that Hong Kong was occupied and stolen from China by
>> Britain, and in a larger anti-colonial picture, it is only right that it
>> should ‘return’ to China…. The only problem being what China itself, once
>> predated on, has now become….
>> [Here, one more of a news report, and one almost an essay, on the
>> cultural undersides of what is happening in Hong Kong today, as the change
>> comes into force…  And where those who read this post, and who have perhaps
>> read earlier posts of mine on the Hong Kong movements, should know that
>> (again, other things being equal…) the photographs that come with these
>> articles and the earlier ones are perhaps among the last that you will see,
>> of this nature, from Hong Kong…  A moment in history is passing.  But where
>> this in turn should also make us reflect on the condition of the world as
>> it is becoming as a whole, for it is not only in China that authoritarian
>> states have emerged in our times.  In its own way, this is therefore also a
>> snapshot of the history of the contemporary world as it is unfolding :
>> ·      Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law, amid
>> fears of ‘white terror' (Nathan VanderKlippe
>> <https://www.theglobeandmail.com/authors/nathan-vanderklippe/>, *The
>> Globe and Mail)*
>> ·      ‘It Could Be Anyone’ : Hong Kong Security Law Sends Chill Over
>> the City (Vivian Wang <https://www.nytimes.com/by/vivian-wang> and Alexandra
>> Stevenson <https://www.nytimes.com/by/alexandra-stevenson>, New York
>> Times)
>> *Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law, amid fears
>> of ‘white terror'*
>> Nathan VanderKlippe
>> <https://www.theglobeandmail.com/authors/nathan-vanderklippe/>, *The
>> Globe and Mail*
>> https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-hong-kong-police-make-first-arrests-under-new-security-law-amid-fears/
>> [image: Image removed by sender.]
>> Riot police fire tear gas into the crowds to disperse anti-national
>> security law protesters during a march at the anniversary of Hong Kong's
>> handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020.  (Tyrone
>> Siu/Reuters)
>> Police in Hong Kong treated hand-lettered signs and protest chants as
>> signs of secession, as they made their first arrests Wednesday under a new
>> national security law drafted by Beijing that can send people found guilty
>> to jail for life.
>> By 8 p.m., officers in riot gear had arrested more than 300 people,
>> including nine under the national security law. Their offences: carrying
>> banners and signs that proclaimed “Hong Kong Independence,” along with
>> printed cartoons depicting Chinese president Xi Jinping as a dictator with
>> a scalp that resembles a spherical coronavirus.
>> The swift application of the new law by police underscored how rapidly
>> change has descended upon Hong Kong, a city that long enjoyed western-style
>> freedoms but which is now subject to a legal regime that can impose severe
>> punishment according to sweeping Chinese definitions of conduct that
>> constitutes subversion, secession, terrorism or foreign interference.
>> Any flag advocating independence or separatism from China is banned, Hong
>> Kong police said. In a statement, the police said the chant “Hong Kong
>> independence, the only way out,” is “a slogan suspected to be inciting or
>> abetting others to commit secession.” The Canadian government warned that
>> travellers to the city face “increased risk of arbitrary detention on
>> national security grounds and possible extradition to mainland China.”
>> The new law applies to anyone anywhere, raising the new possibility that
>> the city’s authorities can arrest travellers passing through the city’s
>> airport, a key hub for global travel, for transgressions against Beijing.
>> The first arrest under the law was made less than 15 hours after Chinese
>> authorities published its full text, on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of
>> the city’s handover to Chinese control.
>> By mid-day on July 1, police in the city had raised pink signs warning
>> that displaying flags, chanting slogans “or conducting yourselves with an
>> intent such as secession or subversion” could result in arrest under the
>> new law, which threatens life in prison for a broad range of conduct.
>> Police said one officer was stabbed in the arm and another three rammed by
>> a motorcycle during the protests Wednesday, which were much smaller than in
>> previous years but showed the willingness of some in the city to speak out,
>> even if it now risks far greater consequences.
>> National security “is such a pervasive concept that it affects all areas
>> of life,” and even if only small numbers of people are arrested, “it is the
>> deterrent or chilling effect that is intended,” said Bing Ling, professor
>> of Chinese Law at the University of Sydney Law School.
>> Lawyers, activists and artists in Hong Kong have deleted social media
>> accounts and online chat conversations in fear. Workers at human
>> rights-related groups have begun formulating plans to leave the city,
>> worried that to stay could be dangerous.
>> The new law can be used to criminalize the use of legislative
>> filibusters, to jail people for petitioning foreign countries to impose
>> sanctions on Hong Kong and to impose lengthy sentences on those who accuse
>> police of brutality, if those accusations cause public anger and are deemed
>> by authorities to be rumours.
