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Sound bites: Almost 2 million people showed up for protests in Hong Kong • the world is watching Sudan • weed edibles will be for sale in Canada by October • LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be playing together next NBA season.
 

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TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Massive protests have been taking place on the streets of Hong Kong. Yesterday, the crowd apparently reached 2 million.

What’s going on?
Protests started last week when Hong Kong proposed a controversial new law that would allow mainland China to extradite (transfer) people from Hong Kong to be put on trial in China. Protesters argue the bill goes against the two-systems, one-country policy – which basically says that Hong Kong can operate under its own political, social, and legal system.

What’s so bad about the bill?
After Hong Kong was handed back to China by the British in 1997, China agreed that Hong Kong would be allowed to operate in a semi self-controlled way. Still, China has applied pressure in many ways, like making sure Hong Kong’s leader is chosen by a panel of China's allies. Hong Kong residents fear that if the bill is passed into law, it will leave people vulnerable to arrests by Chinese police for political reasons or obscure business crimes. FYI, the Chinese justice system has been accused of human rights abuses.

What were yesterday’s protests about?
On Saturday, Hong Kong’s government gave in and said it would suspend the bill. Yesterday, Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, apologized for proposing the bill in the first place, and for causing so much grief. But it was too little too late. Protesters yesterday called for Lam’s resignation and said they don’t want the bill suspended, they want it scrapped completely. Smaller protests took place in cities around the world, including in Toronto, where hundreds participated in a sit-in.


WATCHING CLOSELY

Sudan’s former President, Omar al-Bashir, made his first public appearance since he was overthrown in April by the military. The 75-year-old leader ruled over Sudan for nearly 30 years. Yesterday, he was driven to court in the capital of Khartoum to face corruption charges.
 
Tell me more.
Al-Bashir’s topple came after months of mass protests, which started in December because of fuel prices and food shortages but quickly turned into a revolt against the former prez. He doesn’t have a good reputation at home or among the international community. He is accused of organizing war crimes and is the subject of an arrest warrant for his role in the Darfur genocide. After al-Bashir was forced out, the military said it would take over for two years as Sudan transitioned. But protestors said thanks, but no thanks. They want a leader who has no ties to the previous government.
 
What’s going on now?
The world is watching Sudan closely as the military and protesters face-off. During a peaceful protest in Khartoum on June 6th, over 118 protestors were killed by the military, 40 bodies were found in the Nile River, 700 people were injured, and hospitals reported “more than 70 cases of rape.” There were also reports of beatings and secret detention centres. In support of protesters and victims, you may have noticed that some of your friends changed their IG profiles blue, for #BlueForSudan. Celebrities like Rihanna, George Clooney, and Hasan Minhaj have also used their popular platforms to spread the news. Want to help? You can donate to this GoFundMe and Save The Children.


MUNCHIES

Weed edibles, extracts, and topicals will be legal in Canada by Oct. 17, a year to the day that Canada legalized cannabis. But don’t expect to have the products in your hands in October – it will take about two months for Health Canada to approve brands that want a cannabis edible license. The rules are tight. Edibles can only contain 10mg of THC per package, you can’t make infused alcoholic beverages, and you definitely can’t make packaging or products look appealing to kids (i.e. fun gummies). It’s a cautious approach focused on harm reduction.


TAKE TWO

While the Toronto Raptors celebrated becoming NBA champs, LeBron James and his LA Lakers made a massive deal with the New Orleans Pelicans to trade three players and draft picks for all-star Anthony Davis. This is a big deal because James missed the playoffs this season for the first time in 13 years, and Davis, in the middle of the season, made a big huff about wanting to leave the Pelicans. James – possibly the greatest player of all time, and Davis – a 6x NBA All-Star, will make up one of the most powerful duos in the NBA and will be ready to challenge the Raptors for next year’s title.



GOOD NEWS

Yogurt company Chobani is paying off $85,000 in lunch debt for schools in Idaho. In the Twin Falls School District, students often can’t afford to pay for breakfast or lunch, but spokeswoman Eva Craner said, “if a student gets in the lunch line and wants lunch, they’ll be fed.” As a result, the district has accumulated over $100,000 in debt - $85,000 of which will be taken care of by Chobani. And this is not the first time the company has done a good deed. Earlier this year, Chobani paid off $47,650 in debt for low-income students in Warwick, Rhode Island.


WATCH LISTEN READ

• Toronto is closed today. The NBA Championship trophy is coming north of the border for the first time ever. The Toronto Raptors will make their way through the city in a daytime parade that will start at 10 am and bring together tens of thousands of fans. See you there!

• It took Drake about 23 seconds to capitalize on the Raptors’ win. Here are the two new songs he dropped on Friday.

• The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a new photo of Archie.

• Ciara dropped the music video for SET. Watch it for the choreography.

• Common teamed up with Daniel Caesar on HER Love.

• One guy rates 10 girls on their looks and personality. Find out what happens.


So, you camped out early for the Raptors parade. Share Pressed with the friend sitting beside you.



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