Kim Jong-un gets second job
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un strikes fear into some hearts, but pictures of a Chinese street food vendor with a distinct resemblance to him have fuelled online mirth. Chubby, with a round face and sporting Kim’s trademark haircut, the vendor was photographed cooking meat. Like Kim, he has a penchant for high-buttoned jackets and smokes, and although his identity remains unknown, it is known that he works in Shenyang, not far from the North Korea border. Thousands of Internet users commented on the images, with many referring to Kim as “Fatty the Third,” a reference to his weight and having inherited his position from his father and grandfather. “This has got to be Fatty the Third’s brother — quick, bring him back,” one Sina Weibo user wrote, with another saying: “Fatty the Third finally has a money-making career,” in an apparent reference to the government providing the bulk of North Korea’s trade and aid.
Palestinian car tires slashed
Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in annexed east Jerusalem yesterday in the latest so-called “price tag” hate crime — a euphemism for hate crimes that generally target Palestinians — police and a foreign journalist said. The attack took place in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian neighborhood, with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby bus reading: “Gentiles in the land are enemies.” Police said the tires of 34 cars were punctured, but the correspondent placed the number at 45, saying that all four wheels of each car were slashed. Local residents said that security cameras at the site showed a group of men were behind the crime.
Man jailed for planning rally
A court yesterday jailed for 18 months a man who applied to hold a protest on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings, his lawyer said. Gu Yimin (顧義民) was found guilty of “inciting state subversion” for posting photographs of the 1989 crackdown online and applying for permission to stage a protest on its anniversary last year, said his lawyer, Liu Weiguo (劉衛國). “This judgement violates the constitution,” Liu said, adding that Gu would appeal the verdict, handed down by a court in Changshu in the eastern Jiangsu Province. “We maintain that Gu Yimin was exercising his right to freedom of speech.” Liu added that men he believed to be state security officers had assaulted him and another lawyer outside the courthouse.
Farmer dies in land protest
A farmer was burned to death during a protest on Friday over land seized for development, state-run media said yesterday. Geng Fulin (耿福林), 62, died when a tent that he and other farmers had erected next to a swath of rural terrain sold by the local government to a property developer caught fire, the Global Times reported. Two others were injured in the blaze in Pingdu, Shandong Province, the paper said, adding that police suspect arson. Locals claimed that the land had been secretly sold to a property developer and farmers who held rights to use it had not received compensation to which they were entitled, the report said. Local government officials took Geng’s body to be cremated following his death, according to news portal Caixin. It added that a heavy police presence was visible at Geng’s funeral on Sunday. The case prompted widespread outrage on social media yesterday. Forced evictions are the single greatest source of public discontent, Amnesty International said in a report last year.
FOX HUNT: To suppress dissent, Chinese living abroad that Xi Jinping sees as threats are told to either return to China or commit suicide, Christopher Wray said Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the country’s diaspora, known as Operation Fox Hunt, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. In a speech about the security threat posed by China, during which he said Beijing’s counterintelligence work was the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality,” Wray gave the example of one Fox Hunt target who was given a choice of going back to China or killing themselves. Fox Hunt was launched
‘WOULD NOT COMPLY’: The company’s user data are kept in Singapore and it would not turn the data over to Beijing even if asked, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said Social media app TikTok has distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters. In a letter to the Indian government dated on Sunday last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China’s ByteDance, but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience. Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent
‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM’: Hong Kongers will never bow to Beijing, the advocate said, while the US’ envoy to the territory called China’s new security law a ‘tragedy’ The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the semi-autonomous territory, advocate Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said yesterday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy. Wong, one of the territory’s most prominent young advocates and a figure loathed by Beijing, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow advocates are being prosecuted for involvement in last year’s pro-democracy protests. China last week enacted sweeping security legislation for the restless territory, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The legislation has sent a wave of fear through the territory, and criminalized dissenting
A squad of gun-toting police officers patrolled Myanmar’s sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each evening as dusk falls, about 100 officers fan out across the plain of Bagan covering 50km2, sweeping flashlights over the crumbling monuments to scour for intruders. “Our security forces are patrolling day and night,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Sein Win told reporters. “We have it under control for the moment, but it’s a challenge.” The central Burmese city is strewn with more than 3,500 ancient monuments — stupas, temples, murals and sculptures