The past 12 months has seen a lot of bad news and events happen, both around the world and in Hong Kong. Between worrying about North Korea, Russia’s meddling in the US elections, and all the times that local politics made the news for all the wrong reasons, it’s hard to think positively about 2018. But, that’s not to say it was all doom and gloom – here is a look back at three happier news stories.
Former domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih sued her employers for abusing her when she worked for them – and she won. That alone would be a happy news story, but it was made even better because her former employers tried to get the case against them thrown out, and tried to get out of paying Erwiana the money the court said they had to pay up. Erwiana managed to win again.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor entered office as Hong Kong’s chief executive this year. During her first policy address, Lam promised to put more young people into government committees, and to put more money into education and Stem jobs.
Civic Square, a courtyard of the Central Government Buildings in Central, was occupied both during the protest against national education in 2012, and the Umbrella Movement in 2014. The local government decided to close it off from the public after the 2014 occupation, and it remained closed off for three years. In 2017, it reopened again, with “limited access” and special days set aside for protesting.
The day Civic Square reopened, several pan-democratic leaders entered and staged a small protest for a “genuine opening” without restrictions.