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Another statue down
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On Today’s Tide:
Operation Levington | In which the you get given fines for Christmas
Politics | City U to take down June 4th memorial
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Operation Levington: Cool name for a cool Christmas
On Christmas Eve, police mounted ‘Operation Levington’ where they swept through bars, restaurants and party rooms across Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Mong Kok, fining party-goers and revelers who didn’t use the Leave Home Safe App. Over 100 were fined flat $5000 tickets.
Three of the party rooms raided were found to be illegal and three were arrested for questioning. Operators of legal bars and party rooms were also arrested if their customers were not using Leave Home Safe, vaccinated, or were in groups larger than what Cap 599 currently allows. Most were let off with a heft fine or are currently on bail.
Fun Fact: The codename Op. Levington has been used tons of time by the HKPF just in this year alone - earlier in August, it was used for another anti-COVID operation where a single drinker was fined $10,000 for not using Leave Home Safe, or wear a mask when he went to a bar in Kwai Chung.
In September, the name was used again for an anti-triad operation led by Commissioner Siu himself, a number of bars allegedly linked to the 14K and Sun Yee On were raided by the police. No indication of whether triad members were fined for not scanning before entering.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 25
Active cases: 179
So many flight bans
Cathay Pacific, Korea Air and Emirates banned from operating flights to Hong Kong from London, Seoul, Bangkok and Dubai for 14 days
Two recently positive cases are local athletes. Their incubation period started before leaving Hong Kong, and those in close contact before they flew are now in quarantine.
Another statue bites the dust
The CUHK student announced earlier that they would be taking down their June 4th memorial - another replica of the Goddess of Democracy.
This comes after HKU and City U took down their respected memorials earlier this week, at times in darkness which has been read by some as being a method to avoid open criticism in day time.
Nonetheless, in contrast, the City U memorial will be taken down with both the Student Union and University Council together. An exact date has not been set but implications say it is very soon.
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Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence: Photography Exhibition at the Asia Society
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“This exhibition’s photos show Hong Kong during consecutive periods, as it was seen around the middle of the last century. The images span some thirty years of great change: from the postwar recovery in 1946 – 1947, through the resilience of the 1950s, to the resurgence of the 1960s – 1970s. The photos were taken by three photographers. In the order of their Hong Kong work they were: Hedda Morrison, Lee Fook Chee and Brian Brake. Each had markedly different life backgrounds and photographic objectives.”
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Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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