Current Affairs

Ai Weiwei fears ‘Tiananmen’ crackdown in Hong Kong

by Daphne ROUSSEAU Watching the Hong Kong protests from afar, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei fears the worst, warning of a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. “I don’t think any prediction is too big,” the 61-year-old told AFP in an interview in his Berlin studio. China “is a society which sacrifices anything to maintain its control,” …

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Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

by Jerome TAYLOR / Elaine YU Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week — and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with the communist-ruled mainland taking an …

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Workers have to stay skilful and healthy as companies raise retirement and re-employment ages, says NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng

Over 50 companies have raised their retirement and re-employment ages for workers beyond the statutory requirements, says NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng in an interview with CNA938 on Thursday (15 August). Mr Ng, who has been urging employers here to go just that, said that this is a “pretty decent” response and added that workers are appreciative of the move. …

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10-year-old Japanese girl interviews Hong Kong airport protesters

Intrigued by the ongoing protests against the extradition Bill in Hong Kong, a 10-year-old Japanese girl went on a field trip to the city to learn firsthand the reasons behind the demonstrations. Shimazu Chika, who is in primary four, travelled to Hong Kong on Wed (14 Aug) with her father to interview the protesters, as she believes that a dialogue …

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