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South China Morning Post, June 5, 2015

Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil Thursday night in Hong Kong's Victoria Park to mark the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the student-led demonstrations in which hundreds — thousands, according to some estimates — are believed to have died.

The Hong Kong-based, English-language newspaper South China Morning Post is one of the rare Chinese publications to make a mention of the gathering, running a picture on its front page. The Tiananmen massacre is still widely subjected to censorship from the Chinese government. According to the BBC, several activists in mainland China have been put under house arrest to prevent them from participating in the commemoration.

The special administrative region is actually the only location on Chinese soil to hold a significant commemoration. This year's gathering took special meaning after last year's "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The South China Morning Post is an English-language newspaper with a circulation of 104,000, published by the SCMP Group. It was founded in 1903 and is based Hong Kong.

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Face In The Mirror: Dutch Hairdressers Trained To Recognize Domestic Violence

Early detection and accessible help are essential in the fight against domestic violence. Hairdressers in the Dutch province of North Brabant are now being trained to identify when their customers are facing abuse at home.

Hair Salon Rob Peetoom in Rotterdam

Daphne van Paassen

TILBURG — The three hairdressers in the bare training room of the hairdressing company John Beerens Hair Studio are absolutely sure: they have never seen signs of domestic violence among their customers in this city in the Netherlands. "Or is that naïve?"

When, a moment later, statistics appear on the screen — one in 20 adults deals with domestic violence, as well as one or two children per class — they realize: this happens so often, they must have victims in their chairs.

All three have been in the business for years and have a loyal clientele. Sometimes they have customers crying in the chair because of a divorce. According to Irma Geraerts, 45, who has her own salon in Reusel, a village in the North Brabant region, they're part-time psychologists. "A therapist whose hair I cut explained to me that we have an advantage because we touch people. We are literally close. The fact that we stand behind people and make eye contact via the mirror also helps."

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