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Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests – leader

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Carrie Lam tells reporters that while she believes the city's authorities can cope with the unprecedented troubles, China could be called upon if the situation becomes 'so bad'

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman (L) holds her mobile phone as a group of masked protesters run past while vandalising the Diamond Hill station in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 7, 2019.Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

First Hong Kongers appear in court for defying mask ban

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The face mask ban does little to halt the chaos or stop huge crowds of masked protesters from hitting the streets in defiance as opponents decried the move as a slide towards authoritarianism.

PROTESTS. Protesters shout slogans as they gather outside the Eastern District Courts in Hong Kong on October 7, 2019, where the first protesters arrested for wearing face masks appeared in court. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Police fire tear gas as large crowds defy Hong Kong mask ban

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) Pro-democracy lawmakers fail to get an emergency injunction against the mask ban from Hong Kong's High Court

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman holds a mask with slogans written on as protesters gather outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on October 5, 2019, a day after the city's leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

The colonial-era law that gives Hong Kong leader sweeping powers

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It is the first time in 52 years that these emergency powers have been invoked and the only time since the city was returned to China by Britain in 1997

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Malaysian PM says Hong Kong leader should quit

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'She has to obey the masters, at the same time she has to ask her conscience,' Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells a press conference

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives a speech as he takes part in a plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum at far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 5, 2019. Photo by Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Host Photo Agency/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to ban face masks

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) As soon as the ban is announced, widespread protests break out across Hong Kong. Large crowds of mostly office workers block roads in the heart of the commercial district.

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Shot HK protester charged by police, as gov't moves to 'ban face masks'

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Tsang Chi-kin, 18, has been charged with rioting and two counts of assaulting officers. The school student faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

FACE MASKS. This photo taken on August 31 shows protester 'Ryan' (left) having his mask adjusted by a friend outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Hong Kong leader endures barrage of anger at town hall meeting

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam faces more than two hours of grilling at a public 'dialogue session,' the first time her pro-Beijing administration has sat down with its critics in 16 consecutive weeks of unrest

FIRST TIME. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (centre R) listens to a question as she takes part in a town hall meeting at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong on September 26, 2019, with some 150 people picked via lottery after more than 20,000 people applied to attend the event. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong leader tells U.S. not to 'interfere' after fresh protests

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Chief Executive Carrie Lam says any change to its economic relationship with Washington would threaten 'mutual benefits'

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on September 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Riot police deployment thwarts Hong Kong airport protest

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:08 AM

A large deployment of police at key bus, ferry and rail links across the city appears to deter protesters from arriving en masse

FIERCE STAND. A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong protesters reject leader's concession with new rallies

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Online messaging forums used by the largely leaderless movement have called for protesters to 'stress test' the airport on Saturday afternoon, September 7

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Protesters gather outside Prince Edward MTR station in Hong Kong on September 6, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader calls for dialogue after protesters reject concession

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Carrie Lam says her decision to withdraw the extradition bill is an attempt 'to help prevent violence and stop chaos as soon as possible'

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (L) speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on September 5, 2019, a day after she announced the withdrawal of a loathed extradition bill. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong: A timeline of mounting protest

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here's a summary of the still simmering Hong Kong protest movement

SIMMERING.Students attend a school boycott rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 2, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader scraps loathed extradition law

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,' chief executive Carrie Lam says in a video statement on September 4

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses while answering a question during a press conference after her first policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on October 11, 2017. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam is speaking after Reuters news agency released an audio recording of her telling business leaders last week that she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest

NOT STEPPING DOWN. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (R) speaks to the media during her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on September 3, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Beijing says it 'firmly' supports Hong Kong leader

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

China's government expresses support for Carrie Lam after Reuters news agency releases a recording of her telling business leaders last week she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. File Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages 'return to calm'

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:48 PM

'I wholeheartedly hope that this is the beginning of society returning to calm and staying away from violence,' Carrie Lam says

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam smiles as she arrives before speaking at the Caixin Summit in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

'When will you die?' Hong Kong leader grilled at press conference

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'When will you accept political responsibility to end citizens' fear?... When will you be willing to step down? When will you tell the police to stop?,' a reporter from Hong Kong's RTHK asks

LAM UNDER FIRE. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's leader warns city faces 'path of no return'

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warns of the dangerous consequences facing the city if escalating violence at the rallies is not curbed

