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Shinzo Abe tells Xi Jinping: Hong Kong should remain 'free and open'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:05 PM

A Japanese spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is 'very much concerned' about Hong Kong

CALL FOR RIGHTS. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019.  Martin Bureau/AFP

'We fear Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city': An interview with Martin Lee

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'We’re proving that Beijing’s power is not invincible or inevitable. We’re demonstrating that failure is not falling down but refusing to stand up,' says Martin Lee, affectionately known as the 'grandfather of Hong Kong democracy'

'GRANDFATHER OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY'. Barrister and former lawmaker Martin Lee speaks following a silent march against what lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, while demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The prison terms are the latest hammer blow to Hong Kong's beleaguered democracy movement

L-R) Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, sociology professor Chan Kin-man, law professor Benny Tai, Raphael Wong, Lee Wing Tat, Shiu Ka Chuen and other pro-democracy campaigners enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019, to find out if they face jail for their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. They are among nine activists facing rarely used colonial-era public nuisance charges for their participation in the 2014 protests calling for free elections for the city's leader. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) Concern is growing that rights including freedom of expression and the press are being eroded by an increasingly assertive China ruled by President Xi Jinping

PROTEST. Pro-independence activists Wayne Chan (L) and former lawmaker Baggio Leung (C) chant slogans during the annual New Year's Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on January 1, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist banned from vote

Jan 27, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Agnes Chow, 21, a former leader of the mass Umbrella Movement protests of 2014, had her nomination rejected because she supports self-determination for the semi-autonomous city

BANNED. Pro-democracy Demosisto party member Agnes Chow speaks to passing pedestrians in Hong Kong on June 4, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

Hong Kong activists fear more jailings after Wong imprisoned

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Nine more democracy campaigners – including the 3 Occupy Central founders who first called for residents to protest on the streets in 2014 – are due to appear in court in September over their part in the Umbrella Movement

JOSHUA WONG IN JAIL. Grace Wong (R) leaves the reception area after signing in at Pik Uk Correctional Facility in Hong Kong on August 18, 2017, where her son Joshua Wong (not pictured), a leader of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', is being held after his sentencing at the High Court on August 17. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/ AFP

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The cancer cells are those who are promoting Hong Kong independence we will fight them to the end lawmaker Michael Tien tells the cheering crowd

Pro-Beijing demonstrators shout slogans and wave flags outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council on November 13, 2016, during a rally in support of an interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), over the oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month.  Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong on November 13 in support of China's decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city's freedoms being under threat. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

Hong Kong police use pepper spray at anti-China protest

Nov 06, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Hong Kong has its own legal system it should not be controlled by Chinese authorities argues a protester

Police use pepper spray to stop protesters charging outside the Chinese Liason Office in Hong Kong on November 6, 2016, during a protest against an expected interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) over the invalid oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month. Thousands took to Hong Kong's streets on November 6 after Beijing said it would step into an escalating row over whether two city lawmakers who advocate a split from China should be banned from taking up their seats. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

Protest over election ban on Hong Kong pro-independence activists

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:11 PM

Support for the independence movement grows after 5 candidates were barred from running in the September polls

epa05504473 Avery Ng Man-yuen (C) of the League of Social Democrats marches during a rally against legislative elections screening of the candidates in Hong Kong, China, 21 August 2016. Several hundreds protesters, including some disqualified candidates for next month's the Legislative Council election, took to the streets to voice their opposition to the screening of candidates. A new election measure implemented by the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) required candidates to sign a new form saying that Hong Kong is an "inalienable" part of China as a way to bar pro-independence candidates. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Hong Kong leader warns calls for independence threaten economy

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Investors would lose confidence in Hong Kong People would lose opportunities to develop and to obtain employment says Leung Chun ying

epa05087320 Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying speaks during a media briefing in Hong Kong, China, 04 January 2016. Leung said that he and his government are extremely concerned about the missing Causeway Bay bookseller, Lee Bo, who disappeared last week. Leung acknowledged that there have been rumours that Lee, a shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, has been abducted by mainland security agents. The bookstore in Causeway Bay district sells books about gossip on mainland politics, power struggles and scandals involving officials. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Hong Kong protesters air grievances on New Year's Day

