Here’s what’s making news in Hong Kong today – it’s a quiet news day in the days following Christmas.
Seven groups gain permission to take part in New Years protest
Yesterday, the government reported that it had informed seven groups that wished to hold New Years protests that it would not oppose their protests. Three of the protests call for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down. The People Power Party has even declared that its protest will stay at the doors of the Chief Executive’s residence for an extended period and might even surround the residence. Two other protests will support the government. The pro-government and anti-government protesters may come into contact outside of the government headquarters.
Quality Migrant Scheme applications at a six-year high
According to the Immigration Department, in the first 11 months of 2012, 1,834 applications were made for the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, almost 10 percent more than full-year number for 2011 and the most since the scheme was established six years ago. Mainland applicants made up 70 percent of the applicants. Former national figure skater Qi Jia was among them. She will be teaching figure skating to young people in Hong Kong.
Police arrested 56 triad members on Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, the police arrested 56 triad members who were meeting in two upstairs bars in Tsim Sha Tsui. An inside source had previously provided information about the meetings to the police. Among the arrested were several key triad members and some students. The police also took control of a weapons stash and a vehicle containing drugs. The triad members were suspected of planning to use the weapons and drugs to promote an expansion of their activities into Sha Tin and Ma On Shan.