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Hong Kong Loses Freedom

Did Hong Kong just lose some of its freedom? Hong Kong is a city half in China and half outside of China. It used to belong to Britain. It was handed back to China in 1997, but the area was meant to be unchanged for 50 years. The area has special rules that make it freer than the rest of China – but new laws might change that.
Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a law that punishes people who could be a security threat. It seems to be aimed at punishing protesters.
Last year, Hong Kong had protests as people tried to keep the area’s freedom and special independence against the Chinese government. China has been slowly gaining more power over this region. The newest law by the president took more power for China.

Frederick Douglass Statue Torn Down

Protesters have been tearing down statues across America. They have been damaging sculptures of slave-owners or people who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. They say the statues promote racism and slavery. Not all the damaged statues have anything to do with the Confederacy. For example, a statue of the anti-slavery President Abraham Lincoln was vandalized.
A statue of Frederick Douglass was toppled. Douglass was a former slave. Douglass escaped slavery in Maryland in 1838. He made his way to New York, where he worked to end slavery.
Vandals took down the statue. It was at this spot, 168 years ago, that Douglass gave his famous speech on July 5 – the same date his statue was taken down. In 1852, he made the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” which talked about Independence Day being silly for slaves, who were not free.
Douglass’ statue stood at Kelsey’s Landing. This is the spot where he, Harriet Tubman, and others helped escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad.

Kanye West for President?

The next election is coming up in November. Most people expect President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden to compete. Could someone else join them?
Rapper Kanye West said that he is going to run for president.
West’s said he wants to stop police acting cruelly. He also wants to change schools to put “fear and love of God” in education. He opposes forcing people to have a vaccine injection for the Coronavirus.
West will have a hard road ahead of him if he chooses to run in the 2020 election. President Donald Trump is already the Republican nominee and Joe Biden is expected to run for the Democratic Party. West will have to run as an Independent or with another party. In some states, it is too late for him to be put onto the ballot. With only four months to go before election day, it will be a challenge.

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