>> The law also specifies that some cases, including those that involve
>> “external elements,” can be handled by Chinese authorities. That means
>> “mainland national security agents can directly arrest people and transfer
>> them to the mainland,” said Prof. Ling. There, “mainland prosecutors will
>> bring the indictment, and a mainland court will rule.”
>> Hong Kong now faces a period of “white terror,” warned Albert Ho, a
>> former legislator with the city’s Democratic Party who is one of the 15
>> recently-arrested people that Chinese state media have called “riot
>> leaders.” The law specifically exempts security police from local rules,
>> while granting them sweeping powers to search people and places, freeze
>> assets and conduct surveillance — with no clear requirement for a prior
>> court-ordered warrant — while the law makes it difficult for judges to
>> allow bail.
>> The “enforcement institutions are so powerful, that one would be totally
>> shattered even before he could appear in court — totally shattered,
>> mentally and physically,” said Mr. Ho. And, he said, the new legal “net is
>> very, very wide, aimed at catching a lot of people — even non-violent
>> protesters.”
>> Authorities in Hong Kong and China, however, pointed to language in the
>> law that says it will protect rights to speech and assembly.
>> “It is constitutional, lawful, reasonable and rational for the central
>> government to introduce the national security law in Hong Kong,” Carrie
>> Lam, the city’s chief executive, said Wednesday. “The law will neither
>> undermine the high degree of autonomy, the judicial independence and the
>> rule of law in Hong Kong, nor will it affect the legitimate rights and
>> interests of Hong Kong people.”
>> “This law is the ‘patron saint’ of Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,”
>> said Zhang Xiaoming, executive deputy director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and
>> Macau Affairs Office. He described it as an effort to “improve” upon the
>> one-country two-systems formulation that has governed Hong Kong since its
>> handover to China from British control.
>> “How can the central government turn a blind eye to all kinds of
>> anti-China and anti-Hong Kong forces and let them wantonly engage in acts
>> and activities that split the country and endanger national security in
>> Hong Kong?” he asked.
>> The law gives Chinese authorities new power to constrain speech in the
>> city, a response to the “subversive and hostile remarks against police”
>> that proliferated over the past year, said Tian Feilong, a law professor at
>> Beihang University who specializes in Hong Kong law.
>> “The effect it will have in Hong Kong is that it will draw a legal
>> boundary for free speech and political freedom,” he said.
>> It is also universal in scope, making Hong Kong, a key centre for global
>> finance and international travel, into a place where police can arrest
>> anyone — foreign citizens included — if their conduct abroad is deemed a
>> threat to Chinese national security. That can include actions considered a
>> provocation of hatred against Beijing and local authorities.
>> “If a foreigner commits a crime that violates the regulations under the
>> Hong Kong national security law, there’s no doubt that he is very likely to
>> be arrested once he’s in Hong Kong — even if he’s just transferring
>> flights,” said Prof. Tian.
>> But he dismissed concerns about those measures, saying “the protection
>> this law will bring to ordinary people will outweigh its impact.”
>> “People in Hong Kong will gradually go back to a peaceful and stable
>> life, and the authority of Hong Kong’s legal system will be restored,” he
>> said. “The outside world will have more confidence in Hong Kong, too.”
>> *With reporting by Alexandra Li.*
>> *‘It Could Be Anyone’: Hong Kong Security Law Sends Chill Over the City*
>> Protesters are deleting their accounts on Twitter and Telegram.
>> Booksellers, professors and nonprofits are questioning their future
>> Vivian Wang <https://www.nytimes.com/by/vivian-wang> and Alexandra
>> Stevenson <https://www.nytimes.com/by/alexandra-stevenson>, New York
>> Times
>> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/world/asia/hong-kong-security-law-china.html
>> [image: Image removed by sender. Hong Kong police officers carried a
>> purple sign on Wednesday warning about acts that violate the new security
>> law.]
>> Hong Kong police officers carried a purple sign on Wednesday warning
>> about acts that violate the new security law.  (Credit...Lam Yik Fei for
>> The New York Times)
>> HONG KONG — A museum that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre
>> is rushing to digitize its archives, afraid its artifacts could be seized.
>> Booksellers are nervously eyeing customers, worried they could be
>> government spies. Writers have asked a news site to delete more than 100
>> articles, anxious that old posts could be used against them.
>> And on Wednesday, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese
>> control — a day usually observed by huge pro-democracy marches — a
>> scattered crowd of protesters tried to rekindle that energy, only to be
>> corralled by the police and arrested over offenses that did not exist a day
>> earlier.