THE ABYSS. This screen grab taken from AFPTV video footage on August 13, 2019 shows Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaking during a press conference in Hong Kong concerning the continued protests that have gripped the southern Chinese territory. Str/ AFPTV/AFP

'No chance of retreating': Hong Kong protesters return to streets

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Activists calling for greater democratic freedoms in the city show no sign of standing down, despite Hong Kong's leader insisting she will not meet their demands

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Taiwanese students set up a human sign that reads 'Free Hong Kong' during a demonstration to support Hong Kong's anti extradition bill, in Taipei on August 11, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong protesters defy police with 'hit-and-run' rallies

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:11 PM

The rallies come after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she would grant no concessions to demonstrators

PROTESTS CONTINUE. This file photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows a protester throwing a brick back at the police after they fired tear gas in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong leader rules out concessions, warns of economic downturn

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:23 PM

'Compared to the economic downturn caused by SARS that we handled previously, even to the (2008) economic crisis, the situation this time is more severe,' says Carrie Lam

ECONOMY. In this file photo, Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Clashes, travel chaos in Hong Kong as leader warns city on brink

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) In a rare public appearance since the crisis began, chief executive Carrie Lam warns protesters she will not cave to their demands

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pro-democracy push causes transport chaos in Hong Kong

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The strike is aimed at showing Beijing there is still broad public support for a protest movement that keeps hitting the streets but has won few concessions

SMALL COMFORT. A man comforts his late term pregnant wife near the platform of a MTR underground train after protesters blocked the train doors at Fortress Hill station in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019 in their efforts to disrupt the morning rush hour commute. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Clashes in Hong Kong after police charge protesters with rioting

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Hundreds are protesting after police announced that 44 people arrested in clashes on Sunday, July 28, have been charged with rioting

CLASHES. A police officer (C) points a firearm during clashes with protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station, in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting, in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China says Hong Kong protests 'absolutely intolerable'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Actions by some radical demonstrators have affected the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and that is absolutely intolerable,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says in Beijing

HONG KONG'S TROUBLES. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks to the media during a press conference in Hong Kong on July 22, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong denounces anti-gov't protesters, violent supporters in ensuing crisis

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The government condemns both the protesters and the men who attacked people in their name, saying in a statement, 'This is absolutely unacceptable to Hong Kong as a society that observes the rule of law'

HONG KONG PROTESTS. A woman waves UK flags after clashes between protesters and police following a march against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong early on July 22, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader condemns 'rioters' after violent mall clash

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Hong Kong's ongoing political crisis deepens as riot police and protesters fought running battles inside a shopping complex packed with luxury stores on July 14

PROTESTING. A protester gestures as a policeman looks on inside a shopping arcade in Sha Tin of Hong Kong after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Protesters unmoved as Hong Kong leader says China extradition bill 'dead'

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:32 AM

(5th UPDATE) In her most conciliatory remarks since huge protests erupted a month ago, chief executive Carrie Lam admits her administration's attempt to introduce the law was a 'complete failure'

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives for a press conference at the police headquarters in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on July 2 condemned the "extremely violent" storming of the city's parliament, after thousands of protesters ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Masked protesters -- mostly young and many wearing yellow hard hats -- broke into the legislature after hours of clashes with police.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong police vow action over parliament ransacking

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are analyzing DNA samples and fingerprints to identify suspects and are planning raids to arrest them 'in the near future,' according to a report

SCENES AFTER. Police arrive in the Legislative Council main chamber after protesters stormed the government headquarters hours before in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019. Filephoto by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Q and A: One umbrella, one movement against China extradition

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I have been blacklisted by Duterte. I joined some human rights conference in the Philippines and I joined some protests. I found myself on the blacklist,' says Ma Wan-ki, one of the young protesters in Hong Kong

IN PROTEST. In a picture taken on June 16, 2019, bystanders (foreground) watch from a footbridge as protesters march towards the government headquarters in Hong Kong.  File photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

Thousands converge on Hong Kong police HQ in anti-gov't demo

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The latest protest comes after the government refused to meet the demands of demonstrators who have marched in their millions to oppose a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland

Protesters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21, 2019. Hundreds poured into Hong Kong's main government complex early on June 21 to stage a demonstration over the pro-Beijing leadership's snub of demands by protesters who have rocked the city with huge rallies to oppose a proposed law that would have enabled extraditions to the Chinese mainland. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Hong Kong protesters call for fresh demo over unmet demands

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A number of protest groups, including student unions, call for supporters to mobilize on Friday, June 21, asking people to gather at the city's main government complex

