‘Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times’ slogan is illegal, government says


first_imgTopics : The popular protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” connotes separatism or subversion, the city’s government said, pointing to crimes that are covered under the new national security law imposed by Beijing.The rallying cry appears on placards at rallies, is printed on clothes and accessories and scribbled on post-it notes on walls across the Chinese-ruled city.The government statement on the slogan will exacerbate fears about an abrupt crushing of the global finance hub’s freedoms. ‘Liberate hong kong’ now illegal”The slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times” nowadays connotes “Hong Kong independence”, or separating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from the People’s Republic of China, altering the legal status of the HKSAR, or subverting the state power,” the government said in a statement late on Thursday.It was unclear whether independent courts would uphold the government’s view on the slogan.In one tweet on the subject, public broadcaster RTHK censored the wording as “L*******#HongKong.” One Twitter user ridiculed it, replying “People L********* Army,” in a reference to the Chinese army, which has a garrison in the city.The government has repeatedly said the security law won’t affect freedom of speech, of the media, and other rights in the city not seen in mainland China.On Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule, police arrested around 370 people during protests over the legislation, with 10 of those involving violations of the new law.China’s parliament adopted the security law, dubbed in state media as “the second return”, in response to protests last year triggered by fears Beijing was stifling the city’s freedoms and threatening its judicial independence, guaranteed by a “one country, two systems” formula agreed when it returned to China.Beijing denies the accusation.The law has triggered alarm among democracy activists and rights groups, as well as lawyers, business leaders and Western governments.Demosisto, a pro-democracy group led by Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, disbanded hours after the legislation was passed, while prominent group member Nathan Law said on Thursday he had left the global financial hub.”The protests in Hong Kong have been a window for the world to recognize that China is getting more and more authoritarian,” Law told Reuters in an interview via internet video. center_img Raising further alarm that freedom of speech in Hong Kong will be trampled, the official Xinhua news agency said a Communist cadre who became prominent during a 2011 clampdown on protesters in a southern Chinese village will head the new national security office created in Hong Kong under the new law.Zheng Yanxiong, 57, most recently served as the secretary general of the Communist Party committee of Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse bordering Hong Kong.Videos leaked from an internal government meeting in 2011 showed Zheng calling foreign media “rotten”.Under the security legislation, the new agency in Hong Kong can take enforcement action beyond pre-existing local laws in the most serious cases. The legislation allows agents to take suspects across the border for trials in communist-controlled courts and specifies special privileges for the agents, including that local authorities cannot inspect their vehicles.last_img read more

Ex-con charged in North Hollywood strangulation


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.La Brunda confessed to strangling Johnson in his car after she disrespected him, police said. He then placed her body on a row of abandoned tires in an alley less than four blocks from his home, officers said. A neighbor discovered the body around 11 a.m. Wednesday. La Brunda was charged Thursday with two counts of capital murder for the deaths of Johnson and her unborn child. It was unclear if he was the child’s father. He is being held without bail in Los Angeles County Jail. “It’s tragic,” Los Angeles police Detective Rich Wheeler said. “She didn’t deserve this. She’s 21.” In March, Johnson and La Brunda reconnected at a junior college, where her father said she was studying to become a social worker. La Brunda had just gotten out of jail after being convicted in January of battering another woman he was dating, according to court records. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Soft-hearted and the apple of her father’s eye, Alisha Johnson’s family nicknamed her “big” because, as he said, “She was bigger than life.” On Thursday, police said the 21-year-old woman who was four months pregnant was dumped shoeless next to a pile of tires in a North Hollywood alley by a man convicted four times of beating up women. “She was just full of life, love and understanding,” her father, Clay, said as mourners poured into his Orange County home Thursday. Friends told police Johnson had known Michael La Brunda, a 33-year-old father with a criminal record dating back seven years, for more than two years. He was sentenced to nine months in jail, but because of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s early release program, was set free before he completed the time. He had previously been convicted three times on spousal battery and been ordered to take a one-year domestic violence program. None of the charges ever carried more than a one-year conviction. “When you are sentenced to 270 days, you are out in two or three months,” said Richard A. Schmidt, supervising city attorney for the Van Nuys criminal branch. “This illustrates a very grave and long-standing concern that our offices and I know the judges have have had with the early release from the county jail system.” As recently as last year, another woman filed a restraining order against La Brunda. And a neighbor filed one back in 2003. Earlier [email protected] (818) 713-3741 For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more