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New Hong Kong textbooks say it was never a British colony, calls 2019 protests ‘terrorist activities’

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  • New Hong Kong textbooks appear to favor Beijing accounts of history, with them now stating that the island was never a British colony and describing the 2019 pro-democracy protests as “terrorist activities.”
  • A textbook claimed that Hong Kong was not previously a British colony since the Chinese government had not recognized the unequal treaties that ceded the city to Britain during the 19th century.
  • The textbooks introduced a new curriculum to take the place of liberal studies, which will reportedly focus on topics of national security, identity, lawfulness and patriotism.
  • Since the 2019 pro-democracy and anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the territory has seen significant changes to its schools’ educational materials.
  • News of the revised textbooks comes at a time when Beijing appears to be tightening its control of the territory and Beijing loyalist John Lee has been elected the next chief executive.

New Hong Kong textbooks appear to favor Beijing’s accounts of history, with the texts stating that the island was never a British colony and describing the 2019 pro-democracy protests as “terrorist activities.”

A textbook was found to have asserted that Hong Kong was not previously a British colony since the Chinese government had not recognized the unequal treaties that ceded the city to Britain during the 19th century.

Former British Consulate Worker Claims Chinese Authorities Tortured Him Over ‘Unrest in HK’

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Simon Cheng, the former employee of the British consulate who was arrested and held in China, has claimed that he was also tortured and accused of inciting the Hong Kong protests during his incarceration.

In a Facebook statement, the 28-year-old Hong Kong citizen alleged that during a trip to mainland China in August, he was arrested by Chinese authorities and detained for 15 days.

Inside the Hong Kong Protests: What It’s Really Like to Be on the Ground

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a NextShark series covering the Hong Kong protests with our reporter in the field, Ivan Ng. 

By now, the entire world knows what’s going on in Hong Kong. It started with an extradition bill, the people protested for months, the government said they would kill the extradition bill, but too many tragedies and alleged crimes had happened for the people to let go. They continue to protest, but this time for a completed list of five demands.

U.S. House Passes First Bills Supporting Hong Kong Protesters

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a series of bills in support of Hong Kong protesters. The bills require Washington to determine whether political developments in Hong Kong would justify its treatment of the city as a separate trading entity from mainland China and opens doors to sanctions for those who violate internationally recognized human rights, among other actions supporting protesters.

Known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, it is expected to pass the Senate, where it currently rests on a bipartisan co-sponsorship of 25 senators.

Blizzard Bans Pro-Esports Player For Supporting Hong Kong Protests

A professional “Hearthstone” player was pulled from a tournament and placed on a year ban by Blizzard after he expressed his support for the ongoing Hong Kong protests.

During an interview after the Grandmasters match on Sunday, Hong Kong professional “Hearthstone” player Blitzchung, whose real name is Ng Wai Chung, appeared in front of the camera wearing a gas mask worn by protesters in Hong Kong, according to The Verge.