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Thousands Demand Dialogues with CE - Carrie Lam Turtles

On 17 June, Legislators Eddie Chu, Au Nok-hin, Gary Fan, ex-lawmaker Long Hair
and thousands of protesters marched from the Legislative Council protest area to
the Chief Executive's (CE) Office. They chanted, 'Dialogue with Chief Executive',
'Withdraw Evil Law', 'Children are not Thugs', 'Withdraw Riot Classification' and so on.

Outside the CE Office, nearly 100 uniformed police were stationed, and multiple
layers of barracade. The crowds in the Tamar Park swelled, overflowing onto Lung Wo
Road. Both east and west traffic lanes were completely occupied by the protesters
with no police intervention.

Many standing in front of the CE Office are secondary school students in school
uniforms boycotting classes. There were heavy downpours but the crowds did not
retreat. Youths and students raised their umbrellas and continue to call for
"Withdrawal", "Step down" and "Add oil (Bravo)".

CE Carrie Lam hid in her office and did not come out to have dialogues. Eddie Chu
suggested the deadline for Lam's response is Wednesday giving time to prepare
for the next mass action.

Earlier, numerous uniformed police and negotiator went to Harcourt Road asking the
occupying protestors to leave voluntarily. The demonstrators refused, as they had
voluntarily released Lung Wo Road, thus not affect traffic. The police left
without success. Later pan-Democrat legislators successfully appealed to
the protesters to leave Harcourt Road for Tim Mei Road area.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
18 Jun 2019

Historic 2 Million March Forces Carrie Lam to Apologise

During the historic 2 million men march on June 16 to oppose the China
extradition law, Harcourt Road at Admiralty is reoccupied with a banner
'A single spark can start a prairie fire'.

The stunning public outcry forced Chief Executive Carrie Lam to apologise,
acknowledging that the government failed to harmonise great contradictions
and disputes in the society. But there was no clear indication that the
amendments of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance would be withdrawn.

The march appeared as a sea of black, led by two huge banners reading, 'Anguish with
Bleeding Heart' and 'Withdraw the Evil Law', from day to night. It is rare for the
police to open all traffic lanes of Hennessy Road, Lockhart Road, Johnston Road,
Jaffe Road and west-bound Gloucester Road to the crowds. The march lasted for
more than 8 hours, and the organisers said nearly 2 million people participated,
the highest number ever.

The organisers made five major demands, including the withdrawal of laws, the
investigation of police shootings, no prosecution of protesters, recind
classification of 'riot', and the demand Carrie Lam be accountable and step down.

Legislator Claudia Mo said that Lam did not respond to any demands and had lost
a whole generation of Hong Kong people, and was brewing to give her a deadline.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
17 Jun 2019

2 Million March to Oppose China Extradition

A record of nearly 2 million people took to the streets to demand the withdrawal of
the China extradition amendments, to recind classifying the 12 June protests as
a 'riot', to release all those arrested, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down.
The front banners read 'Distressed with a bleeding heart. Withdraw the evil law.'

Carrie Lam announced at a press conference on Saturday that the amendments
of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance will be suspended. Jimmy Sham, convenor
of the organiser Civil Rights Front, said that he is very disappointed and
angry at the response of Lam and believes that she did not pay attention
to the demands of Hong Kong people.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has apologised to Hong Kong people saying she
promises to accept criticism with humility, after the massive march.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2019
16 Jun 2019

6000 Moms: No Tiananmen Mothers

6,000 people completely filled Chater Garden on 14 June evening. Most of them were
mothers, dressed in black holding carnations, participated in a sit-in against police
brutality and the China extradition law. Some held "Mother is strong" and
'Don' t shoot our kids' and other placard slogans.

Former Legislators Audrey Eu, Cy Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan, and former IPCC (Independent
Police Complaints Council) member Christine Fang attended.

May Chan, wife of Rev Yuen Tin-yau says the name of Hong Kong's mother reminds
her of the 'Tiananmen Mothers'. The youth became protesters against the
authoritarian government and not a riot mob. The protest on 12 June is not
a riot. Hong Kong mothers should not be Tiananmen mothers. We must
organize before our children are shot.

Mothers came to the stage to express their anger, including the 'heroic mother'
Lu Jincheng, who touched countless Hong Kong people by her emotional
persuasion of the police to back down with tears. She recalled what happened and
is angry that Carrie Lam is an unfit mother and chief executive. Lam should step down.

