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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 00:27
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 01:07

On This Day — May 20, 1989: Martial law takes effect at 10:00 a.m.: PLA units are ordered to clear Tiananmen Square and return order to the city: “Demonstrations, petitioning, class boycotts, strikes . . . are prohibited . . . [A]rmed police and People’s Liberation Army soldiers have the right to exercise any force necessary to stop or prevent any violation of martial law orders.”
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Blood red anxiety: How Tiananmen coloured the world of Chinese artist Chen Guang
South China Morning Post, May 20, 2019

30 years ago: Zhao Ziyang: “We came too late”
China Digital Times, May 19, 2019

台北“六四研讨会” 王丹以十六字揭幕 (“Never forget, never give up, reunite, and start again,” says Wang Dan at opening ceremony of June Fourth symposium in Taipei)
Deutsche Welle, May 18, 2019

黃耀明將發表新歌紀念六四 「我們不能忘記歷史」 (Anthony Wong, Hong Kong singer who was banned from China’s Apple Music store, to release new song about remembering June Fourth)
Inmediahk.net, May 18, 2019

30 years ago: Li Peng meets student representatives
China Digital Times, May 18, 2019

Explainer: 30 years on, the troubled history of Tiananmen Square’s Goddess of Democracy
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2019

30 years ago: Gorbachev calls protesters “hotheads”
China Digital Times, May 17, 2019

“We saw humanity”: A Chinese student on the day Bob Hawke wept over Tiananmen
The Guardian, May 17, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 01:29

On This Day — May 17, 1989: Intellectuals’ response: Prominent intellectuals (incl. Yan Jiaqi, Bao Zunxin) draft declaration urging govt to recognize legitimacy of Students’ Autonomous Federation, promote political reform, eliminate corruption, and respect freedoms of press, thought, assembly

March of over one million: More than one million people march in Beijing, including workers, All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) officials, journalists, doctors, and nurses.
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30 years ago: Gorbachev meets Deng; protests grow
China Digital Times, May 16, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 00:50

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong returns to jail after court hears Umbrella Movement appeal
Hong Kong Free Press, May 16, 2019

【逃犯條例】民主派促撤回修例、確認涂謹申為主席 建制派斥民主派無誠意 (Bipartisan negotiation lasts only 15 minutes: Pan-Dems insist on confirmation of James To as chairman, retraction of amendment bill; pro-establishment slams them for having “no sincerity to negotiate”)
Inmediahk.net, May 16, 2019

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堅持合憲會議 提防談判陷阱—— 就《逃犯條例》各黨派協商之嚴正聲明 (“Stand firm on constitutionality of meeting and beware of negotiation trap”: Statement by Demosisto to LegCo parties)
Inmediahk.net, May 15, 2019

【逃犯條例】林鄭:工作未做完ㅤ無咩可撤回ㅤ修例有社會支持 (Carrie Lam: Work on extradition law amendment is not finished and there is nothing to retract; amendment supported by society)
The Stand News, May 16, 2019

北京就修订《逃犯条例》表态 表明要尊重“一制” (Beijing speaks up on extradition law amendment: Hong Kong must respect mainland’s “one system” as part of One Country Two Systems)
Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2019

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“Necessary, appropriate, lawful and reasonable”: Beijing renews pressure on Hong Kong to pass extradition bill
Hong Kong Free Press, May 16, 2019

中聯辦明晤人代政協挺修例 建制:將聽重要指示 胡志偉:變政治硬任務 (Hong Kong Liaison Office calls urgent meeting with Hong Kong’s National People Congress and Political Consultative Conference delegates to give directions on extradition law amendment, reports say Beijing officials urging patriotic groups to start narrative campaign to support government to get bill passed)
Ming Pao, May 16, 2019

Avery Ng and other pro-democracy activists convicted over 2016 clashes outside Beijing office
Hong Kong Free Press, May 15, 2019

