[30] Gui's family contacted the Swedish embassy, and the Swedish police filed a report through Interpol, but the Guardian, noting that the military junta was becoming increasingly accommodating to Chinese demands, observed that the Thais had done little to advance the case. [128][132], Lee Bo rejected Lam's assertions the next day, denying that he had told Lam how he ended up in the mainland or that he had handed over the bookstore's list of customers to mainland police. And I hate myself for writing that. [49][15][1][21][50][51] Article 22 states that no department of the central, provincial, or municipal governments within China may interfere in the affairs which the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region administers on its own. Choi acknowledged he was well and that he was "assisting in an investigation in the capacity of a witness". What Hong Kong lost is found in Taiwan. [23][24], Lui Bo (呂波, age 50–51) is the manager and one of the three shareholders of Mighty Current. [73], Speaking anonymously, a senior foreign diplomat in Hong Kong revealed that at least six countries had expressed their concern and asked for information regarding the disappearances as at 23 January 2016. Share This Video Taiwan’s Bookstore – The Survived Global Chapter: To Survive, To Migrate. 1/F English Books and Children Books Let them go back home". [34][53][54] In January 2016, after it was revealed that all five men were in mainland China, Lam expressed confidence in the sincerity and goodwill of the PRC government, and said that Lee Bo's disappearance was an isolated case that needed a swift resolution, but it did not amount to a breakdown of one country two systems. [79][97][98][99] He allegedly absconded before the damages could be settled. 05JAN16 SCMP/ Sam Tsang Erstklassige Nachrichtenbilder in hoher … [117], On 29 February 2016, Lee Bo met with Hong Kong police and then gave a televised interview on the Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television in an undisclosed location in mainland China, in what was his first public appearance since he went missing. The last bastion of Hong Kong's guarantees is the law. Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe von Causeway Bay: (0.04 km) Eslite Bookstore (0.04 km) T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Hong Kong, Causeway Bay (0.13 km) LOST Causeway Bay (0.07 km) Hysan Place (0.09 km) Sogo Mall (Causeway Bay) Sehen Sie sich alle Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe von Causeway Bay auf Tripadvisor an. [7][8], On 16 June 2016, shortly after he returned to Hong Kong, Lam Wing-kee gave a long press conference in the presence of legislator Albert Ho in which he detailed the circumstances surrounding his eight-month detention, and describing how his confession and those of his associates had been scripted and stage-managed. No books had ever been banned in Hong Kong before. These efforts were widely derided by commentators as a farce and a charade, as they failed to satisfy concerns over the breach of "one country, two systems" and its practical and constitutional implications. [50][115], Another letter allegedly written by Lee Bo to his wife was sent to Sing Tao Daily on 17 January, the day Gui Minhai's confession was aired, in which Lee denounced his colleague's reprehensible lack of morals in connection with his car accident, and blamed Gui for the fate that had befallen him. "I want to tell the Chinese authorities and Xi Jinping, the president of China, that you are wrong. Between October and December 2015, five staff of Causeway Bay Books went missing. ABOUT CLARK'S COMICS - HONG KONG. [48] Lee Bo's disappearance spurred renewed interest about Lam Wing-kee, and his family received a police visit the same day after chief executive CY Leung spoke publicly on the case. [35] When filing the police report, they were referred to the Immigration Department, who said it was against privacy policy to reveal a person's records of entry and exit of Hong Kong without the subject's permission. Cheng. [7] Many mainland Chinese people that came to Hong Kong as tourists made a special trip to the bookstore to purchase books on politics. [125] Cheung Jiping also came back to Hong Kong two days later, and also asked the Hong Kong police to drop his missing person case. As the case drags on, there will be more speculation". There is a wide selection of English books and I always end up buying something here. The original Eslite Bookstore is in Taipei and stays open until 3 am or 4 am. He kept his movements to himself and his communications routed, and his work projects would also be shrouded in secrecy. His disappearance is the only known disappearance that occurred in Hong Kong territory, and thus sparked even more concern on whether the integrity of "one country, two systems" is being maintained. How many more hearts and minds has this government won over since then? [79] On 8 January Chinese security officials acknowledged that Lee Bo was being held in China. Xi Nuo says his decision to publish the book was to challenge the Chinese authorities. [40] Choi, who had been expecting Lee home for dinner at around 7.15 pm on 30 December, raised the alarm when he failed to return home. [80][81] This took the form of a nine-word message sent to the Hong Kong Police Force with no indication of his whereabouts or his activity status. See all 16 Causeway Bay tours on Tripadvisor [3] While response to the October disappearances had been muted, perhaps in recognition that unexplained disappearances and lengthy extrajudicial detentions are known to occur in mainland China,[4] the unprecedented disappearance of a person in Hong Kong, and the bizarre events surrounding it, shocked the city and crystallised international concern over the possible abduction of Hong Kong citizens by Chinese public security bureau officials and their likely rendition, and the violation of several articles[clarification needed] of the Basic Law. Steve Vickers, the principal of one local risk assessment firm said: "The Hong Kong government appears to now have considerably diminished