Hong Kong media mogul arrested over anti-government protest
The Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested on Friday in what a pro-democracy lawmaker has called “political persecution.” Lai, a publishing tycoon known for his anti-Beijing activism, was arrested for his role during the anti-government protests that swept Hong Kong last year. The police have also accused him of intimidating a reporter for a competing newspaper in 2017. A police source said the 71-year-old was held as part of an operation targeting those involved in a march on August 31 last year amid unrest sparked by a now-withdrawn plan that would have allowed the transfer of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China. Protesters against the bill feared that it would erode
The cat-and-mouse game of talking about Tiananmen in China
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which the Chinese Communist Party violently suppressed student-led protests for democratic reforms. As the anniversary of the bloody crackdown on June 4, 1989 nears, information censorship in China has gone into overdrive. Wikipedia, once partially accessible in the country, is now completely blocked. Several popular Chinese video streaming sites have suspended their live commenting function until after June 4, ostensibly for “system upgrades.” Such suppression has given rise to a generation of young Chinese people who are largely ignorant of the crackdown, in which hundreds, perhaps more than a thousand, civilians we
May 4 and June 4: Why Beijing celebrates one movement and silences the other
China held an elaborate televised ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the centenary of student protests in 1919 known as the May Fourth Movement, which helped transform the country and pave the way for the birth of the Communist Party. But the government will disregard the 30th anniversary of another student demonstration in 1989 that preceded its bloody crackdown on June 4. The latter protest may be less seminal in China’s modern history, but its core spirit should not be obscured. In an hour-long speech at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, next to Tiananmen Square, President Xi Jinping hailed the student protesters 100 years ago as patriotic heroes who took a stand against imperialism and f