On 12 June, the police violently cleared the young protesters using tear gas,
bean bags and rubber bullets. Carrie Lam later gave a 'Mother's Child Theory',
which angered numerous Hong Kong mothers, who initiated the rally.

A number of Executive Council members and political heavyweights, including
Bernard Chan, Executive Council Convener, Council member Ronnie Tong, Jasper
Tsang, ex-Chair of Legislative Council, and the former senior government officials,
all spoke in unison, hoping that the government would suspend the amendments.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
15 Jun 2019

My photo 6000 Moms: No Tiananmen Mothers on the front page of Master-Insight.

Stop Police Brutality Please

On 12 June, there was serious clash during the mass protest against the Fugitive
Offenders Ordinance. 11 people were arrested, suspected of disturbing public
order, illegal assembly, assaulting police and riot-related crimes. Two
University of Hong Kong students were charged with loitering.

Initial count by the police includes 150 tear gas canisters, several rubber bullets
and 20 bean bags were fired. The number of tear gas canisters was more than
70% over the 87 fired in the 2014 Occupy.

Many questioned the police's excessive use of force, shooting at heads, eyes
and reporters. Police Commissioner Lo Wai-chung believed that the police
exercised restraint as the situation was chaotic and the police used appropriate
force. However, the Complaints Against Police Office has received 19 complaints.
Top officials of the government said they did not participate in the shooting
decision, attempting to distance themselves from the action.

The Hong Kong Bar Association, legal scholars, human rights groups
and journalist associations issued statements condemning the
police's use of excessive force.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
14 Jun 2019

My photo Stop Police Brutality Please on the front page of Master-Insight.

Umbrella Movement 2.0 Tear Gas Shrouds Admiralty

Another massive occupation of Admiralty in Hong Kong erupted on Wednesday, similar
to Umbrella Movement of 2014, against the government's amendment of the
Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. 'We are back' is posted on Lennon Wall.

The protesters were confronted with gun-totting heavily armed riot police. The
police attacked with excessive force and without prior warning, firing rubber
bullets, bean bags, tear gas, and pepper spray indiscriminately. It was also
the first time that the police shoot at local protesters after 1997.

Clouds of tear gas shrouded Admiralty area, including government headquarters,
Chief Executive's Office and Legislative Council Building. 72 people were injured,
2 of them seriously. The demonstrators were temporarily forced to retreat but
continue to occupy after regroup.

The police characteried the incident as 'riots'. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam,
described it as an organised 'riot' and reiterated that the amendments
would not be withdrawn.

The mass protest was headline news on mainstream overseas media, including New
York Times, CNN, Financial Times and others. British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) described the scene as 'completely chaotic', 'like a battlefield.' Overseas
media generally only use 'protests' as opposed to Hong Kong Government's 'riot'.

Over 200 members of the Chief Executive Election Committee jointly requested Carrie
Lam to step down and call for re-election. They also requested the withdrawal of
the Fugitive Offenders amendments, and the police to stop the violence immediately.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
13 Jun 2019

My photo Umbrella Movement 2.0 Tear Gas Shrouds Admiralty on the front page of Master-Insight.

Occupy Central 2.0

Frustrated by Carrie Lam's disregard for public opinion, tens of thousands of
protesters have blocked roads in the Admiralty area around the government
headquarters in protest of Hong Kong's looming extradition law. Traffic comes
to a standstill reminiscent of Occupy Central /Umbrella Movement of 2014.

This morning around 8 am, protesters who had camped overnight at Tamar
Park in Hong Kong began stopping traffic from accessing the legislature.
The Legislative Council meeting due at 11am was delayed for lack of quorum,
with no indication of when it would resume.

Score for people's power 1, government 0.
Hope Carrie Lam will come to her senses and reconsider.
Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
12 Jun 2019

My photo Occupy Central 2.0 on the front page of Master-Insight.

Looming Hong Kong-wide Strike on 6.12

The 'Million Men March' of 9 June did not sway the Hong Kong government.
Carrie Lam issued a statement saying that the amendment of the Fugitive
Offenders Ordinance will be sent directly to Legislative Council for second
reading of the on Wednesday, June 12th.

Some netizens called for the escalation of the protests and launch a city-wide
"strike, shop closure and class boycott". Individuals could have a picnic at the
Tamar Park near the Legislative Council Building to protest. The civil
society will put collective pressure on the government and the members of
the pro-establishment legislators.