autonomy and the liaison office seems to be strengthening its position, [the disappearances have] certainly sent a chill through the business and social arenas in Hong Kong". [18][19] Two Hong Kong magazine publishers, Wong Kin-man and Wo Chung-hau, were arrested and tried in November 2015 for running an illegal business in China after sending copies of a political magazine to people on the mainland. One of the warehouses, containing some 45,000 books, was emptied according to the instructions of shareholder Sophie Choi, and one helper at the bookshop said that Choi ordered the stock destroyed in the hope that the return of Lee Bo, her husband, would be expedited. [3][4][5] The first bookstore closed after the disappearance of its last staff member, Lee Bo, in December 2015. According to interviews with China Central Television and Xinhua News Agency, Gui said that he had been consumed with guilt and had returned to China in October to face the consequences of his misdeed. The Sunday Times published what was described to be an alleged internal Communist Party document entitled "Guangdong Action Plan", a summary of which had been circulating in journalistic and political circles the previous week, and the full document gives apparent authorisation for excursions by Guangdong enforcers targeting authors, publishers and booksellers. Supporting Causeway Bay Books in Taipei is to … He denied that he was kidnapped, but did not give details as to how he actually entered Mainland China without his travel documents. Day 1 of 2020. [15] The fact that his home return permit was left at home led many to fear that he may have somehow been abducted by the mainland public security bureau and renditioned to Shenzhen. [22] He descended his building in a lift with at least eight other people at around 6 pm, and witnesses saw him being pushed by a group of men into a minivan, which sped away the moment he was securely on board. His wife was told to be discreet. Community See All. 25th April 2020 – (Taipei) Lam Wing–kee is the former owner and manager of Causeway Bay Books. "[80], The Washington Post said: "The narrative seems messy and incoherent, blending possible fact with what seems like outright fiction. It appears that both men returned to mainland China hours after meeting with the Hong Kong authorities. [3][122] The Guangdong authorities accused them of being "involved in illegal activities on the mainland" saying that "criminal compulsory measures were imposed on them". He also condemned a protest that was to be held on the same day. Photo: K.Y. Lam was detained by non-Hong Kong Disciplined Services in October 2015 as part of the disappearances of several bookshop owners. A few days earlier on 20 April, a company accused Lam of infringing on their trademark on the Chinese name for the bookstore (銅鑼灣書店), which Lam claimed was a fake bookstore opened elsewhere in Taipei to target his. [39], Lam Wing-kee opened a second version of the bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan, which opened on 25 April 2020.,[24][6] located on the 10th floor of a commercial building near the Zhongshan metro station. Causeway Bay Books (銅鑼灣書店), is an independent bookstore and upstairs bookstore in Hong Kong. [64] Joseph Wong, former secretary for the Hong Kong civil service, also said that the incident will have drastic consequences as foreign confidence in the one country two systems policy may be irreparably damaged, which may in turn jeopardise Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre. [19] Yiu was arrested by police in Shenzhen on charges of falsely labelling and smuggling industrial chemicals worth $220,000 in 2010 and was sentenced to prison for 10 years allegedly for smuggling, even though the real reason for the trumped up charges, in the eyes of many, was China's increasing restrictions on political expression under Xi. [100][102] The president of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Jasper Tsang, said: "the China Central Television (CCTV) report [and broadcast of Gui Minghai's confession] did not seem to be able to calm the public. [18][19][14] He was known to have been preparing to publish book by a Chinese writer residing in the US about Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping, entitled Godfather of China, Xi Jinping (中國教父習近平). [133], After March 2016, Lam was transferred to Shaoguan, where he worked in a library, but was prevented from leaving the mainland. [95] "Freedom from fear is a thing of the past for Hong Kong and this applies to everyone: businessmen or student," said a spokesman for the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. [108], In October 2017, he was formally released and ended up living in the eastern city of Ningbo, under heavy police presence and surveillance. On the second floor was Causeway Bay Bookstore, its wooden door hidden behind metal bars. [14][20], Chinese PEN Center director Bei Ling alerted Apple Daily to Lee Bo's disappearance, and the journal reported on 1 January 2016 that Lee had become the fifth member of Causeway Bay Books to disappear. There is a wide selection of English books and I always end up buying something here. [38] The Hong Kong police said that Lee Bo and his wife had met at a guesthouse in China on Saturday, 23 January. Completely wrong. 26th April 2020 – (Taipei) Lam Wing–kee, the former owner and manager of Causeway Bay Books who was detained by non-Hong Kong Disciplined Services in October 2015 as part of the disappearances of several bookshop owners re-opened his new Causeway Bay Bookstore in Taipei yesterday. The project was suggested to be linked to the disappearances. [130][131] Lam felt he had no choice and signed away his rights of access to a lawyer and to inform family members of his detention. 