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🌊 Free Tide: World cities stand with Hong Kong
Including the G7!
Hope you’re all staying safe on this rainy Monday morning. I’m not in HK, but I still have the HKO app and it’s sent me “Rain around you” a few times. Today, I have the pleasure of covering an event that’ll magically disappear in several years’ time. Hopefully not, though.
12 June, unforgotten two years on
Solidarity rallies for Hong Kong take place across the globe. Demonstrators gather in London, Vancouver, Calgary, Berlin, Washington D.C., New York and Sydney commemorating two years since the 2019 pro-democracy protests turned majorly violent.
Katherine Leung, a public relations director for Calgary’s Hong Kong Cultural club, hopes these rallies offer morale boosts to the people of her hometown. You can read her statement in full here.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 0 (again!!!!)
Total cases: 11,878 cases so far (75 active cases, 210 total deaths, 11,593 total recovered)
G7 vs. China
The G7 denounced China for its human rights violations against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. In a more implicit reference to the detention camps in northwestern China, the G7 pledged to eliminate “all forms of forced labour in global supply chains”.
In other news…
LeaveHomeSafe possibly not too safe: hundreds of emails inquiring about the app designed for COVID-19 contact tracing were accidentally leaked a month ago.
Introducing Zoe Lee, Taiwan’s only weed-only lawyer. Her firm – Lee & Partners Cannabis Law Office – only takes on clients charged with marijuana-related crimes.
Finance Chief Paul Chan says unemployment rates may continue falling. However, full economic recovery depends on inoculation and, essentially, how well Hong Kong handles the pandemic.
Events & Exhibitions
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Mermaids at the Maritime Museum: The Maritime Museum’s newest exhibition is entitled Maritime Crossroads: Millenia of Global Trade in Hong Kong. It’s open until 18 August. What’s not to love about this preview?
Brand New Youth at the Hong Kong Design Centre: Starting last month but still running till July, the Brand New Youth exhibition features pieces aiming to let younger people feel what it’s like to be old.
Art Installations across the Central - Wanchai promenade: Find some installation art, including a ‘river of light’ across Central. New pieces are planned to be exhibited on rotation.