Within a day, hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises, shops, and organisations
spontaneously responded to the 6.12 strike from all walks of life. The Parents'
Union also appeals to parents to let their children join the class boycott.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
11 Jun 2019

My photo Looming Hong Kong-wide Strike on 6.12 on the front page of Master-Insight.

China Extradition Hard Sell Reinvigorates Umbrella Spirit

A million Hong Kong people took to and flooded the streets of Hong Kong Island.
The Police opened six lanes in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay to the marchers only
after 4.30 pm. Undaunted by 33 degree heat and occasional rain, they raised their
umbrellas and marched on. The scene appeared sureally like Umbrella Movement 2.0.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's hard sell of China Extradition laws has reinvigorated
the long-dormant umbrella spirit, and the young people who had been absent
from the streets re-emerged. Has Lam opened Pandora's box?

On 9 June, 1.03 million people took to the streets, setting a record of Hong Kong
people fighting for their rights. They urged Carrie Lam to respond to the public's
demands as soon as possible.

The Government responded at 11 pm that they agreed and respected the public's
views on a wide range of issues, but indicated that the draft will resume
the Second Reading in the Legislative Council on June 12.

Jimmy Sham, convenor of Civil Human Rights Front, said that "if 1.03 million
took to the streets, about one in every seven people spoke out. I believe that
'if the public will take the streets today, they will take the streets in the future'.
I hope that Carrie Lam will change her mind." He also hoped that the pro-establishment
legislators of the Legislative Council would respond to public opinion and vote for
the 1.03 million people, and vote against the amendment of the Fugitive Ordinance.

Wanchai . Hong Kong | 2019
10 Jun 2019

My photo China Extradition Hard Sell Reinvigorates Umbrella Spirit on the front page of Master-Insight.

Million Protest Against Extradition to China

A record 1.03 Million took to the streets, the largest protest in 16 years, to protest
the proposed amendment to extradite fugitives to China, according to organisers.

This is the largest protest in Hong Kong since the July 1st Rally in 2003, which
prompted the Hong Kong Government to suspend the introduction of Article 23 on
national security of the Basic Law.

Concerns about the proposed law include democratic and human rights groups,
university and secondary school students, the media, church groups, lawyers,
and even pro-establishment figures who are rarely against the government.

Benny Tai, law professor at the University of Hong Kong, who is jailed the civil
disobedience movement Occupy Central of2014, called on the people to participate
in protest. He said, 'the extradition law is the largest threat facing Hong Kong.
Once passed, Hong Kong will regress to One Country One System.'

In April, 130,000 people marched against the law. 180,000 people gathered to mourn
the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, while
opposing law. On June 6, 3,000 lawyers marched in black, plus the Bar Association
and the Law Society both opposed the amendment.

The US Secretary of State and the German and British foreign ministers have
already stated their opposition to the regulation, while 11 representatives
from the European Union met with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and handed
her a demarche, a formal protest note.

The Carrie Lam government ignored public opinion and international
concern, refused broadly-based consultation and trying to ram through the
law. Let's hope the government will come to its senses.

Admiralty . Hong Kong | 2019
9 Jun 2019

My photo Million March Against Extradition to China on the front page of Master-Insight.

Ma Desheng - Rebel Artist

40 years after the famed 1979 Stars Exhibition in Beijing, artist Ma Desheng opens
his new show in Hong Kong with a performance art 'I Love the Tiananmen Mothers'
as a special tribute on the 30th anniversary of the June 4 Massacre of
pro-democracy students in China.

Ma rose to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder of the Stars Group, a collective
of self-taught rebels exploring alternatives to the Socialist propaganda art permitted
by the Communist Party, which organised two public exhibitions that were both
quickly quashed by authorities. He is one of the pioneers of Chinese contemporary art.

The wheelchair-bound 67-year-old now lives in Paris. Ma is collected by the M+
Museum, Hong Kong; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The British Museum,
London; Museum Cernuschi, Paris; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris;
l'Association du Museum d'Art Contemporaine de Chamalieres, France; Museum
of Oxford, Oxford; Museum de Melun, France, Asian Art Museum, Nice;
The University of Hong Kong Museum, among others.
Ma is a published and celebrated poet.

Part of the French May programme, his work is on display at 10 Chancery Lane
Gallery through 22 June.

SOHO . Hong Kong | 2019
8 Jun 2019

My photo Ma Desheng - Rebel Artist on the front page of Master-Insight.

