June 2007

Hong Kong: Oppression of Housing Right Activists

2007-06-06 - oiwan

(Note: this is a report re-written according to the information provided by various citizen reporting of Plato at inmediahk.net.)

When thousands of citizens were commemorating for the 18 years anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre at Victory Park on June 4, local dissidents were repressed by the government and police. Up till now, 10 housing right activists have been arrested by the police for unlawful assembly and one of them have been charged of assaulting police officers. The police further pressed Cheung Man Wai, a community organizer, to provide the name list of the participants who have attended a petition on June 3.

The Man behind Xiamen PX project

2007-06-09 - chong

Translated from Wang Boda (Yazhou Zhoukan, Issue 23, 2007)

Notes: In early June, thousands of people in Xiamen City took to the street to protest against the government's approval of the construction of a PX (it is alleged a toxic chemical) production complex. This article is about the secret Taiwanese tycoon behind it.

Hong Kong: Action elevated for Queen's pier preservation campaign

2007-06-13 - oiwan

Editor notes: Yesterday, a ritualistic demonstration took place at the Queen's pier to show people's determination in preserving the pier via civil disobedient act.

Around thirty participants, with crown on their heads, drank wine together and cried the following slogans:

1. The government officials have forced the people to resist
2. We will fight with determination (direct translation would be "We will fight till we die")
3. Preservation for Queen's Pier
4. Please give us a hand (or we still need your hand)

The power of internet to rescue slave worker in China

2007-06-17 - chong
Note: China government recently rescues over five hundred slave workers from an illegal brick kiln. It is believed that over 1,000 boys under the age of 18 were sold to Shanxi as slaves. They were forced to labour. Some of them were tortured and even bullied to death. For some reasons, this horrifying incident is not known by media and government until 400 fathers published a public letter on internet... ...

Three parties in environmental politics

2007-06-18 - chong

Originally written by Zhu Jiangang
Southern Metropolitan News

Over th past 15 years, Wu Lihong has been complaining about the pollution of Tai Lake. In 2005, he was selected as the outstanding environmentalist of China. But he was arrested for fraudulent recently. He was accused of extorting money from enterprises. This accusation is not made the first time. In the eyes of the local government and the polluters, Wu is an unscrupulous criminal.

Illegal Loan to Stock Market Boosts the Speculation of A-Share

2007-06-25 - chong

On Monday China Banking Regulatory Commission announced that eight bank branches would be punished for helping enterprises misappropriate credit loan. Besides, the State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council punished two enterprises for misappropriating bank loan to speculate real-estate and securities: China Nuclear Engineering & Construction (Group) and China Shipping (Group).

Defend freedom without compromise -- Special Issue on 10th anniversary of Hong Kong-China Reunification

2007-06-30 - oiwan

Translator note: Hong Kong In-Media and inmediahk.net has jointly published a newsletter Defend freedom without compromise for commemorating 10th anniversary of Hong Kong-China Reunification. The newsletter is composed of a series of articles on freedom of speech, assembly, expression, and academic freedom. It layouts the history of local social movement and the need to carry on the de-colonization of the system and people's mindset. Below is a translation of the special issue's foreword.

Hong Kong: Commemorating the Return, Commemorating Lu Xun

2007-06-30 - chong

Written by Out-of-track-intellectual(壞軌書生)from inmediahk.net and Translated by Roland Soong

This is the tenth anniversary of the Return of Hong Kong to China. But what should we commemorate?

We are not commemorating the departure of the British from Hong Kong and the setting of the sun for the British Empire; we are not commemorating the disappearance of this Asian metropolis that was built under the Union Jack and the transformation of the advanced Hong Kong into the backwards Hong Kong; and we are not remembering the anxiety before the Return ten years ago which turned out to be a “self-induced fear” …