Journalists barred from holding umbrellas

19-12-2014

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videoPresident Xi Jinping and his wife arrive in Macau
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Journalists were barred from holding umbrellas and were given raincoats by the authorities. Photo: RTHK.
A manipulated picture of Xi Jinping holding an umbrella that was placed by Occupy protesters in Admiralty before police cleared the area on December 11. Reuters file photo.
President Xi Jinping has landed in Macau to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty.

However, journalists were barred from holding umbrellas despite the rain as they waited for Mr Xi on the tarmac of Macau's International Airport.

Instead, they were given raincoats by the authorities.

Umbrellas have become a symbol for the pro-democracy Occupy movement in Hong Kong.

But the vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Shirley Yam, said the professionalism of reporters should not be questioned.

After his arrival, Mr Xi said he was glad to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macau's handover with the public tomorrow which he said was of great historic significance.

He said Macau would develop down a "good and stable track" so long as it adheres to what he called the "correct guidance" of the One Country, Two Systems' principle and Macau's own Basic Law.


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