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Political publisher, ex-teacher and 'took an bullet in the eye' Raymond Yeung gets 9 months
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But I get a seaview room for 72 hours?
That’s nice right?
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Raymond Yeung gets 9 months
Ex-liberal studies teacher, political publisher and protest casualty Raymond Yeung has been sentenced to 9 months in prison by Judge Ada Yim. Yeung is convicted of two counts of “taking part in an unauthorized assembly”.
In 2019, Yeung became known as “the teacher who was shot in the eye” after he was struck by a police projectile and landed in hospital. Police arrested him in hospital for rioting but released him unconditionally. He was rearrested in April 2022 under unauthorized assembly charges.
Yeung pleaded guilty in first instance, something that Yim took into consideration when handing out his sentence. However, she did not consider Yeung’s permanent injury to his right eye (it looks fine now in pictures, but it basically doesn’t work) saying that the police had given plenty of warning. She also mentioned that Yeung had stayed longer than he should have, even when things got messy, which meant he could not be there for a “peaceful assemble”. He also moved bannisters around the protest site, signalling that he was supporting a violent protest, said Yim.
Hillway [political] publishing
Yeung lost his job after a picture of his injuries went viral. He decided to leave his post early and focus on his side-gig: a bookstore and independent publishing company, Hillway Culture.
Since then Hillway has become known as one of the few local companies still daring to publish potentially seditious material.
Last month, Hillway organized the ‘Hong Kongers Book Fair’ which was set to include books that the main book fair would not stock. However, it was cancelled last minute after the landlord cited a ‘lease violation’ for allowing other booksellers to sublet the sapce. In response Yeung said that the landlord had always been award he was using it for a book fair, and that he was happy to have all the books checked for potentially illegal material.
Stil didn’t go ahead tho.
See our previous coverage on it here:
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 4896 (197 imported)
Total cases: 1,421,918
New deaths: 4
Total deaths: 9,569
Compulsory Testing locations: 65
Toddler in hospital
Authorities repeated their calls for toddlers to get vaccinated after a two year old was sent into hospital for serious respitory symptoms after catching COVID. The boy developed croup and quickly deteriorated. Hospitals have recorded croup among younger patients on the rise.
The Consumer Council reported yesterday that at least 30 patterned face masks sold in Hong Kong have bacteria on the surface that exceed EU standards. However, one masks from CASETiFY exceeded the standard six times.
Go big or go home, even if it’s having germs on the thing that’s supposed to stop germs.
Chris Tang secrets
Security Chief Chris Tang said in a Commercial Radio program yesterday that “criticising the government is fine” [but] “to provoke hatred among others, causing people of different classes to point their fingers at each other, attack each other or even use violence, you might have breached the law”.
His comments come after the arrest of two civil servants for publishing ‘seditious’ speech on social media - they were admins of the ‘Civil Servants Secrets’ Facebook group where people anonymously commented on government matters.
Tang added that criticisms have to be made in faith for the government to “do better”.
See our previous [secret] coverage:
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Lifeline Mental Health Livefest at The Wanch
The uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic has made it exceedingly difficult for the music industry, particularly live music. Indefinite restrictions have taken a heavy toll on the mental health of not only the artists, but also the thousands of people who work alongside them.
On 20th August 2022, Musicians Foundation will be conducting an afternoon of TedX-style talks focusing on raising awareness on music and mental health.
When: Sat 20 Aug, 3-5pm
Where: The Wanch
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