New deputy director role proposed for public broadcaster RTHK, but critics fear gov’t influence
Hong Kong Free Press, May 15, 2019

HKJA regrets the obstruction of news coverage by Legco security guards, and demands Legco president to clarify his position
Hong Kong Journalists Association, May 15, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 00:35

“香港民主之父”:倘若我们屈服,大陆再无民主曙光 (Hong Kong veteran democrat Martin Lee: If we bow down, there is no more hope for democracy in the mainland)
Radio Free Asia, May 14, 2019

Hong Kong leader stakes credibility on extradition bill – but impasse continues in Legislative Council
South China Morning Post, May 14, 2019

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【逃犯條例】涂謹申倡三方會議協商 張建宗:行政機關不宜介入立會程序爭拗 (Not suitable for administration to interfere with procedural matters of the legislature, says Matthew Cheung, responding to calls for tripartite negotiations on extradition law amendment bill)
The Stand News, May 14, 2019

Extraditions from Hong Kong to rest of China violate Basic Law, argue lawyers for fugitive tycoon Joseph Lau in judicial review
South China Morning Post, May 15, 2019

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【逃犯條例】中聯辦:港回歸至今未曾向內地移交疑犯 修例乃落實基本法應有之義 (Hong Kong Liaison Office speaks up on extradition law: amendments are a necessary justice to implement the Basic Law)
The Stand News, May 15, 2019

UK minister’s “deep concern” over HK extradition
RTHK, May 15, 2019

【逃犯條例】郭榮鏗:德外交政策總監表明 考慮取消與香港移交逃犯協議 (Germany considers cancelling extradition arrangements with Hong Kong over amendment concerns)
The Stand News, May 15, 2019

Taiwan extends visa for “exiled” Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee by two months
Hong Kong Free Press, May 14, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 00:35

On This Day — May 15, 1989: Foreign dignitary visit to Beijing: On this day in 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev comes to Beijing for a summit meeting with Deng Xiaoping. Instead of an official welcome on Tiananmen Square, Gorbachev enters the Great Hall of the People by a back entrance. Thousands of intellectuals, teachers and scientists march to the square.
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30年後,香港還能守住六四記憶嗎?—— 專訪李立峯 (Interview with journalism scholar Francis Lee: 30 years on, will Hong Kong still be able to guard the memory of June Fourth?)
The Initium, May 15, 2019

30 years ago: Zhao Ziyang appears to win backing
China Digital Times, May 14, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 02:42

Ex-Interpol chief’s wife gets asylum in France
Associated Press, May 13, 2019

Wife of jailed rights lawyer gets two letters “admitting” to “crimes”
Radio Free Asia, May 13, 2019

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王全璋监狱“来信” 妻会见无门 (Li Wenzu’s attempts to visit husband Wang Quanzhang are futile; she receives suspicious handwritten letters)
Deutsche Welle, May 13, 2019

司法解释涉群众利益可公开征求意见 (New regulation allows Supreme People’s Procuratorate to solicit public opinion through newspaper and internet for judicial interpretations that “involve public interest”)
Legal Daily, May 13, 2019
HRIC Note: The newly-amended regulation was issued on May 13, 2019, effective immediately. In preparing draft judicial interpretations, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) must now consult relevant authorities and local and special procuratorates. Where it deems necessary, the SPP may also consult the National People’s Congress, political advisors, and scholars. If the Procurator-General gives authorization, the SPP may also solicit public opinion via newspaper and internet for cases involving the interests of the general public.

內地維權律師余文生妻子稱相信丈夫案件已秘密開庭審訊 (Xu Yan, wife of detained rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, says she believes secret trial for Yu has already convened in Jiangsu)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 11, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 16:46

On This Day — May 12, 1989:Hunger strike debates: In the evening, at Peking University, Chai Ling joins the efforts of students Wang Dan, Wu’er Kaixi, and six others to advocate a hunger strike as a strategy to force the government to listen to the students’ pleas. Students at Peking University in favor of a hunger strike rapidly increase in number from 40 to over 200.

