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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 23:29

On This Day — May 30, 1989: Three leading members of the BWAF detained: Members of the Beijing Workers’ Autonomous Federation are detained by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, which had ordered the workers to vacate the place they were occupying the night before. The BWAF moves its headquarters to the northwest of the square.
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Related:
HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
‐ Project subsite homepage
‐ HRIC statement
‐ Profiles of the “Unforgotten”

Video: Canadian journalist shares newly restored footage of Tiananmen Massacre horror
Hong Kong Free Press, May 30, 2019

六四30周年:天安门事件如何影响港台的社会与学生运动 (June Fourth 30th anniversary: How did the Tiananmen massacre affect society and student movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan?)
BBC, May 30, 2019

30 years ago: Students renew call for change
China Digital Times, May 29, 2019

Chinese artist mentions Tiananmen Massacre anniversary in award speech
Radio Free Asia, May 29, 2019

Hong Kong teacher hopes new book on Tiananmen Square crackdown can educate younger readers
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2019

Why Hong Kong maths teacher who witnessed Tiananmen Square crackdown holds special history lessons once a year for his students
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2019

Hong Kong student unions to host Tiananmen Massacre forum, amid lingering rift with vigil organisers
Hong Kong Free Press, May 29, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 23:49

On This Day — May 29, 1989: Goddess of Democracy erected: During the night, students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts assemble the 37-foot-high statue of the Goddess of Democracy, built in two days out of plaster and Styrofoam. It stands opposite the giant portrait of Mao Zedong.
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Hong Kong has kept flame of Tiananmen Square crackdown alive for 30 years – but is the fire burning out?
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2019

30 years after Tiananmen, a Chinese military insider warns: Never forget
The New York Times, May 28, 2019

30 years ago: Students urge end to siege of square
China Digital Times, May 28, 2019

30 years on, Chinese dissident Wang Dan reflects on the Tiananmen Massacre
Agence France-Presse, May 28, 2019

Relatives of Tiananmen Massacre victims pay respects at cemetery
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2019

Why we remember June Fourth
ChinaFile, May 28, 2019

Related:
HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
‐ Project subsite homepage
‐ HRIC statement
‐ Profiles of the “Unforgotten”

Hong Kong activist keeping promise he made 30 years ago to ensure Tiananmen Square crackdown is not forgotten
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019

30 years ago: Li Peng tightens grip
China Digital Times, May 27, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 23:19

Hong Kong judges see risks in proposed extradition changes
Reuters, May 29, 2019

劉鑾雄撤回對修訂逃犯條例司法覆核申請 (Joseph Lau to withdraw application for judicial review of extradition law amendment, saying his application was “not aimed at the country or the Hong Kong government,” hopes for “harmony and stability”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 29, 2019

Video: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam pledges more adjustments to extradition bill, amid storm of criticism
Hong Kong Free Press, May 28, 2019

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【專訪】戴啟思質疑提高引渡罪行門檻只是小修小補 (Philip Dykes criticizes raising rendition threshold to 7 years as “minor touch-up” to bill, emphasizes distrust of mainland legal system)
Now News, May 29, 2019

Hong Kong extradition bill: Government looks at allowing prison terms to be served in city
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019

Legalising same-sex marriage in Hong Kong “impractical,” “waste of resources,” claims new equality watchdog chief
Hong Kong Free Press, May 29, 2019

“Now or never” for Hong Kong LGBT couples to secure right to marriage and civil unions, as court challenge to government begins
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019

【逃犯條例】 專訪 FCC 前主席 Steve Vines:憂傳媒噤聲記者被捕 信港人不易投降 (Interview: Former FCC chairman Steve Vines speaks out on extradition amendments’ threat to press freedom in Hong Kong, has faith that Hong Kong people will not give up)
The Stand News, May 28, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 00:42

On This Day — May 28, 1989: Arrests begin: Bao Tong, Zhao Ziyang’s former aide, is arrested in one of the first of tens of thousands of arrests in which protest leaders, participants, and sympathizers are detained across the country.
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《六四30年》:天安門母親冀延續抗爭力量 (June Fourth 30th anniversary: Tiananmen Mothers wish to continue the resistance)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 28, 2019

