For those who may not know, there have been wild protests in Hong Kong for the last two months. The former British colony was given back to China in 1997, but has functioned as a semi-autonomous state ever since. Earlier this year, Hong Kong was poised to pass a controversial extradition bill that would allow a person arrested in Hong Kong to face trial elsewhere, including in mainland China. This was the main reason for the protests, which have now grown so large that the government has gotten involved. Airports have been shut down, entire districts have been overrun with protestors, and the people of Hong Kong were able to stop the bill from being passed, for now. Still, the bill is only suspended so the protests continue. The Hong Kong government has been attempting to regain control by using false news and unethical journalism to mask the issues at hand.
Liu Yifei, the actress set to star in Disney's Mulan live-action remake, recently showed support for the Hong Kong police. “I support the Hong Kong police,” Liu posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform in China. “You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.” As reported by CNN, the hashtag #BoycottMulan was instantly born. It started on Lihkg, a -like online discussion forum in Hong Kong, but it spread quickly around the globe, including to Twitter, which is banned in China. This will undoubtedly affect Mulan's box office receipts in China.
REPORT: “Chinese MDMA” Linked To Over 125 Deaths, UN Issues International Warning
A synthetic drug from China has been outlawed in Malta after being linked to over 125 deaths. It’s described as a substance “three times stronger” than MDMA, but looks and smells the same — which makes it especially dangerous.
In addition, the United Nations (UN) has called for a worldwide ban on N-ethylnorpentylone.
The drug reportedly caused these fatalities between 2016 and 2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the deaths occurred in Britain, and also New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.
Drug safety non-profit The Loop reportedly found N-ethylnorpentylone in one in 20 samples of drugs sold as ecstasy/MDMA this summer. The organization says signs of the drug include “anxious stimulation and paranoia” or in worst cases “temporary psychosis.” Insomnia effects could last up to 72 hours and anyone suspicious of ingestion should seek medical attention.
The Loop’s founder, Fiona Measham has provided a statement:
The real problem is that the effects are not that dissimilar at the start to what a user might expect from MDMA but it takes longer. What people might think is that they have a weak sample of MDMA so they take more and inadvertently re-dose or overdose.
It can keep them awake for two to four days. They become increasingly stressed and anxious. The concern is that young people don’t realise it’s the drugs and think it could be them or think they are losing a grip of their faculties. We have seen people who have full blown psychotic episodes.
Learn more information about drug safety The Loop.
We tested a gram of n-ethyl pentylone @Parklifefest yesterday – looks & smells same as MDMA crystal. Relieved this user didn’t take it. Take care & seek medical attention if unwell. #JustSayKnow #TimeToTest pic.twitter.com/mWVkPHvhPQ
— The Loop (@WeAreTheLoopUK) June 10, 2018