LATEST NEWS & VIEWS FROM THE SAR

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 […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Hong Kong’s message from Macau: subservience buys only more repression

The Macau authorities’ hostility to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the rule of law is growing by the minute. First, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) outlawed a series of open-air Tiananmen massacre themed photographic exhibitions planned for June 4 that it had approved the month before. They have been displayed annually over the […]

Something is wrong when Macau bars mention of Tiananmen Square massacre

First, they banned a photographic exhibition, then they banned a June 4 vigil about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Neither had ever been forbidden since 1990. Last Friday was the Macau Court of Final Appeal’s (CFA) opportunity to show that the police decision may have been politicised, but the court applied the law: that separation […]

FEATURES

The Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on – Survivor Q&A: Zhou Fengsuo

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, HKFP asked several survivors of the crackdown to answer a set of questions about the tragedy and their views on China’s future. The 1989 massacre ended months of student-led demonstrations in China as the military was deployed to suppress protesters in Beijing. It is estimated that hundreds, perhaps […]

Explainer: Hong Kong’s troubled mega-bridge – counting the human, environmental and financial cost

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will officially open to traffic on Wednesday. But its construction was late, over-budget and the procedure drivers must go through to actually use the bridge remains notoriously complex. The 55km bridge stretches 22.9km over the sea and includes a 6.7km underwater tunnel. Construction began on the mega-project in 2009 and it was […]

China asks consulates in Hong Kong to remove ‘Macau’ from their official names

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked consulates general in Hong Kong and Macau to rename their diplomatic offices, requesting that those based in Hong Kong remove “Macau” from their names, and vice-versa. Many countries have consulates located in Hong Kong to cover consular services for Macau at the same time, with their official […]

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