Hong Kong to commemorate Tiananmen Square crackdown by lighting candles following vigil ban

People in Hong Kong are set to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city on Thursday, after police banned an annual vigil, citing the coronavirus. The anniversary strikes an especially sensitive nerve in the semi-autonomous city this year after Beijing’s move last month… Read More Hong Kong to commemorate Tiananmen Square crackdown by lighting candles following vigil ban

Former Facebook employees blast Mark Zuckerberg over decision on posts of U.S. President Donald Trump

Nearly three dozen former employees from Facebook’s early days on Wednesday blasted Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to act against incendiary posts by U.S. President Donald Trump as “cowardly” and a “betrayal” of company ideals. The open letter, initially reported by the New York Times, deepened a crisis facing Facebook’s leadership team, who had… Read More Former Facebook employees blast Mark Zuckerberg over decision on posts of U.S. President Donald Trump

ACLU files lawsuit against Minnesota police over harassment of journalists at protests

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused Minnesota law enforcement of wrongly arresting, injuring and harassing journalists covering unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis police custody. In a lawsuit, filed on behalf of journalists in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday, the ACLU accuses the Minneapolis… Read More ACLU files lawsuit against Minnesota police over harassment of journalists at protests

Former U.S. defense secretary Jim Mattis criticizes military response to civil unrest

After long refusing to explicitly criticize a sitting president, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused President Donald Trump on Wednesday of trying to divide America and roundly denounced a militarization of the U.S. response to civil unrest. Protests have erupted around the United States since the death on May 25 of unarmed black man George… Read More Former U.S. defense secretary Jim Mattis criticizes military response to civil unrest

Snap removes account of U.S. President Donald Trump from curated promotional section

Snap Inc said it would no longer promote U.S. President Donald Trump’s account in Snapchat’s Discover section, saying his inflammatory comments last week made the account ineligible for the curated section where users explore new content. “We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” the… Read More Snap removes account of U.S. President Donald Trump from curated promotional section

Hacktivist group Anonymous resurge following global protests against police brutality

The amorphous internet activist movement known as Anonymous staged an online resurgence in the past week on the back of real-world protests against police brutality. Born from internet chat boards more than a dozen years ago, the collective was once known for organizing low-skill but effective denial-of-service attacks that temporarily shut down access to payment… Read More Hacktivist group Anonymous resurge following global protests against police brutality

Taiwan calls on China to apologise for 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown

Taiwan called on China on Wednesday to apologise for the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, a call dismissed as “nonsense” by China’s foreign ministry. Thursday marks 31 years since Chinese troops opened fire to end the student-led unrest in and around the square. Chinese authorities ban any public commemoration of… Read More Taiwan calls on China to apologise for 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown

Minnesota to increase murder charge against former police officer Derek Chauvin, charge three other officers

Minnesota’s attorney general will increase the murder charge against a fired Minneapolis police officer in the death of an unarmed black man that has triggered nationwide protests and will level charges against three other sacked officers, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar said on Wednesday. George Floyd, 46, died after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on… Read More Minnesota to increase murder charge against former police officer Derek Chauvin, charge three other officers