Minitrue: Mainland Tourists “Detained” on HK Runway
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
All major websites please prominently display the article “Over 70 Mainland Tourists Detained at Hong Kong Airport With No Food or Drink for 16 Hours” in the headline section of both homepages [that of the portal itself and of the news center]. (June 21, 2014)
More than 200 passengers on Hong Kong Airlines flight 234 were delayed from departing the Hong Kong airport last Friday evening due to weather warnings in their destination city of Shanghai. While most passengers agreed to deplane until given the green-light for takeoff, about 70 who were unhappy with the airline’s compensation package refused, remaining on the plane for 18 hours in protest until the airline substantially raised its offer. While coverage from the state-run People’s Daily newspaper emphasized that the flight crew de-boarded, turned off the air-conditioning, and left the protesters with no food or water [Chinese], Hong Kong’s The Standard reports that drinks were served and the air-conditioning remained on until all passengers left the plane. Following the “sit-in” and protesting passengers’ allegations of mistreatment, The Standard reports that Hong Kong Airlines attendants are planning a “language-strike” for July 1st. In the city of Hong Kong and amid enhanced tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing, annual pro-democracy protests will also be occurring on July 1st.
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