Dragon Boat Racing at Stanley

Tens of thousands of paddlers and revelers joined the dragon boat races
to celebrate Tuen Ng (aka Dragon Boat) Festival across Hong Kong. Over
30,000 descended on Stanley where the largest international race was
held. Races were also held in Sha Tin, Tai Po, Sai Kung and Discovery Bay.

The annual festival mourns the death of the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who
drowned himself to protest against political corruption during the Warring
States period (c 475-221 BC).

Supporters took their dumplings and boats to the river and desperately tried
to save him. To keep fish and evil spirits away from his body, they beat drums,
splashed the water with their paddles and threw rice dumplings into the water.

Contestants came from across the globe including Brazil, Dubai, and Mexico,
etc. Dragon Boat racing is now held all over the world. It is a great
opportunity to create awareness and honour the poet Qu Yuan's
protest on political corruption (with contemporary relevance).

Stanley . Hong Kong | 2019
7 Jun 2019

My photo Stanley Dragon Boat Race on the front page of Master-Insight.

Lawyers March Against Extradition to China

A record 3,000 lawyers in Hong Kong, dressed in black and at 33 degree C, marched
silently from the Court of Final Appeal to Government HQ to protest against
what they see as Beijing's interference.

This is a sign of growing concern about the rule of law in the International financial
centre and a further act of dissent against the Mainland.

The march is the fourth protest by the legal prfession since Hong Kong's
handover to China. In 2014, 1,800 marched, 600 in 1999, and 900 in 2005, after
controversial Basic Law interpretations by China.

Central . Hong Kong | 2019
6 Jun 2019

My photo Lawyers March Against Extradition to China on the front page of Master-Insight.

Ramadan Ends

Thousands come together to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy
month of Ramadan, at Victoria Park. During Ramadan, believers fast from dawn
until sunset, refraining from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations.

300,000 Indonesians, many of them working as domestic helpers, form the
largest Muslim group. In addition, about 150,000 Indians and 40,000
Pakistani Muslims live in the city.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2019
5 Jun 2019

My photo Ramadan Ends on the front page of Master-Insight.

180,000 Join 30th June 4 Vigil

A sea of light illuminated Victoria Park in Hong Kong.

180,000 gathered at the annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the 30th anniversary
of the June 4 Tiananmen Massacre of 1989 in Beijing.

Turnout is much higher than last year's 115,000 despite pouring rain before
and being snubbed by college students who are severing ties with China.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2019
4 Jun 2019

My photo Sea of Light at June 4 Vigil on the front page of Master-Insight.

Ghent's Biking Culture

Ingbert likes to bike to the Graslei canal waterfront of Ghent and hangs out
with his friends in front of the facades of old warehouses and townhouses,
which look amazing at dusk.

Picturesque Ghent is one of the best cities to feel Europe's cycling culture,
and an alternative to touristy Bruges. Hong Kong could learn much to
reduce pollution and traffic congestion.

Ghent . Belgium | 2018
3 Jun 2019

This photographer has been invited to start a photo essay column Vision
at Master-Insight, a quality media platform influencing Greater China on a
wide range of topics - from art, economy, finance, life, politics, technologies, etc.

My photo Ghent's Biking Culture on the front page of Master-Insight.

Opera House at Sunset

The iconic Opera House, gorgeously painted by the setting sun, guards the Sydney Harbour.
Reminds us of the Ayers Rock, the landmark of Australia at the Red Centre.

As one of the most distinctive buildings of the 20th century, the Opera House
is famous for its unique architectural design. Its huge white shells appear like a
yacht sailing at full speed.

Sydney . Australia | 2013
2 Jun 2019

This photographer has been invited to start a photo essay column Vision
at Master-Insight, a quality media platform influencing Greater China on a
wide range of topics - from art, economy, finance, life, politics, technologies, etc.

My photo Opera House at Sunset on the front page of Master-Insight.

Above the Clouds

After the thunderstorm, the city is immersed in a sea of clouds. Only the top
of the tallest skyscrappers, such as the Internnational Finance Centre
(left) and the Bank of China Building (right), peek through with a black
kite (hawk) soaring above.

The Peak . Hong Kong | 2018
1 Jun 2019

This photographer has been invited to start a photo essay column Vision
at Master-Insight, a quality media platform influencing Greater China on a
wide range of topics - from art, economy, finance, life, politics, technologies, etc.

My photo Above the Clouds on the front page of Master-Insight.

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