On This Day — May 13, 1989:Hunger strike begins: As a result of the delay in response from the government, hundreds of thousands of students converge on the square to stage a sit-in and hunger strike. The hunger strike begins, eventually drawing over 3,000 participants. Party leaders eventually agree to a dialogue with the students’ Dialogue Delegation on May 14.

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The Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on – Survivor Q&A: Zhou Fengsuo
Hong Kong Free Press, May 12, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 00:15

歐盟2018香港報告:「一國兩制」受蠶食 港府:不應干預香港內部事務 (European Union report on Hong Kong warns erosion of One Country Two Systems; finds civil and political rights, freedom of speech facing “unprecedented challenges”)
Ming Pao, May 9, 2019

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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Annual Report 2018 - Joint Report to the European Parliament and the Council
European External Action Service, May 8, 2019

港大校友聯署登全版廣告 促校方公正處理戴耀廷教席 (Over 1,500 University of Hong Kong alumni sign petition to demand fair handling of Benny Tai’s tenure, concern group prepares full front-page ad)
Inmediahk.net, May 8, 2019

李柱铭加拿大记者会上批评习近平要令香港消失 (“Xi Jinping wants Hong Kong to disappear,” says veteran democrat Martin Lee in press conference in Canada)
Radio France Internationale, May 8, 2019

【逃犯條例】批極端言論挑起中港矛盾 林鄭:感痛心及遺憾 (Democrats kicked out of LegCo Q&A with Chief Executive for saying Carrie Lam lied; Lam had denounced criticism of extradition law as “extremist messages” causing “conflict between Hong Kong and the central government,” said assertions that China was intentionally omitted in existing extradition arrangement are “rubbish”)
The Stand News, May 9, 2019

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International Chamber of Commerce-Hong Kong calls on government to halt extradition bill, saying global companies might ­reconsider locating offices in the city
South China Morning Post, May 8, 2019

Hong Kong extradition law seen raising risks for U.S. interests: Commission
Reuters, May 8, 2019

Hong Kong High Court to rule on constitutionality of controversial amendment to Legco house rule that limits filibustering
South China Morning Post, May 8, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 03:59

Carrie Lam sticks to her guns on Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill, but government will hear public concerns
South China Morning Post, May 7, 2019

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【逃犯條例.短片】鄭若驊:港人港審、域外法權均「不確切可行」 有否實施《公民權利公約》非考慮因素 (Secretary of Justice, Teresa Cheng, rejects all counter-proposals from civil society as “not practical”; Carrie Lam confirms no changes will be made to amendment bill)
Ming Pao, May 7, 2019

Hong Kong’s proposed extradition bill could extend Beijing’s coercive reach: Risks for the United States
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, May 7, 2019

望李倩怡好好生活 籲台灣人對抗北京 林榮基:台灣是最後堡壘不能丟失 (“Taiwan is the last fortress; we can’t lose it,” says Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who fled to Taiwan over extradition concerns)
The Stand News, May 7, 2019

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流亡少女李倩怡:香港人跟台灣人沒有本錢再天真下去 (Hong Kong woman who fled to Taiwan to avoid rioting charges over Mongkok clash speaks for the first time in interview: Hong Kongers and Taiwanese people can no longer afford to be naive)
The Stand News, May 7, 2019

Government can’t justify discriminatory treatment, lawyer for gay Hong Kong civil servant argues in final appeal over spousal rights
South China Morning Post, May 7, 2019

保安局:不公布水炮車水壓數字 防有人掌握警方戰略 會集中射向人群下肢 (Security Bureau refuses to disclose operation guidelines and capability of newly-acquired crowd control water cannons, dodges queries on potential injuries on targets)
The Stand News, May 7, 2019

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