>> The Chinese government’s new security law for Hong Kong
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/world/asia/china-critics-security-law-hong-kong.html>
>> is less than a day old, and already the city is feeling its chilling
>> effect. The law was designed to stamp out the anti-government
>> demonstrations
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/hong-kong-protests?action=click&pgtype=Article&state=default&module=styln-hong-kong&variant=show&region=TOP_BANNER&context=storylines_menu>
>> that have wracked the semiautonomous territory for more than a year. But it
>> also threatens the fabric of life that has made Hong Kong, with its
>> freewheeling cultural scene and civil society, distinct from the rest of
>> China.
>> “You can say this law is just targeting protesters and anti-Chinese
>> politicians, but it could be anyone,” said Isabella Ng, a professor at the
>> Education University of Hong Kong who founded a charity
>> <https://www.facebook.com/HKSASR/?ref=page_internal> that helps refugees
>> in the city.
>> [image: Image removed by sender. Protesters marched in the Causeway Bay
>> neighborhood on Wednesday, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese
>> control.]
>> Protesters marched in the Causeway Bay neighborhood on Wednesday, the
>> anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese control.  (Credit...Lam Yik
>> Fei for The New York Times)
>> “Where is the line to draw?” said Professor Ng, who worries that her
>> charity could one day come under scrutiny. “Everything becomes very
>> uncertain.”
>> The law <http://www.xinhuanet.com/2020-06/30/c_1126179649.htm>, which
>> went into effect as soon as it was released Tuesday night, confirmed many
>> residents’ fears that a range of actions that they had previously engaged
>> in had become hazardous. Though the law specifically bans subversion,
>> sedition, terrorism and collusion, its definition of those crimes could be
>> interpreted broadly to include various forms of speech or organizing.
>> Lobbying foreign governments or publishing anti-Beijing viewpoints could
>> be punished by life imprisonment in serious cases. So could saying anything
>> seen as undermining the ruling Communist Party’s authority. As a few
>> thousand people gathered in a major Hong Kong commercial district on
>> Wednesday, the police forced them off the streets and arrested more than
>> 300 people, including at least nine over new offenses created by the
>> security law. One of the nine was a 15-year-old girl waving a Hong Kong
>> independence flag, the police said.
>> Officials insist that the law will affect only a small group of
>> offenders, but many fear the government could use the law’s expansive
>> definitions to target a wide array of people and organizations. In the
>> mainland, the party has virtually eliminated
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/world/asia/china-journalists-crackdown.html>
>> independent journalism and imposed onerous restrictions
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/world/asia/china-foreign-ngo-law.html>
>> on nongovernmental organizations.
>> Even before the law was passed, activists, journalists, bookshop owners
>> and professors said they had begun second-guessing any speech that could be
>> labeled political. The human rights group Amnesty International said it had
>> drawn up a contingency plan.
>> Many Hong Kongers have expressed interest in emigration, a task that Britain
>> has promised to make easier
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/world/europe/boris-johnson-uk-hong-kong-china.html>.
>> The British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said on Wednesday that some
>> Hong Kong residents would be allowed to live in Britain for five years — up
>> from six months previously — and then apply for citizenship.
>> A former British colony, Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy
>> when it returned to Chinese control in 1997. It found success as a bridge
>> between the mainland and the rest of the world, serving as a haven
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/world/asia/hong-kong-extradition-bill-china.html>
>> for Chinese dissidents and a base for academics, journalists and
>> researchers to chronicle, unfettered, the country’s modernization.
>> But reminders of Chinese control were never far. The abductions of five
>> Hong Kong booksellers
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/magazine/the-case-of-hong-kongs-missing-booksellers.html>
>> in 2015 by the mainland authorities rattled others who had openly marketed
>> salacious Chinese political thrillers or modern historical volumes. Though
>> Hong Kong was long a sanctuary for books banned in the mainland, tighter
>> border checks have recently choked the flow of books between Hong Kong and
>> the mainland.
>> Now the security push has accelerated panic and a sense of foreboding.
>> “If you haven’t tasted what tyranny is, be prepared, because tyranny is
>> not comfortable,” said Bao Pu, the founder of New Century Press, one of the
>> city’s few surviving independent publishers
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/books/hong-kong-publishing-tiananmen.html>
>> .
>> [image: Image removed by sender. Bao Pu founded New Century Press, a Hong
>> Kong publisher that has resisted censorship efforts by Beijing.]
>> Bao Pu founded New Century Press, a Hong Kong publisher that has resisted
>> censorship efforts by Beijing. (Credit...Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times)
>> Albert Wan, the co-owner of Bleak House Books, an independent bookstore,
>> said that he closely tracked all his book shipments, regardless of whether
>> they could be considered political, watching for any sign of delay.
>> He said that he had also grown wary of unfamiliar customers, and tries to
>> decide if they are browsing for books or seemingly “building a profile” of
>> him and his employees.
>> “We are being paranoid,” Mr. Wan said. “I don’t know how else to put it.”
