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· October, 2019

Stories about East Asia from October, 2019

14 October 2019

Thai judge shoots himself in court after alleging political interference in courtroom decisions

"Return rulings to judges. Return justice to people....My statements might hold weight as light as a feather, but a judge’s heart must be as firm as a mountain."

13 October 2019

Youth join Climate Strike in Japan as government invests in fossil fuels

Japan is not void of warriors shouting out for climate sustainability. But these young activists are concerned that the adults aren’t ready to hear them.

11 October 2019

Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store

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The mobile game, entitled "The Revolution of Our Times", provides details on the political context leading up to the protests with a map on key protest sites in Hong Kong.

10 October 2019

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

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The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

9 October 2019

US gaming company Blizzard bans Hong Kong e-sport player from tournament for shouting pro-democracy slogan

The e-sport player will be removed from the tournament without receiving any prize money and banned from Hearthstone contests until 2020. Chinese tech giant Tencent owns about 5% of Blizzard’s...

8 October 2019

After Xinjiang, the long road to recovery

A crowdsourcing project in Kazakhstan is offering medical treatment to victims of Chinese detention camps, but psychological scars will take longer to heal.

South Park creators mock the NBA with a sarcastic apology to China

One single tweet about Hong Kong demonstrations is able to set a war of words between China and the US and to end NBA's business prospects in mainland China.

7 October 2019

Filipino teachers hold protest as presidential promise of salary increase remains unfulfilled

"It is now more than three years that Duterte is the President and still the promise of salary increase for teachers is illusive."

4 October 2019

NGOs slam Hong Kong's enacting of emergency law banning masks at protests as draconian

Last invoked in 1967, the Emergency Regulations Ordinance is a colonial-era law that gives the chief executive unlimited power in the event of an “emergency or public danger.”

Lilly Satidtanasarn, the 12-year-old taking on plastic pollution in Thailand

"Adults think I’m doing homework or a school project. They didn’t take me seriously but I kept emailing them and now they take me seriously."

2 October 2019

As real bullets fly and hit in Hong Kong, the police start a new cycle of unprecedented violence

Hong Kong sees its first victim of live gunshot as the city is once again marred in a vicious circle of violence

No land, no fish: Mekong community in northeast Thailand struggles against a double-threat

"I don’t understand but I’m very stressed. How can they demolish it? I don’t have anywhere to live. We aren’t rich investors. We’re poor people."