French ‘Spiderman’ climbs Hong Kong tower with ‘peace banner’
30 August 2019 | 7:31 am
Amid ongoing pro-democracy protests, French climber Alain Robert scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper with a reconciliation flag. Robert said he hoped to "raise a smile," but many were less than pleased with the stunt.
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Four climbers, including French "Spider-man" Alain Robert, 59, scaled the Total Tower in Paris in protest against France's Covid health pass.
19 Sep 2021
Hong Kong police on Thursday raid a museum that houses exhibits commemorating Beijing's deadly crackdown on Tiananmen Square in 1989, a day after they arrested four members of the group that ran the venue.
18 Sep 2021
Nine veteran activists have been sentenced to jail for taking part in a vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The case has involved a total of 26 activists who took part.
22 Sep 2021
Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong's film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle -- Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere.
17 Oct 2021
Developers in Florida have begun building the world's first pandemic-ready skyscraper, which will integrate the Miami Worldcenter complex. With a price tag of $500-million, the Legacy Tower is planned to contain 310 luxurious residences, 219 hotel rooms and 10-floors of medical facilities - featuring bacteria-killing robots, touchless technology and modern air purification systems which developers hope will protect residents against future pandemics.
17 Oct 2021
The sculpture, named "Pillar of Shame," mourns those who were killed by Chinese troops at Tiananmen Square in 1989. It was installed at the University of Hong Kong in 1997, when the territory was handed back to China.
2 Nov 2021
Jimmy Lai and several other activists have gone on trial for their role in last year's unauthorized event. Most of the defendants have already pleaded guilty.
After the government froze its assets, Hong Kong's "Apple Daily" was forced to shut down. It was one of the city's few media outlets that dared to criticize Beijing. What happens now? We accompany two former staffers: a reporter and a photographer.
Since China imposed a security law on Hong Kong, more than 100,000 people have left. The UK has offered a special visa to its former colony, and 70% of Hong Kong's population is eligible. But for those who've fled, it's difficult to leave home behind.
Nearly five million eligible voters in Hong Kong will elect just 20 of the city's 90 lawmakers; the others will be appointed by committees close to Beijing. The elections to the Legislative Council come after Beijing forced through changes to the city's electoral laws.
After recording the lowest turnout rate in Hong Kong's electoral history on Sunday, critics have said the city's legislative council elections are just a rubber stamp for Beijing.
Hong Kong's new M+ is aiming to be Asia's first global contemporary art museum. Its inaugural exhibition showcases 1,500 works, but following China's recent crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, will the art on display there be free from censorship?
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