High Tide (July 6th 2015) – Daily political round up

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SJ holds back over Lee Cheuk-yan’s plan to visit the mainland; Teachers’ group warns of layoffs. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Rimsky Yuen: National Security Law not applicable here.
– Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen reaffirmed that the National Security Law is not targeting Hong Kong
– Yuen, however, noted that the authorities could not guarantee whether Labour Party’s lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, who earlier announced his plan to visit the mainland to “test the waters”, would not be arrested for breaking the law in Hong Kong
– Meanwhile, it was reported (ch) that priests in Hong Kong have been warned by mainland authorities not to preach to mainlanders

Gregory So: Not the time to evaluate the impact of ‘one trip per week’ policy yet.
– Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So said it is premature to see the full impact of the implementation of the ‘one trip per week’ policy imposed on mainland citizens under the Individual Visiting Scheme
– It was cited that the number of IVS tourists in May has dropped by about 5% compared to the figure a year ago
– Initial estimation suggested that about 160,000 people participated in the Dragon Boat Carnival, among which 40,000 were tourists

Political (General)

Protests against high rents and political suppression in Singapore.
– About 50 people gathered outside the Singaporean Consulate at the Admiralty Centre,protesting against the conviction of blogger Amos Yee by the Singaporean authority
– Meanwhile, more than 100 people marched from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to the Government Complex and called for more measures to address the issue of high housing rents

Assembly of about 200 activists in Mong Kok results in mild clashes.
– About 200 people gathered (ch) in Sai Yeun Choi Street at around 9 last night targeting mainland ‘dancers’, some holding yellow umbrellas and banners with slogans such as “I want true universal suffrage”
– Exchange of words soon turned into mild clashes and a few were reportedly taken away by the Police

Headquarter of Democratic Party refurnished while Scholarism searches for new premises.
– The Democratic Party has had its headquarter in Prince Edward refurnished (ch) after 25 years of use and a new office in Lai Chi Kok for its creative media team
– Meanwhile, Scholarism announced on Facebook that it will move out of its head office in Lai Chi Kok as it could not afford the high rent under the new tenancy offer which has been raised by 20%

Teachers’ group calls for review on small class teaching as more than 2500 teachers could face unemployment.
– The Professional Teachers’ Union warned that more than 2500 teachers could be sacked in face of declining student enrollments in secondary school
– The group urged the Government to keep the redundant teachers by 2020 and to review the policy of small class teaching
– It was indicated by the Government that the number of new secondary school students will dropped by 2800 to 54100 next year