🌊 Stand News raided by police, forced to halt operations
In other news, Hong Kong removes all quarantine exemptions for aircrew from non-mainland flights...
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Politics | Stand News raided by police, forced to halt operations
COVID-19 | Hong Kong removes all quarantine exemptions for aircrew from non-mainland flights
Events | Celebrate a merry New Year’s Eve in the West Kowloon District’s Art Park.
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Crime | Hong Kong police arrest three more child protection workers for child abuse
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Stand News raided by police, forced to halt operations
This Wednesday, more than 200 national security police raided the headquarters of pro-democracy news outlet Stand News. Seven arrests (including acting Chief Editor Patrick Lam) were made on suspicion of ‘conspiring to publish seditious publications’, and $HK 61 million worth of assets were frozen by authorities.
At least four current Stand News staff were also taken in by police for questioning. Stand News published a notice at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday announcing it was ceasing operations immediately.
Steve Li, senior superintendent of the Police National Security Department, accused Stand News of publishing “seditious materials” and lobbying foreign officials.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 14 (imported)
Hong Kong removes all quarantine exemptions for aircrew from non-mainland flights
Crew working on non-mainland China passenger flights will lose all quarantine-related exemptions effective midnight on Wednesday, according to SCMP. All non-mainland flights to and from Hong Kong will have to be operated by a closed-loop aircrew, who will be required to spend up to two weeks in quarantine.
On Tuesday, the government had already instructed aircrew operating cargo flights to quarantine in a hotel for the first three days after returning to Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s Zero-COVID strategy has taken an especially heavy toll on Cathay Pacific, with the global airline having suffered HK$29.2 billion in related losses over the past two years.
Countdown to 2022 in West Kowloon
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Hong Kong WinterFest 2021
You can catch the end of the year at WinterFest in the West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park. It’s free for all visitors, and I hear there’s a giant Christmas tree you can get all your pics for the gram in front of.
When: 31 December, 11 AM - 6 PM (last admission at 5:30)
Where: Harbourside Lawn West, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Affordable Art Gallery
Alisan Fine Arts-Aberdeen has organised an exhibition of ‘affordable art‘ for the month of December. The works of 12 artists including Cai Wen-You, Chinyee, Barbara Edelstein, and more are on display Room 2305, Hing Wai Centre 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen.
The exhibition will end on 31 Dec 2021. For more information visit the event website!
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