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Victoria Park not available for Vigil
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National Security Law | Cardinal Zen holds mass to hundreds after court appearance.
COVID-19 | Fourth wave-related PTSD found in over 10% of survey respondents.
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Retired Catholic leader holds mass after hearing
National Security Law
Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen held a mass after his court appearance concerning a fund supporting pro-democracy protesters in 2019. Hundreds of people watched him hold mass at the Holy Cross Church on Hong Kong Island.
Zen was detained earlier this month under the national security law ('“conspiracy to collude with foreign forces”) for acting as one of the trustees of this financial aid fund that helped with medical and legal costs for these protesters. He and the other trustees have not yet been officially charged for this security law breach.
During the court appearance, he and four other of the no-longer-active fund’s trustees pleaded not guilty to failing to register the fund as a “society” with the police force.
In other national security/protest-related news:
Police have new armoured vehicles, nicknamed “saber-toothed tigers”, meant for anti-riot/terrorism work. The new vehicles are expected to be released for police use next month, in time for Handover Day.
There’s apparently no room at Victoria Park for 4 June candlelit vigil because it’s booked out that day for other activities.
The government plans to consult the public later this year about regulating crowdfunding online to prevent funds that may endanger national security.
A woman who was planning on joining HK’s disciplinary forces has been convicted of unlawful assembly at a November 2019 protest. The woman claims that she did not intend to be at the protest but was clearing bricks on the road while in transit to the bus stop.
10% afflicted with PTSD since fourth COVID wave
According to a Polytechnic University survey of 3,000 residents, one in ten of the participants dealt with pandemic-related anxiety triggered by the fourth wave (December 2020-February 2021). Of those surveyed, 12.4% of people exhibited symptoms of PTSD.
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 251 (28 imported)
104 detected by PCR tests
147 detected by RATs
New deaths: 2
Cluster update: The McDonald’s cluster in Taikoo Shing has increased by 1 to a total of 9 people.
Compulsory testing notice: 42 specified places.
All Cathay Pacific flight staff have to fill in a mandatory log of their activities during the first seven days of their two-week medical surveillance period in HK on the Crew Activity Log app. Shout out to the CX crew who ruined it for the rest of them!
Two more hotels (Conrad HK and Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel) have been added to the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme.
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Weekly Events Roundup
Like movies? Like exhibitions? Then you’ll love our events roundup this week. With a focus on international arts and media events, this week’s highlights are bound to entertain no matter what nationality you are!
Shape of Heart: German Film Forum: https://bit.ly/3sLydYi
Virtual Tours of Poland: https://bit.ly/3G3SuOi
Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence: https://bit.ly/3MBIdLy
Science Talks are Women Talks - Women and Climate Change:
HK 1997: https://bit.ly/3Nn9MZa
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