Sunday, May 30, 2010

News round-up

The latest in news stories from the local paper:

Yesterday, day six of Hong Kong Art Week, a group called the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China erected two artworks in a public square - a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue that was built by students during the 1989 mainland democracy movement, and a six-meter-long relief called Tiananmen Massacre. Police promptly arrived, scuffled with the group, and arrested many of them. A hygiene officer (yes, these were officers from the "Food and Environmental Hygiene Department") said the statues were taken down because the exhibition was unlicensed "entertainment" and "rejected claims that the prosecution was political in nature." Mmkay.

Then there was the story about the former senior government lawyer who's on trial for shoplifting a package of peanut cookies from the supermarket. Her attorney tries to mitigate the charges by pointing out that the cookies were of no use to her, because she's allergic to peanuts.

And sometimes you don't need to know the whole story. Sometimes just one sentence from an article says it all. For example: "His lawyer said Lau Siu-wah, 51, dressed like a woman and stole the nail polish because he missed his wife, who died in 2007."

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