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Canada halts Hong Kong consulate staff travel after U.K. case

The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong said Friday that local staff would not be allowed to leave the city on official business, following the detention of a British Consulate worker in mainland China.It didn't say whether the travel restriction was related to the detention of Simon Cheng Man-kit, who went missing two weeks ago after he went on a business trip from Hong Kong's high-speed rail terminal to Shenzhen, a mainland city just across the border from the semiautonomous territory."At present, locally engaged staff will not undertake official business travel outside of Hong Kong," the Canadian Consulate said in a statement.The Chinese government's announcement this week that Cheng had been detained has stoked tensions in Hong Kong, which has been gripped by more than two months of anti-government protests sparked by outrage over proposed legislation that would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to the mainland for trial.Simon Cheng (second from left), a staffer at the British Consulate in Hong Kong, has been given 15 days of "administrative detention" in China for "soliciting prostitutes." (Wilson Li/The Associated Press)The head of the cabin crew union for Cathay Dragon, a Hong Kong-based regional airline, said Friday that she had been fired in retaliation for supporting the protests.Rebecca Sy said the carrier dismissed her without giving a reason, but that the firing came after she was pulled from a flight at short notice and asked by an airline representative to confirm that a screenshot from Facebook was from her account.The union said in a statement the firing is a "blatant suppression and retali ...Read more

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