6 months after cancelled exhibition, new film about Chinese cartoonist Badiucao to air on Tiananmen anniversary
Hong Kong Free Press, May 28, 2019

Remembering the Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on: “They died on the spot”
Radio Free Asia, May 27, 2019

Related:
HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
‐ Project subsite homepage
‐ HRIC statement
‐ Profiles of the “Unforgotten”

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 00:42

China wages relentless crackdowns on its Muslims. But Saudi Arabia stays quiet as it bolsters ties with Beijing.
Washington Post, May 27, 2019

一位德国学者如何孤身挖出了中国镇压穆斯林的证据?
The German data diver who exposed China’s Muslim crackdown
Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2019

新疆针对失业青年实施“青年就业启航计划” (Xinjiang authorities implement “youth employment initiation project” for unemployed residents between 16-35 years old)
People’s Daily, May 27, 2019
HRIC Note: The project, proclaimed as an initiative to aid local unemployment, commences by building a data server to host information on unemployed persons aged 16-35. Project details include real-name registration, collection of data on family conditions, reasons for unemployment, career preferences, and skill levels. Authorities will also organize “tours of human resources markets and skilled-labour institutes” and arrange for subsidies and placement in “vocational training camps and employment training workshops.” These efforts are meant to encourage “trainee-style development.”

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 03:08

On This Day — May 27, 1989: Debates on whether to stay in the Square: The Capital Joint Liaison Group, a group consisting of workers, students, and intellectuals, states that the students should stay on the square until May 30. A few student representatives refuse to agree to retreat on May 30, believing that a withdrawal without any concession from the government is tantamount to surrender. The Capital Joint Liaison Group agrees.
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Related:
HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
‐ Project subsite homepage
‐ HRIC statement
‐ Profiles of the “Unforgotten”

中學生嘆有包袱 赴六四晚會「戴帽戴眼鏡」(Hong Kong student from China describes fear and uncertainty over learning about June 4 and taking part in anniversary activities)
Ming Pao, May 27, 2019

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Generation Amnesia: Why China’s youth don’t talk about Tiananmen
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2019

30 years ago: Tide turns toward hard-liner
China Digital Times, May 26, 2019

六四30周年特辑之六:大学生 不成熟的八九民运主体 (June Fourth 30th anniversary special feature: University students, the core of a fledgling 1989 democratic movement)
BBC, May 26, 2019

【六四三十】支聯會遊行悼念兼反送中 老中青齊上街拒絕遺忘 (Over 2,000 protestors of different generations rally in June Fourth anniversary march, also protesting against extradition law amendments)
Inmediahk.net, May 26, 2019

Related:
In Pictures: 30 years on, thousands in Hong Kong demand justice for Tiananmen Massacre victims
Hong Kong Free Press, May 27, 2019

六四30年:被忽略的“六四抗暴者” (Civil Disobedience Against Government Violence: The forgotten names in history)
Voice of America, May 25, 2019

30 years ago: Chaos among the leaders
China Digital Times, May 25, 2019

The road not taken: China after Tiananmen
Financial Times, May 24, 2019

How Hong Kong activists helped fund Chinese dissidents and pro-democracy activists caught up in Tiananmen Square crackdown
South China Morning Post, May 24, 2019

30 years ago: Changes at top are hinted
China Digital Times, May 24, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 03:08

百名全国宗教界代表人士齐聚曲阜,致敬中华优秀传统文化 (100 “religion representatives” join in United Front activity to “experience Chinese culture”)
The Paper, May 27, 2019
HRIC Note: United Front identified priority areas for implementing Sinicization of religion, including: upholding Party rule and socialist system; unifying “loving religion” with “loving country” and promoting education about socialism with Chinese characteristics; self-discipline in upholding the Constitution and authority of the law with strong opposition to illegal activities done in the name of religion; insisting on separation of religion from government and non-interference of religion in government functions.

