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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 orders citywide Covid testing after first cases in 16 months

Macau ordered compulsory coronavirus testing for all residents on Wednesday after a family of four was found to be carrying the Delta variant, breaking the city’s record of over 16 months virus-free. Over the next three days authorities plan to test all 680,000 residents at 41 testing centres, the government said.  The testing is one…

Macau politician says he fears further action after democrats barred from legislative election

One of the 21 pro-democracy politicians barred from contesting Macau’s legislative elections this year says he fears being “pursued” by the authorities over his past support for pluralism. The Court of Final Appeal in a decision on Saturday upheld the ban imposed by electoral officials, prompting strong criticism from the European Union. China, in turn,…

Macau democrat banned from election over pics with Hong Kong opposition, Taiwan tour, and Tiananmen Massacre vigils

Macau police provided hundreds of pages of evidence to the casino hub’s election authority to justify the disqualification of veteran pro-democracy lawmaker Ng Kuok Cheong from the upcoming legislative race. It included a photo taken with a Hong Kong Democratic Party chief in 2019, photos of the annual June 4 Tiananmen Massacre vigils he organised,…

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