Photo Essay: Protest and Celebration after CE Election

 

Hundreds gathered around Central Plaza in Wan Chai to protest against the current election system.

Some protesters were holding yellow umbrellas while others were chanting slogans demanding a genuine universal suffrage.

“We are here to expose the lies of the Chinese government,” said Steven, who was holding a banner against “Scam election”.

Few yards away was a joyful moment for Lam’s supporters. A number of them were speaking in Mandarin.

” I don’t know why I’m here. I don’t support anyone,” said a confused “supporter” named Kwok.

“We are very happy, it was one of our dreams for the future. Also, she is one of our natives,” said the Chairman of the Taizhou Association in Hong Kong.

(Reported by Raphael Blet, Edited by Celia Lai, Photo taken by Sing Lee)

Originally published on TYR.fb

Earlier coverages co-worked with Michelle Ng: 1234

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Hong Kong Pride Parade comes to its eighth year

The Hong Kong Pride Parade has come to the eighth year – they went from Victoria Park today to Edinburgh Place in Central.

With the theme of the year, “Get Set, Go For Equal Rights”, LGBT groups are fighting for the basic human rights of sexual minorities and urging the government to enact laws for protection.

Yeo Wai-wai, the spokesperson of The Hong Kong Pride Parade Committee, said the main purpose and the demand of the parade is to urge for government to bring in legislation, such as public consultation.

“It is the time for (the) government to put on the law in Legislative Council.” she said.

The organiser had used green paper to symbolise a “green light” to LGBT equality. “It represents that Hong Kong people are ready to give a “green light” to the rights of LGBT, especially the sexual orientation and discrimination ordinance.”

Legislators “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung and Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu are the Rainbow Ambassadors of the year.

Leung said that LegCo members should take an active role in minorities’ rights. “The legislative councillors should take courages to support the rights of minority, and not to afraid of lose by doing so, cause the lost of the support from the majority.”

While Yeung said people should accept all the possibilities in the society – we can’t make assumption of others sexual orientation that we should show respect to all kinds of people. “We should call the event as Love Parade or Rights Parade, that people stand out for what they love, no matter they are LGBT or not.”

Alfred Chan, the chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission, said he recently received the request from more than 20 chambers to discuss about the import of international experts with different sexual orientations.

He also claimed that they have already put forward a proposal to government in March this year and asked for a public consultation. However, the schedule is not yet confirmed.

“Equal Opportunities Commission should have been offered more legislative powers under the rapid change of our society.” he said.

As the only LegCo member with LGBT identity, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen has joined the event since 2012. He expressed the gratefulness of getting people support. “Voters don’t give up on me because of this special identity. In fact, they experienced the difficult time with me.”

(Reported by Sing Lee and Choco Tang, edited by Janet Sun)

Originally published at TYR.fb

Baptist University Students Ate Insects to Protest Against Canteen Hygiene Issues

The undergraduates expressed their discontent on the contract renewal of their hall canteen, in which discoveries of insects in meals had been reported.

Angus Wong Chun-hin, president of the Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union (HKBUSU), said students could no longer stand the problem, after chances were given to the restaurants for improvements.

He explained that they chose an unpleasant way to express their views due to “a more unpleasant fact”.

The Sub-committee on Food Services, which voted for the renewal decision that sparked controversy, announced to reconsider the issue yesterday, due to “a change in the term of contract”.

The catering service, provided by the Maxim’s Group, had been closed for two times for pest control and cleaning in October, 2015, following repeated occurrence of cockroaches in food and drinks. Besides, several similar cases were reported.

Receiving the letter from the Student Union, Professor Ricardo Mak King-sang, chairman of the Sub-committee, said the canteen had taken measures after the incidents, such as unpacking ingredients only in the indoor restaurant area.

Mak stated that the students’ opinion would be taken into account as a recommendation to the higher-ranked Student Residence Operation Committee.

The Committee would make the final decision based on a comprehensive review of factors, he added.

(Reported by James Ho and Sing Lee; Edited by Hilda Lo)

Originally published at TYR.fb

Photo Essay: Goodbye (For Now) To Hong Kong’s Hipster Paradise Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda, the largest performing venue dedicated to indie music in Hong Kong, is being evicted for its third time since its founding seven years ago, due to “land use abuses”.

The current 3,600-square-foot unit, which can accommodate about 300 people, is located in Ngau Tau Kok industrial district, a home to a lot of band rooms, movie production studios, churches and martial art training centers.

These alternative uses of industrial buildings are violating the land lease agreements, which ban the sites from being use as any purpose other than “industrial and/or warehouse”.

The venue received a rectification order from the Lands Department in June this year, while they made an agreement with the landlord to move out this month.

The order was based on two land lease agreements issued by the government in 1967 and 1973, when manufacturing industries was still a pillar economic sector of Hong Kong.

Industrial building users has been asking for legislative amendment on the regulations including place for public entertainment licences, fire safety regulations and land lease terms, to adapt to the change of usages as time goes by.

Open in 2009, Hidden Agenda has been a home to shows performed by both local and international units, such as the American recording artist Toro Y Moi.

The live house’s team initialed a crowd-funding project its fourth generation in September, raising HK $517,000 in a week from the public.

They are acquiring a food factory licence, rather than a place for public entertainment licences they failed to apply for, to operate legally as a tuck shop which provide live music for its customers.

The venue will be re-opened in December this year at its new address, while its last show for now, called “Continue to Grow”, was held on 10 October.

This photo essay records the yet final performance at what the audience called “HA 3.0”, indicating its third location, and the disassembling of the stage immediately afterwards.

Originally published at RISE NEWS Hong Kong

Alternative report at TYR.mag

Woo Kwok-hing Announces Chief Executive Bid

Wu Kwok-Hing

Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing announced today his intention to run for Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive, vowing to lead the city out of its “polarized and fragmented” situation.

“I don’t understand what to wait for,” said Woo when asked for the reason of being the first to announce his decision of running.

Woo said he was sparked to join the election late March this year by the “polarized and fragmented” situation of Hong Kong society, and that the current Chief Executive has too many to name” unsatisfactory performances.

Woo was the vice-president of the Court of Appeal of the High Court. He also served as the former chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission and the commissioner on Interception of Communications and Surveillance before his retirement in 2011.

“The pure consideration is I am the most suitable one,” said Woo. He described himself as more “impartial” and “independent” than the other potential candidates due to his experience in dealing with court cases for years.

The central government has yet given response towards his intention to run, Woo says.

He said after he contacted some unnamed persons in the Liaison Office, it has informed the Central Government within the period of April to June. But no word has heard from Beijing since.

In face of Regina Ip’s comment on him lacking political experience in handling socio-economic and housing issues, Woo said these are minimal in comparison to his major concern, the political reform.

If elected, his priority would be to re-initiate the electoral reform dialogue through engaging different parties and with adherence to the Basic Law.

Wu Kwok-Hing says he upholds the Basic Law.

He also said revisiting Article 23 is second to the dialogue since it is Hong Kong government’s responsibility.

It is better to implement the security law based on Hong Kong’s situation than have mainland laws brought into Hong Kong’s system by other’s hand, he said.

Woo expressed interest in meeting localists who advocate Hong Kong independence though he said it is not feasible according to the Basic Law.

“I look forward to debating with other candidates,” he said.

(Reported by Cecilia Wong, photo by Sing Lee and edited by Charlotte Yang)

Legco Commotion Oct 26

TYR's reporters were at LegCo to cover a series of events both inside and outside of the council. Here are some photos…

Posted by The Young Reporter on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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