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Church walks with protestors

HONG KONG (SE): Only a few days prior, on June 12, when the second reading of the bill was scheduled to take place, police unleashed tear gas and rubber bullets against protestors who had surrounded and charged the Legislative Council (Legco) Building, in scenes eerily reminiscent of the battles of the 79-day Umbrella Movement of 2014, resulting in injuries to around 80 people.
 

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Two million voices raised in protest

HONG KONG (SE): On June 16, Victoria Park was the starting point for a second Sunday of protests against the government’s ill-conceived extradition amendment bill. The organisers, the Civil Human Rights Front, estimated that a record two million people, from all sectors of society, joined the march from the park to the Central Government Offices in Admiralty. 
 

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To live for Christ not ourselves

Every long innings comes to an end and Columban Father John MacGrath ended his time on this earth on June 14 when he succumbed to his long battle with cancer.
 
Although remembered as softly spoken and gentle in his ways, his benign demeanour masked an interior strength, which must have come to the fore as a member of a premiership-winning football team in his youth. It remained within him as a quiet resilience that brought him through the many challenges he faced in his life.
 

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Hong Kong exile warns of extradition ‘death sentence’

Benedict Rogers
 
“If the extradition (amendment) bill is passed, it is a death sentence for Hong Kong,” said Lam Wing-kee in a crowded coffee shop in Taipei. “Beijing will use this law to control Hong Kong completely. Freedom of speech will be lost. In the past, the regime kidnapped its critics, like me, illegally. With this law, they will abduct their critics legally.”
 








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The voice of the people must be heard

HONG KONG (SE): People will not come into the streets and protest in the face of hard times or economic deprivation, but when their personal freedom is threatened they will flood the thoroughfares of cities, blockade government buildings, disrupt traffic and interfere with normal commercial life in order to make their voices heard.
 








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Prayers for justice before million-strong rally against extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): Church groups showed unity in opposing the Hong Kong government’s proposed extradition bill as around 1,000 people came together for a prayer service before joining the million-strong protest march, organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, on June 9, Pentecost Sunday.
 

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Thousands pray for Tiananmen Massacre victims

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people came together on June 4 at the music kiosk of Victoria Park for a prayer service for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing 30 years ago. The gathering was organised by the Union of Hong Kong Catholic Organisations in support of the Patriotic and Democratic Movement in China.
 
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, said the victims of the massacre will always be remembered even though 30 years have passed, because they showed the beautiful side of human nature. 
 

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Memory of Tiananmen Square endures despite censorship and alternative facts

HONG KONG (SE): On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on 4 June 1989, the Chinese government moved to stifle even the slightest mention of the tragic incident on social media platforms in China. AsiaNews reported on May 30 that live streaming and video sites, as well as web hosts had scheduled system updates making it impossible to change profile pictures, register new accounts or post comments in real time. The report noted that streaming sites like YY, Huya and Douyu announced that they would carry out system maintenance until June 6 or 7.

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Teachers urged to work with God’s love

HONG KONG (SE): Over 11,000 educators from more than 200 Catholic schools joined the annual Catholic School Teachers’ Day organised by the Catholic Education Office at the Asia World Expo, Chek Lap Kok, on May 16 under the theme, Let the Children Come to Me! 
 

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Campaign urges government to withdraw extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong collected over 4,000 signatures for a petition urging the Hong Kong government to withdraw its controversial extradition law amendment bill. 
 

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