Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #13 – How the Chinese New Year Began

CLOCKS struck 12 and the evil genii of violence and anarchy was set loose from the Pandora’s Box. Fires were erupted, shots were fired and bricks were thrown – the streets of Mong Kok descended into chaos on the first day of the Year of the Monkey. So what exactly happened? THE FACTS: Unlicensed vendors had enjoyed a decades–long tradition of being on the streets during the first few days of the Lunar New Year. Knowing that the government were to regulate this illegal and unlicensed vending this year, radical ‘localists’ used this as an outlet to vent their grievances towards...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #12 – “Hong Kong’s disappearing bookseller – Lee Bo”

Controversial Hong Kong booksellers who specialises in reading materials that make critical analysis on the Chinese Communist Party has gone missing. There is growing suspicion that they have been detained in mainland China. Lee Bo, is the fifteen person linked to the book shop to go missing in the past two months. Some criticisers believed the Chinese security officers kidnapped the five publishing company employees, possibly because of a planned book about the former love life of President XI Jinping. On the 5th January, Lee Po’s wife has withdrawn her request for police to help find him saying he has been in...
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