🌊 Free Tide: National Celebrations Triple Bill
Double anniversary of CCP and HKSAR founding sees awards and death
Because of a scheduling error, our Leader of the Week isn’t here. Instead we have a very politically heavy Free Tide.
On the upside (maybe), free readers get me today rather than Kyna or Jasmine.
I don’t know if that’s a benefit.
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Highlights: Centenary of the Chinese Communist Party
Lots of speeches were given by lots of people. Let’s summarize
President Xi Jinping in Beijing
Primarily, Xi’s speech was a rallying cry for the Chinese nation focusing on the CCP’s achievements over the past century including building national pride, lifting millions our of poverty and in creating a ‘new socialist China’ with the CCP at the helm, not only for China but for the betterment of mankind.
CE Carrie Lam was not in Hong Kong addressing her people, but in Beijing celebrating the party’s founding. In her place, Acting CE John Lee gave the Chief Executive’s speech
Lee’s speech mentioned Hong Kong’s close relationship with China, and how the CCP’s governance of Hong Kong can help future development, making specific mention to the Belt-And-Road Initiative. He also sought to allay fears about the National Security Law and Electoral Overhaul.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 4 (imported)
Total cases: 11,928 cases so far (86 active cases, 211 total deaths, 11,631 total recovered)
A cleaner who lives in Aberdeen and works in various hotels has been found preliminarily positive for the new mutant COVID strain. Port Aberdeen, her residence, is currently in lockdown (when y’all receive this at 7am, it should still be in lockdown….till 7:30am. Wow! High Tide is 100% current for once!)
Another country, another speech summary
Acting Consul General of Canada in HK and Macau, Patricia Elliott’s speech uploaded onto the Consulate’s Facebook page spoke about celebrating the contributions of Canada’s “indigenous and multicultural communities to our land and the world”.
Although not specifically mentioned, Canada has not had the best PR recently with the discovery of over 1,000 unmarked graves in former Indian Residential Schools.
To this end, Elliot also mentioned Canada day as a time to “celebrate our successes, and to reflect sincerely on our history and culture”.
Black and Orange
In response to the discoveries, Aura Freedom International urged Canadians to wear Black and Orange – orange being the symbolic colour of the ‘little one who could not find their way back home’.
Student Art Contest
In less sombre coverage, Canada Day was celebrated locally with a student art contest with the theme “Canada in Hong Kong/Macao”. There were three primary and three secondary school winners, all the designs are available on free e-Cards available here.
Arrests for protests, man dies after attacking police
Police banned the annual July 1st March despite organisers pledging to keep social distancing regulations.
One protest held successfully: League of Social Democrats, four-man protest.
After attacking the officer, the man then stabbed himself in the chest. Both were sent to hospital. The attacker was pronounced dead at Rutonjee Hospital at 11:20pm.
It is unclear whether the man attacked for political motives at the moment.
Chief Executive’s Honours List Announced
The most prominent awards (Grand Bauhinia Medal and Gold Bauhinia Star) were mostly given out to politicians, however various industry and social leaders were also included in this year’s list of 740 - the largest list yet.
We’ll cover this properly some other time, I swear. There’s no space here.
Man I am tired of all this stuff.
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