🌊 Political cartoonist leaves Hong Kong
His side project you don't know about
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Bonus | What you didn’t know about Ah To.
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Political cartoonist leaves Hong Kong
Just a day after learning that a senior pollster left Hong Kong for the UK, pro-democracy cartoonist Ah To announced his departure to what looks like the UK (one can see London’s scenic backdrop in his latest Instagram post). Ah To is known for his satirical cartoons covering local politics over the last 11 years and has felt the pressure mounting against him and his work due to the shift in Hong Kong’s political atmosphere in recent years. On Facebook, he would not be able to continue making his art while living in HK without “great mental stress”, and he has “no alternative but to leave.”
“Thinking about my family members in Hong Kong who I may not see again, my comrades who are in jail or pending trial, the readers who have been supporting me and my wife who was forced to flee with me… I feel very guilty,”
— Ah To, political cartoonist
Other artists who have left Hong Kong for similar reasons include manga artist Tony Lu and performance artist Kacey Wong.
When Ah To wasn’t drawing satirical cartoons on politics he worked on an endearing side project, which Cyril will share behind today’s paywall.
Cross your fingers for eased restrictions next month
Are you ready for a summer of fewer COVID restrictions? The government will be keeping (for now) to its plan to continue letting up social distancing measures towards the end of May.
"We will continue to press ahead with the three-stage relaxation that I have announced on March 21, unless there is a sudden surge in Covid-19 infection cases, but that looks quite unlikely based on our observations and the experts' advice.”
— Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Keeping my fingers crossed for you all 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 347 (84 fewer than Monday)
205 detected by PCR test
142 detected by RATs
12 imported infections
Testing is required for those who were present at 40 specified places.
Overnight lockdowns: Six COVID-19 cases were found in block 13 of Yuet Wu Villa in Tuen Mun and Cypress House of Kwong Yuen Estate in Sha Tin.
The medical teams performing the at-home COVID vaccinations for the elderly and disabled have begun serving the 7,900 people who have already made their appointments.
160,000 employers are expected to apply for the upcoming round of the employment support scheme pandemic wage subsidies. Registration opens on Friday.
The weather is usually Cyril’s bit on the weekends, but this can’t wait. Expect a windy and rainy long weekend and for temperatures to go down to a low of 21 degrees by Monday as the Observatory predicts a tropical cyclone will be passing through the city.
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Part 1 of Science Talks are [Women] Talks kicks off today! Join a panel of speakers this afternoon to engage in the conversation of “Women in Climate Science”. Speakers include professors from the University of Hong Kong and a senior researcher from the Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology.
Date: 27 April (Wed)
Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm (HKT) | 10:30am to 12:00pm (CET)
THURSDAY | Board Game: Surviving the Art World
Think you have what it takes to make it in the cutthroat art world? You can prove it tomorrow night at this upcoming board game event, brought to you by Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. (tag us on Instagram and Twitter if you go @harbourtimes).
When: 28 April (Thursday), 7-9 PM
Where: Library, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong
For more local events, check out yesterday’s High Tide.
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