MORE PROTESTS? In this photo taken on June 16, 2019, protesters hold up their phones with lights on during a mass rally to protest against a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. Photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

Hong Kong leader offers 'most sincere apology' over law turmoil

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'I personally have to shoulder much of the responsibility. This has led to controversies, disputes and anxieties in society,' Lam says during a press conference

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Beijing says will 'firmly support' Hong Kong leader Lam

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says the protests are 'not in line with the mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong'

MORE PROTESTS. Protesters gather again to rally outside the Legislative Council government offices against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on June 17, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Protesters control key roads after historic Hong Kong rally

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:17 AM

By Monday morning the crowds drop to just a few hundred largely young protesters occupying a major highway outside the city's parliament and some nearby streets

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Police arrive to negotiate with protesters to clear a road in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong leader apologizes as record rally chokes city

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Carrie Lam's office admits that shortcomings in how her administration handled the extradition law 'led to a lot of conflict and disputes'

Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. - Hundreds of thousands of protesters choked Hong Kong's streets for a second straight on June 16 in a defiant rebuke of a reviled extradition law, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader despite a weekend climbdown. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

Hong Kong leader halts extradition bill but opponents vow fresh rally

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(6th UPDATE) Jimmy Sham, from the main protest group the Civil Human Rights Front, says they would push ahead with the planned massive rally on Sunday, June 16

EXTRADITION BILL. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference on the controversial extradition bill at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 15, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader from her own allies

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Opposition to the extradition bill unites an unusually wide cross section of Hong Kong against the proposal, sparking huge rallies

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam smiles as she arrives before speaking at the Caixin Summit in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader refuses to scrap extradition bill despite rally

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The decision sets Carrie Lam's administration on a collision course with opponents who have vowed to ramp up their protests if their demands are not met

CARRIE LAM. Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019, a day after the city witnessed its largest street protest in at least 15 years as crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:32 AM

It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link in September

Hong Kong leader refuses to explain journalist visa denial

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Facing questions for the first time since the visa denial emerged last week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the decision has been handed down by immigration authorities

Hong Kongers must stand up for China, says leader Lam

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, making her first policy address since she came to power earlier this year, skirts the subject of political reform as the city's pro-democracy forces contend with an increasingly assertive Beijing

CARRIE LAM ON HONG KONG. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses while answering a question during a press conference after her first policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on October 11, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi draws 'red line' in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED President Xi Jinping says any threat to China s sovereignty and security or to the power of the central government crosses the red line and is absolutely impermissible

RED LINE. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. File photo by Oliver Bunic/AFP

Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Lam came from humble origins growing up in a modest family of 5 children in the crowded district of Wanchai But recent gaffes have fanned criticism that she is out of touch with ordinary people

NEW LEADER. Hong Kong's incoming leader Carrie Lam (R) and her husband Lam Siu-por (front L) arrive to attend a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover

Jun 27, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover comes at a time when many fear the semi autonomous city s freedoms are being lost to an ever more assertive Beijing

In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, a poster commemorating the 20th anniversary since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain is displayed near the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (3rd R) and China (2nd R) on a waterfront promenade in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong targets activists day after vote

Mar 27, 2017 - 1:37 PM

3rd UPDATE Police have informed several leading campaigners who took part in the Umbrella Movement of 2014 that they would be charged in connection with the rallies

PROTEST SYMBOL. In this file photo, a Hong Kong flag in which petals of the city's emblem, the bauhinia flower, have been replaced by yellow umbrellas is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

China's favorite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership, vows to heal rifts

Mar 26, 2017 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED Carrie Lam: Hong Kong our home is suffering from quite a serious divisiveness and has accumulated a lot of frustrations My priority will be to heal the divide

NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE. In this file photo, Carrie Lam addresses a press conference in Hong Kong on July 15, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Divided Hong Kong gets new leader as China looks on

Mar 26, 2017 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED Carrie Lam is selected as Hong Kong s new leader by a mainly pro China committee in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city s cherished freedoms

POWER CENTER. In this file photo, the flags of China (top) and Hong Kong are seen hoisted outside the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong deputy resigns, tipped for leadership bid

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:18 PM

Hong Kong s number two official Carrie Lam resigns ahead of what is widely expected to be a bid by the tough pro Beijing figure to lead the divided city

In this file photo, Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam addresses a press conference in Hong Kong on July 15, 2014.  Philippe Lopez/AFP