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Mgr Ivan Pereira says people are affected by unrest in the Indian state.  Students have been staying away from schools fearing “nationalists and young activists”. Catholics too are afraid. Christians are appreciated by other religious groups "because wherever we go, we are an instrument of peace".

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by Paul Wang

Former Financial Secretary John Tsang calls for dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation between protesters and government. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she is open for dialogue, but refuses to meet the demands of the anti-extradition movement. Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, is in "administrative detention" in Shenzhen. Yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it knew nothing of his fate; today it confirmed that he was in “administrative detention”. For China, he is Chinese, hence subject to Chinese law.

| 21/08/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Paul Wang

In 2016 Jeremy Tam-Man-Ho was elected to the Legco in the pro-democracy party.  Beijing forces Cathay Pacific to set aside or fire all those who participated in the anti-extradition demonstrations because they pose a "security" risk.

 

| 20/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

Li spent eight months in prison. The place of detention of the Church leader remains unknown. For Li, “Persecution is a price worth paying for the Lord.”

 

| 20/08/2019
| CHINA
by Carlos Cheung

The reflection of Fr.  Carlos Cheung, a Salesian, at the prayer meeting before the big demonstration in Victoria Park.  A heavy judgment against the government:  people "are abused by the government, falsely arrested by the police, unfairly prosecuted by the Justice Department, threatened with white terror".  The memory of Tiananmen and the appeal for moderation.

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Church faithful in Vancouver, who had prayed for Hong Kong, escorted by police because they were besieged by a pro-Beijing group.  Events also in Toronto and Calgary.  In Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne, pressure against students from Hong Kong.  Tensions also in London and Paris.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Paul Wang

Even the day before, there were rallies without clashes or tear gas.  Jimmy Sham: Some protesters resorted to violence because they were frustrated by the government silence .  Before the rally at Victoria Park, a prayer meeting entitled "Hope in the desert", organized by the Hong Kong Office of Justice and Peace.  Another demonstration by the Civil Front for Human Rights is scheduled for 31 August.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Lu Haitao

The government unleashes its propaganda machine: fake news, misinformation, ideology and patriotism.  The reasons for the demonstrations are never explained.  The official media call the protesters "rat droppings".  Chinese from the mainland posing as tourists, in reality policemen and members of the secret services.  Ban on sending helmets, umbrellas, masks, gloves to Hong Kong that demonstrators use to protect themselves from tear gas and rubber bullets.

| 17/08/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Paul Wang

During a press conference three university students report receiving death threats.  Over 500 Chinese police trucks gathered in Shenzhen.  Chinese newspapers launch disinformation campaign.

 

| 16/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Joseph D’Souza

Heightened border tensions between India and Pakistan have followed New Delhi’s decision to cancel the special autonomy of the Muslim majority State. Today, the UN Security Council is meeting to discuss the issue. For Bishop Joseph D’Souza, "The last thing the region needs is another war."

| 16/08/2019
| INDIA

Geng He, who fled to the United States with her two children, asks the Chinese Communist Party to reveal where her husband is being held.  In the past, Gao Zhisheng, a Christian lawyer, was in prison and suffered enforced disappearances.  This disappearance has lasted for 24 months.

| 16/08/2019
| CHINA
by Deng Wenlong

Members of the Party and the United Front, university professors and patriotic bishops have transformed formerly "underground" priests into perfect "state officials".  A report by the Patriotic Association.

| 14/08/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Paul Wang

A High Court injunction allows protesters to stay in only two small areas in the arrivals area.  Yesterday risk of violence and bloodshed risked amid clashes and in the fray, a policeman even pulled out a handgun.  The Hong Kong and Macao Liaison Office calls the demonstrators who blocked departures yesterday "terrorists".  Carrie Lam responsible for destuction of "One country, two systems" principle .

 

 

| 14/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

Lekima is the ninth typhoon in 2019, and the strongest to date.  The torrential rains - up to 732 mm - causes rivers to overflow, which flooded entire counties.  Damage to agriculture, homes, communications.

 

| 13/08/2019
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

In a press conference, the head of the executive continues to defend her work and that of the police.  Appeal amid tears: Restore order;  then dialogue.  Even the police defend themselves, accused of too much violence.  In one day, the anti-extradition movement raises funds of 15 million Hong Kong dollars.  Airport reopened.

 

| 13/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
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