3,520 people like this. At least 300 police officers were present to be on standby to prevent […] [113][114] However, the case remains open as Hong Kong police confirmed that a missing person report can only be cancelled by the subject in person. [15][61] Ng said he was merely trying to state that it was indeed possible to leave Hong Kong without identity documents, and that it was inappropriate to speculate at present. The original Eslite Bookstore is in Taipei and stays open until 3 am or 4 am. In addition to general literary history books, the first bookstore also sold books on topics that are considered sensitive and therefore banned in China. Closed Now. Our knowledgeable staff can help select books specifically for your child. [12], On 10 January 2016, Headline Daily claimed to have obtained an exclusive video in which Lee Bo claimed that he was safe and that his disappearance was merely a personal trip. [6], The first version of the bookstore in Hong Kong was founded in 1994 by Lam Wing-kee. Next to the entrance door there were messages written on the wall by sympathetic citizens. He added that the disappearances "immediately raise dire questions about the Chinese government's commitment to freedom to publish". 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Many mainland Chinese people that came to Hong Kong as tourists made a special trip to the bookstore to purchase books on p… [123] On 28 February, the three men appeared on Phoenix Television along with Gui Minhai in which they confessed to conspiring with Gui to send banned books to mainland customers and expressed remorse for their "illegal book trading"; Lam, further claiming Gui's books were fabrication, having been compiled from information obtained from the internet and magazines, acknowledged that the books "generated lots of rumours in society and brought a bad influence". In 2015, major figures associated to the first bookstore disappeared, with some later confirmed to have been abducted by the Chinese government. Swedish authorities denied authorising the negotiations. [12] The bookstore sold a number of political books that are considered sensitive and banned in mainland China. Causeway Bay Books (銅鑼灣書店), located in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, was founded in 1994 by Lam Wing-kee. [128][129] Lam was not told what offence he had committed until after he was taken to Ningbo, where he was held in solitary confinement and under 24-hour guard by six teams of gaolers from the "Central Investigation Team" (中央專案組) – a Cultural Revolution-era unit whose powers and authority exceed those of the public security bureaus (PSB), reporting to central leadership. In late 2015, five people associated with the store disappeared, sparking international concern. A large yellow sign was filled with the scribbled notes of well-wishers. [43] Choi, Lee Bo's wife, later received a telephone call from him from a Shenzhen number. [33][34] However, legislator James To said this was a reasonable request that was exempt from privacy policy. [59] The allegations of prostitution, criticised by pro-democracy figures as character assassination, were carried by TVB on its prime time evening news as the leading item. [34] Police followed up on his case once, asking whether they had heard from him. Televised confessions don't tend to trade in logic, or truth. A three-storey bookstore in Hysan Place, selling both Chinese and English books, as well as a large collection of stationery and accessories. Founded in 1989, Eslite Bookstore began as an individual bookstore specializing in arts and humanities titles. The officer said Lam was on bail, and was allowed to return to Hong Kong to attend to personal matters. We urge the Chinese and Hong Kong SAR governments to reassure the people of Hong Kong that law enforcement in the Hong Kong SAR is exclusively the responsibility of the Hong Kong SAR authorities, and that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents will continue to be fully protected, and respected by all, in accordance with the Joint Declaration and Basic Law. "[137], He moved to Taiwan in April 2019. It feels illogical, absurd even. [27][99], The Swedish foreign ministry said an envoy had visited Gui in February,[107] but Swedish diplomats had not been given access to him since. Today, with the unending quest for cultivating humanities, arts, creativity, and lifestyle, Eslite has become a cultural hub offering a wide collection of books, exhibitions, events, performing arts, and fine dining experiences. 3,650 people follow this. Mr Lam's crowdfunding campaign to "reopen" the Causeway Bay bookstore - the name of his former shop in Hong Kong - raised more than 3m Taiwanese dollars … [62], Martin Lee said that "according to all the evidence that has been reported, I believe that Mr. Lee had been taken against his will by certain law enforcement agents from across the border through illegal means". His family allege that upon learning that he had contacted his family, the officer who called them informed that the case would be closed as resolved. SRP: HK$1,0... See More. [15], Around the time of the disappearances, Gui Minhai was rumoured to have been working on a book regarding current CPC general secretary Xi Jinping's personal love history, tentatively named Xi and His Six Women (習近平和他的六個女人). His wife was unwilling to speak to the press at the time, but filed a missing person's report with the Hong Kong police the following day. [70] Richard Charkin, president of the International Publishers Association expressed "deep concern" for the missing men and called for their safe return home. [40] President Tsai Ing-wen sent flowers and a congratulatory note on the day of the Taipei bookshop's opening,[41] and Legislative Yuan speaker You Si-kun and Democratic Progressive Party secretary-general Luo Wen-jia were in attendance. Walking on the streets in Causeway Bay, I was inevitably astonished at the ever bustling markets and flourishing shopping malls. “The reopening proves Taiwan is a place with freedom and democracy and we still have the right to read books… [124], Phoenix TV, citing police sources, said the three men showed "good attitude" by confessing and might be allowed to return to Hong Kong within the week while they await trial. This bookstore is located on the 8th floor at Hysan Place and it is split into 3 floors. 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