U.S. ambassador urges China to talk to the Dalai Lama
Reuters, May 26, 2019

中央和国家机关青年干部学习习近平新时代 中国特色社会主义思想经验交流会在京召开 (Young party officials convene summit to learn loyalty to the Party through study of Xi Jinping Thought for a New Era)
People’s Daily, May 25, 2019

Taiwan changes name of de facto embassy in United States to “reflect stronger ties”
South China Morning Post, May 25, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 03:08

Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui guilty of assault after snatching public official’s phone, dashing to men’s toilet and emailing files to himself
South China Morning Post, May 27, 2019

特首:德庇護黃台仰及李東昇衝著本港司法獨立 (Germany granting asylum to Ray Wong and Alan Li is a direct affront to Hong Kong’s judicial independence, says Carrie Lam)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 25, 2019

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Chinese officials tell Germany to stay out of Hong Kong affairs after wanted activists gain refugee status
Hong Kong Free Press, May 24, 2019

Hong Kong’s LGBT supporters rally in Central, calling for city to follow Taiwan’s example on same-sex marriage
South China Morning Post, May 25, 2019

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國泰男男牽手廣告終亮相 反同志組織:同運人士造成「逆向歧視」(Anti-LGBT groups criticize undue pressure on advertising companies, warning of chilling effect and “reverse discrimination” after ban on Cathay Pacific ad was lifted)
Ming Pao, May 26, 2019

EU lodges formal diplomatic note against contentious Hong Kong extradition bill
Reuters, May 24, 2019

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【逃犯條例】歐盟外交照會 林鄭:對方僅宣示立場,未提具體擔憂和意見 (After European Union lodges rare demarche against extradition law amendment, Carrie Lam meets with EU consulate, and says it was “just a declaration of stance, did not hear any actual concerns or opinion on amendments”)
The Stand News, May 25, 2019

Convicted Occupy pair lodge judicial appeals for roles in Hong Kong’s biggest civil disobedience movement
South China Morning Post, May 25, 2019

【逃犯條例】內會通過解散法案委員會 涂謹申:政府不尊重立法會可恥 張超雄:建制派自我閹割 (Extradition law amendments: LegCo House Committee, led by pro-Beijing camp, dismisses Bills Committee, will resume second reading in mid-June)
The Stand News, May 24, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 01:12

德國難民局:港人申請庇護三年共接三宗 (Germany confirms 3 applications for asylum of Hong Kong citizens in the past 3 years, details of third application unknown)
Ming Pao, May 23, 2019

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黃台仰李東昇獲德國庇護 李家超:港德有引渡協定,但棄保潛逃不屬可引渡罪行 (Police will “follow legal procedures” on wanted fugitives, says Security Bureau chief; absconding is not within list of applicable crimes in extradition agreement with Germany)
The Stand News, May 22, 2019

Mong Kok riot fugitives offered asylum in Germany a “damaging blow” to Hong Kong’s reputation and likely to anger Beijing, analysts say
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019

【禁民族黨運作】民族黨放棄上訴 陳浩天:司法制度無法伸張正義 (Hong Kong National Party foregoes appeal against party ban: “We all know the judicial system cannot grant us justice,” says leader Andy Chan)
The Stand News, May 22, 2019

【國歌法】律師會:應清晰定義侮辱國歌行為 3 年監禁不合比例 (Law Society of Hong Kong urges clarification of definitions in National Anthem Bill, calls 3-year imprisonment “disproportionate”)
The Stand News, May 22, 2019

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Law against insulting Chinese national anthem in Hong Kong criticised for “imprecise” wording and specifying standards of decorum
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2019

Hong Kong police arrest student independence movement leader for allegedly damaging Chinese flag
Hong Kong Free Press, May 22, 2019

LGBT rights in Hong Kong: Following furore over Cathay Pacific advert showing same-sex couple banned on rail network and in airport, what next?
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2019

Philippines demands Hong Kong explain grilling of former official who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019

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

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

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