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🌊 Free Tide: Zero-tolerance policy on Handover Day
Marking one hundred years since the CCP's founding
Jasmine shared this with us this morning. In this video by the German Consulate General of HK, Uncle Salt from Corrupt the Youth discusses his understanding of and encounters with German culture, especially while living in Berlin. It’s a light little educational video in contrast to today's news, so start your day off on a positive note!
It’s Handover Day
The police plan to deploy 10,000 officers across the city and adopt a zero-tolerance policy to suppress p̶r̶o̶t̶e̶s̶t̶s̶ mass public gatherings on 1 July. Parts of Victoria Park may also be closed off, as they were on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (4 June). They must be confident that no one’s going to show up.
Eddie Tse of the Save Lantau Alliance challenged that the annual marches have been peaceful and orderly, and promised that organising staff would keep demonstrators in groups of four to abide by COVID-19 regulations.
The Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters dismissed this appeal, explaining that the organisers had no existing plans to check participants’ temperatures or to use the LeaveHomeSafe app for contact tracing. Moreover, recent imported cases of the mutant strain may severely hinder HK’s pandemic recovery.
Citing public order, civic freedoms and pandemic health risks, a government statement asks the public not to advertise, publicise or engage in any unauthorised public assemblies. Under the Public Order Ordinance, participants may be liable to a maximum penalty of five years in prison; promoting unauthorised gatherings warrants a maximum of twelve months’ imprisonment
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 2 (imported)
Total cases: 11,924 cases so far (83 active cases, 211 total deaths, 11,630 total recovered)
Technology & Innovation
Geographic information systems expert Dr Winnie Tang granted HT some insight into how technology can be used to boost population census data. Learn about Hong Kong’s current position compared to other countries’ and how census production challenges such as verification, segmentation and privacy concerns can be addressed.
In other news…
The government warns against making “misleading” remarks against the National Security Law. In this view, China has the right – and duty – to uphold the “one country, two systems” framework by protecting national security.
Apple Daily’s parent company has declared that it will cease operations on 1 July. Next Digital was founded by jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai, and will still try to compensate their staff. The company’s assets were frozen due to an investigation for Apple Daily violating national security standards.
The eligible age of the Government Public Transport Fare Concession Scheme for the elderly or disabled ($2 Scheme) will be lowered to 60, effective 27 February, 2022. The plan will also now cover red minibuses, kaitos and tramways. Find the appropriate application dates according to year of birth here.