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· June, 2019

Stories about East Asia from June, 2019

12 June 2019

Thousands of anti-extradition protesters block roads surrounding Hong Kong government headquarters

On the morning of June 12, protesters were able to postpone debate on the controversial extradition bill by the Legislative Council.

11 June 2019

Vietnamese victims of 2016 marine disaster have filed a landmark lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan

A group of 7,875 Vietnamese plaintiffs launched a lawsuit in Taiwan against Formosa Plastics Group and other smaller stakeholders of the Ha Tinh Steel Corporation based in Vietnam.

Beyond Beijing: What China's 1989 Democracy Movement was like in Changsha

Interview with Andréa Worden about the events in Chinese city of Changsha during the spring of 1989 that she experienced first hand.

9 June 2019

Hundreds of thousands protest in Hong Kong against the extradition bill

Protesters said the proposed amendments would make it easier for mainland China to cause the arrest of critics, dissidents, and even journalists in Hong Kong.

7 June 2019

‘Everything is destroyed': Inside the ruins of Marawi City in the Philippines

"Despite the scale of the destruction, almost no clearing has been done yet. Bombed homes and establishments, plazas, churches, and mosques — everything is destroyed."

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

5 June 2019

Record crowd commemorates Tiananmen Massacre at Hong Kong candlelight vigil

"Even though it is a crime to remember / The truth will find its courage to be told /The history that has happened will be revealed..."

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

4 June 2019

How Beijing uses intimidation to censor the Tiananmen Massacre outside of China

"Beijing's intimidation does have an impact on shaping the stories [journalists] tell and the ways that they tell it.”

Turning ‘likes’ into rewards: Hong Kong citizen media outlets launch ‘Civic Likers’ campaign

By turning “likes” into “monetary rewards”, the content can remain open for public access while the authors can get their revenue from “likes”.