Jan 01, 2016 - 6:34 PM

They demand the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun ying saying future generations deserve a better Hong Kong

Final curtain for last outpost of Hong Kong protest camps

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:58 PM

Pro democracy protesters who have camped out at the legislature for months are preparing to go home

With days to go before lawmakers vote on the political reform package that has split Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters who have camped out at the legislature for months are preparing to go home. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFPREY

China warns Britain over MPs report on 'eroded' HK freedoms

Mar 07, 2015 - 1:21 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry calls Hong Kong s return to China under a one country two systems deal had been a great success

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders arrested

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Occupy Central founder Benny Tai and 2 protest leaders are later released after 3 hours without charge Some call the ongoing police probe into mass protests as harrassment

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong on October 26, 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

HK protest leader accuses gov't of harassment with arrests

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:43 PM

Several protest leaders have been summoned in recent days over offences relating to the mass protests that shut down parts of the city late 2014 only to be released in what lawyers have condemned as a potential abuse of process

TENSIONS. In this file photo, government officials (center R) cut down a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 15, 2014. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Pope trust rating, morality survey, Charlie Hebdo | The wRap

Jan 14, 2015 - 7:47 PM

7 out of 10 Filipinos trust Pope Francis Abortion and affairs are top moral no nos for Filipinos A new Charlie Hebdo cartoon comes out

Hong Kong protesters mark Christmas Eve with democracy march

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Protesters holding metres long banners that read We want true universal suffrage walked to the city s government headquarters to signal that the democracy movement was far from over

Protesters carry a long banner and yellow umbrellas - the recent symbol of Hong Kong's democracy movement - during a march to mark Christmas Eve on December 24, 2014. The city's democracy campaigners took to the streets in the first large rally after pro-democracy protest camps, which occupied major streets for over two months, were swept away. AFP PHOTO/ AARON TAM

Timeline of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Here is a timeline of key dates in Hong Kong s pro democracy movement

DISPERSAL TIME. This general view shows the remaining tents and pro-democracy protesters at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 11, 2014. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong police dismantle protest site

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:24 AM

UPDATED Hundreds of police move in from all sides of the Admiralty camp in the heart of the business district as a few hundred remain in the center despite being ordered to leave or face arrest

DISPERSAL TIME. This general view shows the remaining tents and pro-democracy protesters at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 11, 2014. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

HK protesters say 'we'll be back' as police swoop looms

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:23 PM

Police will clear the Admiralty camp on Thursday December 11 opening traffic once more on a multi lane highway through the heart of the business district

STREET VIGIL. A pro-democracy student sits in his tent at the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong camp as people walk past in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China, December 9, 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

Police prepare to clear Hong Kong protest sites

Dec 09, 2014 - 11:26 AM

A High Court ruling published Tuesday morning calls for the clearance of three sections of the main Admiralty protest site in the heart of Hong Kong s business district

OUT SOON? A pro-democracy student sits outside his tent at the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong camp in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China, 03 December 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

Hong Kong protest leader: Block government, not roads

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Benny Tai says the movement has now run its course and warns that protesters now risk further violent clashes with police if they stay in their camps

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders turn themselves in to police

Dec 03, 2014 - 3:22 PM

2ND UPDATE But student protesters who have launched a hunger strike vow they will continue suffering pain for justice

Pro-democracy activists Benny Tai (C) holds hands with Chan Kin-man (L) and Chu Yiu-ming (R) at the end of a press conference in Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hong Kong protest founders to 'surrender', urge students to retreat

Dec 02, 2014 - 3:31 PM

UPDATED As we prepare to surrender we three urge the students to retreat – to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

British MPs have 'every right' to visit Hong Kong

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:35 AM

The British parliament will now hold an emergency debate on the incident on Tuesday December 2 further marring efforts to reset relations between Britain and China

FORCE. Pro-democracy protesters lift barricade reinforcements up onto an escalator near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 1, 2014. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong students on hunger strike want government to talk

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Joshua Wong: We are hoping that after the hunger strike we have a chance to speak with government officials openly

