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December 17 2019

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December 10 2019

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@ezracheungtoto: This banner set has largely captured why Hong Kong people are so keen on the five demands they have been raising over the past six months. As they think freedoms are being eroded by Beijing, the city might turn to another Xinjiang, where freedoms are crashed.

September 21 2019

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BBC News: Hong Kong protests: The Taiwanese sending 2,000 gas masks

«Slowly but surely, the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan see their fate as tied. They are the only two places in Greater China that have tasted freedom - and some believe by joining forces, they could show the Chinese leadership and people how much democracy is worth fighting for.»

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August 31 2019

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@PhelimKine: Hey #Beijing - you had 22 years to demonstrate that the "1 country, 2 systems" formula would protect #HongKong people's rights and freedoms. You failed miserably and sparked a courageous and resilient pro-democracy movement that you can't eradicate, #Hongkongprotest #StandwithHK

February 02 2018

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  • @elnacionalcatEN: 'The Economist': Spain risks becoming a "flawed" democracy bit.ly/2BHB875

  • @IVKaBCN: Spain IS a flawed democracy. What it risks is everyone knowing it!

  • @erikwill: I would never use the term "democracy" to describe Spain after 2017. Spain is an authoritarian police state.

September 28 2017

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“Spain is a great nation with a rich culture. I support the right to self-determination of all its peoples, collectively and individually.” — @JulianAssange

September 21 2017

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July 15 2017

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BBC News: Liu Xiaobo

  • Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Liu Xiaobo played a significant role in the Tiananmen Square student protests of June 1989, which ended in bloodshed when they were quashed by government troops.

    He and other activists negotiated the safe exit of several hundred demonstrators, and have been credited with saving their lives.

    He was subsequently placed in a detention centre and released in 1991.

    Mr Liu's campaign to free those detained during the Tiananmen Square protests landed him in a labour camp in north-eastern China for three years, but he was permitted to marry poet Liu Xia there in 1996.

    He was later freed, and continued to campaign for democracy.

    The 11-year jail term was handed down in 2009 after he compiled, with other intellectuals, the Charter 08 manifesto. It called for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of multi-party democracy.

    Mr Liu was found guilty of trying to overthrow the state.

    He was a pro-democracy figurehead for activists outside mainland China, although many of his compatriots were unaware of his struggles because the authorities rigorously censored news about him.”

  • Liu Xiaobo: The man China couldn't erase (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Beijing's problem began in 2010 when he won a Nobel Peace Prize. That immediately catapulted Liu Xiaobo into an international A-list of those imprisoned for their beliefs, alongside Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Carl von Ossietzky.

    The last in that list may be unfamiliar to some, but to Beijing he's a particularly uncomfortable parallel. Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist who won the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize while incarcerated in a concentration camp. Hitler would not allow a member of the laureate's family to collect the award on his behalf.

    Liu Xiaobo was also serving a prison sentence for subversion when he won the peace prize. Beijing would not let his wife collect the award and instead placed her under house arrest. Liu Xiaobo was represented at the 2010 award ceremony in Oslo by an empty chair and the comparisons began between 21st Century China and 1930s Germany.

    Strict censorship is another shared feature of both cases. Mention of Carl von Ossietzky's 1935 Nobel peace prize was banned in Nazi Germany and the same is true of Liu Xiaobo's award in China today. For a time China even banned the search term ‘empty chair’. So he has been an embarrassment to China internationally, but at home few Chinese are aware of him. Even as foreign doctors contradicted the Chinese hospital on his fitness to travel, and Hong Kong saw vigils demanding his release, blanket censorship in mainland China kept the public largely ignorant of the dying Nobel laureate in their midst.

    Selective amnesia is state policy in China and from Liu Xiaobo's imprisonment until his death, the government worked hard to erase his memory. To make it hard for family and friends to visit, he was jailed nearly 400 miles from home. His wife Liu Xia was shrouded in surveillance so suffocating that she gradually fell victim to mental and physical ill health. Beijing punished the Norwegian government to the point where Oslo now shrinks from comment on Chinese human rights or Liu Xiaobo's Nobel prize.

    But in death as in life, Liu Xiaobo has refused to be erased. The video footage of the dying man which China released outside the country was clearly intended to prove to the world that everything was done to give him a comfortable death. The unintended consequence is to make him a martyr for China's downtrodden democracy movement and to deliver a new parallel with the Nobel Peace Prize of 1930s Germany.

    Liu Xiaobo was granted medical parole only in the terminal stage of his illness, and even in hospital he was under close guard with many friends denied access to his bedside. Nearly 80 years ago, Carl von Ossietzky also died in hospital under prison guard after medical treatment came too late to save him.”

  • Liu Xiaobo death: 'Even RIP is being deleted by censors' (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Chinese-language sites appear to have steered clear of reporting the story altogether - a news search of ‘Liu Xiaobo’ on leading Chinese search engine Baidu brings up no domestic press mentions of Mr Liu since February.

