» 09/24/2009, 00.00
HONG KONG – CHINA
Cardinal Zen calls on China to release imprisoned bishops on its 60th anniversary
The prelate’s proposal is made on the website of the Diocese of Hong Kong. Zen praises Hu’s remarks on promoting democracy and solidarity, urges the Chinese government to hold talks with the Holy See.
Well-known lawyer and activist Xu Zhiyong in prison for “tax evasion”
Xu is said to have failed to pay taxes owed by Gongmeng, a human rights organisation. In reality, experts suggest the authorities are demanding the payment of business taxes to silence dissent ahead of the celebrations to mark the 60 years of the People’s Republic of China.
Chinese military to show off might at PRC’s 60th anniversary
More than 8,000 soldiers will take part in the 1 October parade celebrating the founding of the Communist state. China’s latest weaponry will be on display. Although tens of millions still live below the poverty line, the country still seeks military supremacy.
15/10/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
Via Crucis for the persecuted will be held in Hong Kong
A prayer vigil for jailed bishops and priests and religious freedom in China will be held tomorrow in the territory as the Diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission prevails over reticent authorities. Hong Kong Bishop Tong says Liu’s Nobel Prize “honours the Chinese people” as a whole.
Spies, army and tighter police controls for the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China
The authorities announce exceptional measures and tighter military controls in regions inhabited by ethnic minorities. They are also imposing closer surveillance on migrants or anyone who might cause “disorder”. All this is being done ostensibly to prevent attacks, but many view it as a way to silence dissenters.
After 60 years in power, Communist regime still fears protesters
Ahead of 1 October celebrations, Chinese authorities arrested anyone who wanted to protest, whether in favour of human rights or against murders. For experts, suppressing all forms of dissent is a sign the regime is incapable of understanding and leading the population.
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