Pro-democracy leaders (L-R) Benny Tai, Joshua Wong and Alan Leong arrive at a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

China defends block on British MPs' Hong Kong trip

Dec 01, 2014 - 6:45 PM

China s foreign ministry says the situation in the city falls within China s domestic affairs and insists foreign countries had no right to interfere

Police move in to clear pro-democracy protesters from Lung Wo Road, next to the Hong Kong Chief Executive's Office, part of the Central Government Office complex that the protesters are trying to surround, in Hong Kong, China, 1 December 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong leader says protests 'in vain' after violent clashes

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:46 PM

CY Leung: Now the public demand for police clearance is increasing From now on police will enforce the law without hesitation

In this file photo, Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong students face pepper spray, police batons

Dec 01, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Police say they have no other choice as students storm government HQ; Demonstrators now fear that police will try to clear Admiralty where hundreds of tents block a multi lane highway through the heart of the financial district

VIOLENCE. Police use batons against pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 1, 2014. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Tensions soar after clashes in Hong Kong

Nov 30, 2014 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED Tearful protesters are forced from the government site and roads are cleared for traffic but government offices remain closed with the de facto parliament suspended

Demonstrators attend a pro-democracy rally in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on November 30, 2014. Protesters want free elections in 2017 for Hong Kong's leader, whom Beijing says must be vetted through a loyalist committee. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Japan novelist Murakami backs Hong Kong protesters

Nov 08, 2014 - 11:13 PM

Murakami accepts the Welt Literaturpreis and soeaks in support of Hong Kong s pro democracy protesters while in Germany

MURAKAMI. In this file photo, Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is seen shortly before addressing a press conference in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 08 June 2011. Jordi Bedmar/Pool/EPA

Hong Kong police partly tear down democracy protest site

Oct 17, 2014 - 11:02 AM

The dawn raid sees no resistance from demonstrators and comes as the city s Chief Executive Leung Chun ying renewed his offer for talks with student protesters a week after pulling out

PROTEST. PROTEST. Pro-democracy protesters sit on a fence during a rally of the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Admiralty District of Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

China still faces uphill struggle in HK democracy fight

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Unless Beijing does more to address this anger analysts warn the city risks becoming ungovernable with continued street protests and outraged pro democracy lawmakers promising to be a permanent thorn in the government s side

A man rides in an escalator as he passes by Hong Kong (C) and Chinese flags displayed at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) headquarters in Hong Kong, 29 September 2003. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Hong Kong pro-democracy group admits likely defeat

Sep 02, 2014 - 7:19 PM

Occupy Central co founder Chan Kin Man : We have to admit the fact that up to this point it is quite unrealistic to think that our action will change the decision made by Beijing

DEMOCRACY? Pan-Democratic lawmakers protest against the decision by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) of the People's Republic of China at a briefing session on constitutional development in Hong Kong, which was jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, Hong Kong, China, 01 September 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

China slams 'illegal' Hong Kong democracy poll

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:30 PM

Beijing s statement comes on the eve of a mass rally in Hong Kong marking the July 1 anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty

File photo of the Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong democracy poll closes with nearly 800,000 votes

Jun 30, 2014 - 1:16 AM

The vote on electoral reform held days before an expected major protest seeking greater democracy for Hong Kong has angered Beijing

File photo of the Hong Kong skyline

Activists predict biggest Hong Kong protest in 10 years

Jun 25, 2014 - 3:37 PM

The predictions for the largest July 1 protest for more than 10 years comes after 740 000 people voted in an unofficial poll organized by pro democracy activists

VOTING FOR DEMOCRACY. A volunteer (C) hands a voter's ID card at a polling station in Hong Kong on June 22, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Rappler Newscast | January 1, 2014

Jan 01, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Nearly 600 injured by firecrackers during new year celebrations Explosions hit Basilan and Cotabato Thousands march in HK to demand full democracy

Thousands rally for Hong Kong democracy

Jan 01, 2014 - 4:51 PM

People rallied in Hong Kong to call for universal suffrage as the city grapples with how its future leaders will be chosen under a long awaited political reform