🌊 Conductor Lee and the return of Article 23
John 'your new conductor' Lee said the long-shelved bill is "high on his list" of priorities 👀
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On Today’s Tide:
CE Election | John Lee says reviving Article 23 ‘high on list’ of his priorities
3,000+ cases found from the three-day voluntary citywide testing
A possible alternative to PCR tests?
Student given empty jab (??) instead of actual COVID-19 vaccine
NSL | Veteran journalist Allen Au granted bail
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Protests | 23-year-old man jailed over involvement in 2019 protests
Crime | Two more arrests over ‘fake vaccination records’
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The return of Article 23? 🧐
It's the return of the… ah wait, no wait, you’re kidding…
Article 23, the long-shelved anti-subversion bill that caused widespread backlash in 2003, is poised for (yet another) comeback. It became a subject of focus again after John Lee yesterday said reviving the legislation will be a “top priority”, adding that it would secure a “safe and stable environment” for Hong Kong.
But Lee stressed that while re-introducing the bill is 'high on his list’, it isn’t his only focus – noting that he would also work to ensure Hong Kong is well-positioned to handle future challenges. Lee is set to submit his candidacy for the election today.
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 1,433 (735 PCR, 698 RAT)
Total cases: 1,193,023
New deaths: 59 (7 backlog)
Total deaths: 8,886
Other COVID-19 updates:
• Health authorities yesterday announced that 3,128 positive cases were uncovered from the three-day voluntary citywide testing drive.
• An alternative to PCR tests? Researchers at PolyU have developed a device that detects COVID-19 in people and the environment, with results delivered in just 40 minutes. 😲
• Health authorities are investigating an outreach vaccination team that mistakenly gave a primary student *checks notes* an empty jab instead of the actual vaccine.
• 24 positive cases were detected during compulsory testing exercises for restricted areas in Kwai Chung and Tin Shui Wai.
Allan Au released on bail
After being held in custody for nearly 17 hours, veteran journalist Allan Au was released on bail late Monday night following his arrest by national security police for alleged conspiracy to publish seditious material.
The 54-year-old left the Kwai Chung Police Station at around 11:30 p.m. on Monday but would be required to report back to the police in mid-July.
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Asia Society Hong Kong Centre is re-opening its doors on April 21st!
The Asia Society Hong Kong Centre in Admiralty is set to welcome visitors on-site again from April 21st. The inndependent, non-governmental educational organisation has a range of upcoming events and exhibitions lined up, which you can learn more about through their listing page here!
🍻 Good Things Hop'in Threes — Farm to Pint Collaboration Triple IPA Launch @ The Globe
Head on down to The Globe, the UK-inspired gastropub in Soho, Central, this Friday for the release of international collab Carbon Brew’s “Good Things Hop’in Threes” – a Tripal Dry-Hopped IPA brewed with fresh hopes from Loftus Ranches and Yakima Chief Farm.
It’s the biggest IPA they’ve brewed so far, so gear up for an epic
night afternoon out! 🎉
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