LATEST NEWS & VIEWS FROM THE SAR

Beijing’s top envoy in Macau given new role in ‘safeguarding national security’ – state media

China’s top envoy in Macau will start advising the local government on “national security” matters, state media reported Friday, the latest move by Beijing to increase control over the gambling enclave. State-run Xinhua news agency said Liaison Office chief Fu Ziying would be in charge of “supervising, guiding, coordinating, and supporting Macau in safeguarding national…

Shares in Macau’s largest junket operator Suncity collapse after boss detained

Shares in Macau’s largest junket operator Suncity plummeted more than 48 percent on Tuesday after boss Alvin Chau was detained for allegedly running illegal betting activities overseas. Chau was placed in custody by a criminal court in the city on Monday following his arrest at the weekend over allegations he ran an illegal syndicate, a…

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Hong Kong gov’t has to admit its failings over 2019 protests to win back public trust

On December 19 Hongkongers will go to the polls to elect a new Legislative Council (LegCo). For most of us our participation is limited to choosing 20 out of the 90 LegCo members in contests curated by the Chinese Communist Party. The authorities are worried about the turnout, as they should be after Macau went…

Macau media ‘gag’ forces Portugal out of its shell to issue stinging rebuke to China over its obligations

Last week the Portuguese Government issued a strongly-worded rebuke to Beijing over a controversial recent moves to censor Macau TV and radio, calling on China to abide by its international treaty obligations towards Portugal on fundamental rights. The rebuke came after HKFP revealed new guidelines issued to roughly 40 Portuguese and English-speaking reporters by the…

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Macau police ban Tiananmen Massacre vigil again, citing subversion, defamation and Covid-19 concerns

Macau authorities have banned the city’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil for a second time, on the grounds that the event’s purpose and slogans would violate a series of local criminal laws, including instigating subversion and defamation. The Macau Union of Democratic Development, the event’s organiser, said it will appeal the police decision in the courts.…

Dozens protest in Macau over Covid spending coupons, despite gov’t ban citing pandemic

Dozens gathered in a Macau square in a second protest in a month after authorities in the Special Administrative Region banned a protest, citing Covid-19 social distancing rules. Several dozen people gathered at Tap Seac Square on Sunday over Covid-19 spending coupons, even though organisers urged residents to stay away following the government’s ban on…

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