>> For those who built their lives and livelihoods around Hong Kong’s unique
>> freedoms, the security law has forced them to balance two seemingly
>> irreconcilable goals: preserving their own safety, without giving in to
>> fear.
>> The June 4 Museum, which chronicles Beijing’s bloody military crackdown
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/world/asia/tiananmen-massacre-anniversary-archive.html>
>> on student protesters in 1989, has not made plans to move its artifacts
>> overseas for safekeeping. The Chinese government has tried to quash any
>> memory of the massacre, so to hide the archives would be to admit premature
>> defeat, said Lee Cheuk-yan, of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of
>> Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which runs the museum.
>> But reality has also forced the alliance to start an online fund-raiser
>> <https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64museum/june-4th-museum-of-memory-and-human-rights?ref=discovery&term=%E5%85%AD%E5%9B%9B>
>> in support of digitizing the museum’s archives, which include video footage
>> of the protests and letters that protesters wrote to their families.
>> “We of course are racing with time,” Mr. Lee said.
>> [image: Image removed by sender. Lee Cheuk-yan at the June 4 Museum in
>> May. He said hiding its archives would amount to admitting premature
>> defeat.]
>> Lee Cheuk-yan at the June 4 Museum in May. He said hiding its archives
>> would amount to admitting premature defeat.  (Credit...Lam Yik Fei for The
>> New York Times)
>> The chill is not limited to local groups. Large international
>> organizations are also evaluating their future in the city. The new law
>> specifically said that the government would “strengthen the management” of
>> foreign nongovernmental organizations and news agencies.
>> Amnesty International, the human rights group, has drafted plans for
>> leaving Hong Kong, though it does not currently intend to move any
>> employees, said Nicholas Bequelin, the director for Amnesty’s East and
>> Southeast Asia operations. “The rule of law is going to come under very
>> severe stress in Hong Kong,” he said.
>> Concerns about the security law’s reach have also forced many writers and
>> protesters to scrutinize their digital footprint for anything that might
>> now be deemed subversive. Activists deleted their accounts on Twitter and
>> on Telegram, a messaging app popular with protesters.
>> In recent weeks, around a dozen writers asked the editors of InMedia HK,
>> a site that posts articles supporting democracy, to take down some or
>> all of their archives, said Betty Lau, the site’s editor. Editors deleted
>> more than 100 articles, Ms. Lau said.
>> Hong Kong’s reputation for press freedom has long stood in contrast with
>> the mainland’s censorship regime and routine harassment of journalists. But
>> the new security law has thrown the future of the city’s lively news media
>> into question.
>> The Hong Kong News Executives Association, a group representing the top
>> editors of the city’s major news outlets, expressed concern
>> <https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3090787/hong-kong-national-security-law-citys-media-bosses>
>> about the far-reaching impact of the security law ahead of its release. The
>> Foreign Correspondents’ Club urged the government last week to guarantee
>> that the authorities would not seek to interfere with the work of
>> reporters. The government has not responded, but officials have sought to
>> reassure the public that the city’s civil liberties will be protected.
>> During a recent end-of-semester meeting at Hong Kong University’s
>> Journalism and Media Studies Center, staff members wondered aloud where the
>> red line would be and whether certain topics would be off limits, said the
>> center’s director, Keith Richburg.
>> “I’d be lying if I said I don’t think twice about posting something on
>> Twitter before pushing the button,” said Mr. Richburg, a former foreign
>> correspondent with The Washington Post.
>> One of the starkest indicators that the national security law was already
>> having its intended effect came on Tuesday, directly after lawmakers in
>> Beijing unanimously approved it.
>> Joshua Wong
>> <https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/02/world/asia/hong-kong-china-democracy-protests-students.html>,
>> the 23-year-old who is perhaps Hong Kong’s best-known activist, announced
>> on social media that he would withdraw from Demosisto, the youth political
>> group that he founded in 2016, citing fears for his safety. Demosisto,
>> which has called for greater autonomy for Hong Kong, was for many the face
>> of the protest movement’s future.
>> Soon after, three other leading members of Demosisto also resigned. A few
>> hours later, the group announced it was disbanding altogether.
>> In a note explaining his decision, Mr. Wong wrote, “Nobody can be sure of
>> their tomorrow.”
>> [image: Image removed by sender. “Lady Liberty Hong Kong,” a statue
>> modeled on a woman who was hit in the eye at a protest, on display at an
>> exhibition in May.]
>> “Lady Liberty Hong Kong,” a statue modeled on a woman who was hit in the
>> eye at a protest, on display at an exhibition in May.  (Credit...Lam Yik
>> Fei for The New York Times)
>> *Austin Ramzy, Elaine Yu and Tiffany May contributed reporting. Bella
>> Huang contributed research.*
> ____________________________
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> International Development and Globalisation Studies at the University of
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