China has blocked the sales of certain HK/Taiwan authors who have expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. This comes after banning artists who have engaged in criminal behavior (unrelated maybe).
Among those banned are prolific Taiwanese writer Giddens Ko, Chinese-American historian Yu Ying-shih, Hong Kong critic and TV host Leung Man-tao, Peking University law professor Zhang Qianfang and columnist Xu Zhiyuan. In the cases of Yu and Ko, the order went further and required the immediate removal of their books from shelves.
The Chinese government has moved in other ways to minimize coverage within China of the Hong Kong situation. These include limiting access to Hong Kong newspaper websites, blocking Instagram, and preventing certain web search terms from showing any results.
In the most intense confrontation since the early days of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, hundreds of police officers used pepper spray in the early hours of Wednesday to scatter hundreds of demonstrators who had barricaded a harbor-front road overnight. Some students alleged that the police had beaten some protesters.
“We need more people to come out and use their power, but it’s hard because everyone needs to work,” said Kevin Sze, a 26-year-old social worker, as he sat on a camping chair near the barricades remaining around Admiralty. He was between jobs, and so had been able to stay at the protest site during the day, he said, adding, “No one wants to be arrested.”
The protests have polarized Hong Kong society between supporters of demonstrators’ demands for electoral democracy and opponents who see the protests as disruptions to the city’s usual orderliness. Some Hong Kong politicians, echoing accusations in the Chinese Communist Party press, also suggest that the demonstrations are Western-inspired challenges to the Chinese government’s hold over the former British colony.
Beijing regained sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, and it has promised residents that from 2017 they would have the right to vote for the city’s leader, or chief executive.
But advocates of democracy argue that the electoral rules laid down by China’s legislature in late August would turn such elections into an empty ritual, because they require that candidates first win approval from at least half the members of a nomination committee dominated by groups and politicians loyal to Beijing.
“I’ve been going to these mobile civic classes, and I’ve been telling them about Rosa Parks,” Audrey Eu, the chairwoman of the pro-democratic Civic Party who supports the sit-ins, said. “I always ask them, ‘How long do you think the Montgomery bus boycott lasted?' ”
“A lot of people said, ‘A month?’ ‘Three months?' ” Ms. Yu added. “And I said no, and they finally said, ‘A year!’ So I think you have to prepare to have staying power.”
source: variety, nytimes