The music video shows the "Free Ai Weiwei" protest in Hong Kong organized by an activist group called "Artist Citizen" in May 2011. Ai Weiwei, a prominent artist-activist involved in the investigation of bean dregs construction of school buildings which killed thousands of children during the Sichuan Earthquake in China in 2008, was detained by the Chinese government for over two months from April to July 2011 under the pretext of the crackdown of Jasmine protest.
In 2010 a startling 18 young migrant workers attempted suicide at Foxconn Technology Group production facilities in China.
Source :China Times30 April 2012
Wang reported [Reporter Lu Sumei / roundup]
Sina weibo, China’s domestic twitter which has 300 million users, may under the threat of shutting down. According to Sina’s 2011 Annual report submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on 28 April, "the authorities required our users to use real name for authentication.. But for varies reasons we are unable to complete the task. We may face severe punishment by the Chinese government, including partial suspension of the microblogging’s function or even shutting it down." Sina reminded investors that if it was punished by the Chinese government, it might affect the company's share price.
In the early April, Gao Yingpu, an editor-in-chief in Chongqing Chinese BusinessTimes, was taken away by police from his home in the morning, July 2010. He was sentenced for "crimes against national security" for three years, and was due to his criticism toward Chongqing’s authority on personal online diary. The news was released after he has been imprisoned for one and a half years.
Leung Chun-ying (CY), the forth Chief Executive of Hong Kong was elected by 1200 election committees on March 25, 2012. He is alleged as underground communist party member and violated freedom of speech in the past. A famous Hong Kong blogger Kay Lam’s Facebook account was suspended after posting a picture with caption “Finally the lights are all gone, The Death of Hong Kong 1841-2012”, just three hours after CY was elected as Chief Executive.
Translated by Catherine
Here’s what our say for the bears:
1. Eliminating bear bile industry means eradication of Chinese national industry.
IT’S A LIE! Bear bile industry has only 30 years of history in China. It has no match compared with that of tea and silk. Conversely, bears are trapped lifetime in small rusty cages. They are ducted without anesthesia. China is notorious for the ways it treats animals; only by eradication of such brutal industry will the respect of the nation be retained. Bear bile industry is no more than theft. It’s a crime!
Hong Kong In-Media has published the e-version of its research work on Social Media and Mobilization at Amazon under the title: Social Media Uprising in the Chinese-speaking World.
This book is an elaborated study of the use of social media in grassroots struggles in China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Malaysia by local researchers and activists. We would like to work out a self-finance model for research and publication of social movement and media activism experience in Asia, in particular among Chinese speaking communities. Please support us by buying a copy.
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