    On social media, it is very much the same story. A search on the popular Sina Weibo microblog brings up a message saying ‘according to relevant laws and policies, results for “Liu Xiaobo” cannot be displayed’.

    Many apparently innocuous comments from influential users appear to have been deleted from Sina Weibo.

    Xu Xin - a user with 31 million followers - posted a few candle emojis, which have been removed.

    People often use candle emojis on Weibo to commemorate someone who has died.

    'TobyandElias' wrote: ‘Weibo is really busy tonight - things are constantly being deleted. Even R...I...P is being deleted’”

  • Liu Xiaobo: Concern for China dissident's widow Liu Xia (Jul. 14 2017)

    “Amid the controversy, attention is shifting to Mr Liu's wife, with mounting concern for her mental health.

    In a statement the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was ‘deeply worried about Liu Xia's situation’ and called upon the Chinese authorities to ‘lift all restrictions they have put upon her’.

    ‘If she wants to leave China, there is no justification for denying her the opportunity to do so.’

    Liu Xia, a poet, is said to be suffering from depression after spending years under house arrest and heavy surveillance. She was allowed to visit her husband in hospital.

    ‘She has been, what shall I say, contaminated by her husband's situation,’ Ms Reiss-Andersen told the BBC.

    ‘She has been held in house arrest and has been isolated for several years now... and she has not been a political activist as her husband has been.’

    Germany, UK, France, the United States and Taiwan have called on China to allow her to leave the country if she wishes.

    The call was endorsed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who urged China to ‘guarantee Liu Xia's freedom of movement’.

    Rights group Amnesty International has started a petition for her release, saying ‘it's time the Chinese authorities stop cruelly punishing’ the artist.

    The Chinese foreign ministry said Liu Xia would be treated in accordance with the law.”

    “In mainland China, international reports on Liu Xiaobo's death have been censored, and local media have carried virtually no reports apart from sparse coverage in English, correspondents say.

    Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times said in an English editorial that Mr Liu was ‘a victim led astray’ by the West.

    Online in China, many comments on his death on social media also appear to have been censored.

    Mr Liu's friends in China have been told by authorities not to organise any memorial events, according to Germany-based activist Tienchi Martin-Liao, who told the BBC that ‘many have been detained already’.

    But outside the mainland, Chinese activists have been openly mourning him, with hundreds in Hong Kong attending a vigil on Thursday night.”

  • Charter 08: A call for change in China (Dec. 9 2010)

    “Charter 08 advocates a whole series of reforms that would result in a separation of powers, a new constitution and legislative democracy.

    It says the Chinese Communist Party's approach to modernisation has been ‘disastrous’.

    If its suggestions were introduced, it would mean the end of the current political system that the party has fought so hard to maintain.”

    “China's top leaders - most notably the premier, Wen Jiabao - have also themselves raised the idea that the country's political system should be reformed.

    But the authorities were so concerned about Charter 08 that they put pressure on many of those who supported it.

    Some were simply asked to withdraw their signatures.

    But Liu Xiaobo, as one of the authors, was given a harsher sentence. He is currently serving an 11-year jail term at a prison Jinzhou in northeast China.”

July 14 2017

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“Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei told the BBC: ‘China is such a society [where] the government is very arrogant and will never listen or negotiate or tolerate these kind of ideas. It's not only Liu Xiaobo, before him... millions lost their lives.’”

“Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Facebook: ‘The Chinese dream should not be swaggering, the Chinese dream should include the dream of Liu Xiaobo: the implementation of democracy, so that every Chinese person can have freedom and dignity.’”

Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies (BBC News, Jul. 13 2017)

April 28 2015

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February 01 2015

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An estimated 12,000 protesters guarded by 2,000 police officers walked the streets of Hong Kong’s shipping and financial districts. A repetition of similar protests almost three months ago, the demonstration called on ‘true democracy’ in the former British colony – that is less involvement of the central government in Beijing into the life of the city. The turnout was smaller than the 50,000 anticipated by the organizers. The rally went off peacefully, with protesters not trying to lock down the streets the way they did last year.
1,000s return to Hong Kong street protests after months-long pause (RT News, Feb. 1 2015)

November 13 2014

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September 22 2014

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June 20 2014

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May 19 2014

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July 20 2013

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Carter says ‘America has no functioning democracy’. It's practising a new form of demoCrazy.
— A comment on Kerry vows to put the screws to Venezuela over Snowden – report (RT News, Jul. 19 2013)

July 19 2013

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‘America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter on NSA — RT USA

@ggreenwald: Former *US president* praises NSA leaks & Snowden: almost *zero US media coverage

June 24 2013

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Journos: Latin America is the most democratic region in the World and diplomatic asylum is part of our regional customary law.
— Renata Avila (via Twitter)

June 13 2013

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May 25 2013

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