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Hong Kong seizes fins from 38,500 endangered sharks

May 07, 2020 - 1:22 PM

The record haul is discovered in two containers from Ecuador, and highlights the continued demand for shark fin, which is served at wedding banquets in many Chinese communities

This handout photo taken on May 6, 2020 and received on May 7 from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department shows seized sharks fins displayed at a customs facility in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has seized 26 tonnes of smuggled shark fins sliced from some 38,500 endangered animals in the largest bust of its kind in the southern Chinese city. Handout / Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department / AFP

China warns Hong Kong protesters against 'stirring up trouble'

May 06, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse protesters last Friday, May 1, after a largely peaceful public holiday

A police officer gestures towards the media during a protest at Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1, 2019. - Police fired tear gas and pepper spray in Hong Kong on December 1 as tens of thousands of black-clad protesters flooded into the streets, a week after pro-democracy candidates scored a landslide local election victory. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

International experts quitting Hong Kong police protest probe

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The resignation is seen as a major setback for the Hong Kong government

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. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on September 7 in a bid to thwart plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport in the movement's first mass mobilisation since the city's leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.  Philip FONG / AFP

Hong Kong police say bombs left in school grounds defused

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Bomb disposal officers rush to Wah Yan College in Wanchai district after a janitor noticed the devices

CONFISCATED. This undated handout photograph released by the Hong Kong Police Force on December 8, 2019 shows a Glock handgun and magazines loaded with ammunition, which police say were seized during raids ahead of a major pro-democracy rally, in Hong Kong. Handout/Hong Kong Police Force/AFP

Hong Kongers mark half a year of protest with mammoth rally

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) Organizers bill the protest as a 'last chance' for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to meet their demands

Hotpot vs bread: the culinary symbols of Hong Kong's political divide

Nov 30, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Activists bring loaves of 'Life Bread' – a local brand beloved by Hong Kongers – to demonstrations, or leave them next to protest walls after a video of a police officer taunting protesters went viral

LIFE BREAD. A man wears a 'Winnie the Pooh' mask and hold a loaf of Life Bread as he joins others in a lunchtime flash mob rally in the Cheung Sha Wan district in Hong Kong on November 29, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong police shoot protester as protests start working week

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:48 AM

A police source confirms that live rounds were fired at more than one protester in Sai Wan Ho on Monday morning, November 11

ARRESTED. A video grab taken from Cupid News on November 11, 2019, shows a pro-democracy protester (top) bleeding and lying on the ground after he was shot in the chest by a police man during a protest in Sai Wan Ho district, in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO/CUPID NEWS

Hong Kong court bans publishing police details, including photos

Oct 26, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The Hong Kong Journalists Association said it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential limitations to media freedoms

HONG KONG POLICE. A protester hits a tear gas canister with a tennis racket after police fired tear gas in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on October 20, 2019. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as 'flashmob' protests hit pro-Beijing targets

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Rallies erupt in multiple neighborhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows, and erecting barricades

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Hong Kong police detain a man for an unknown reason outside a shopping centre in the Tai Koo area of Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Sit-in at school of Hong Kong protester shot by police

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The international finance hub is reeling from the shooting, the first time a demonstrator has been struck with a live round in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests

Riot police fire projectiles against protesters in the Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as violent demonstrations take place in the streets of the city on the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police shoot Hong Kong protester as China celebrates 70th birthday

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first such shooting in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent protests and threatens to strip the spotlight from China's carefully choreographed birthday party

CLASH. Hong Kong police detain a protester (C) during demonstrations in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1 as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong a 'police state,' prominent protesters tell AFP

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Well-known protest leaders accuse the Hong Kong government of using its police force as a tool to 'abuse the public power and to torture the people'

RIOT. 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

Amnesty International says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'In an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong's security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests,' says Amnesty International

Police personnel fire tear-gas shells to disperse Pro-Democracy protestors in the Sham Shui Po Area of Hong Kong on August 14, 2019. More than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent demonstrations have wracked the semi-autonomous city, with millions taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and police accountability. Manan VATSYAYANA / 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 reels from worst clashes in months as protesters battle police

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:32 PM

At least 31 people are injured following the clashes, including 5 who remain in serious condition

CHAOS. Protesters walk through a cloud of teargas as they occupy Hennessy Road in Hong Kong on August 31, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:32 PM

A police spokesman vows a full, independent probe, insisting 'police officers are never allowed to use abusive force for their own sake'

HONG KONG POLICE. In this file photo, police protect a police station against anti-government protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on August 17, 2019. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in tourist district

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Protesters remain unyielding, vowing to hold multiple occupations and rallies in the coming days, despite authorities' hardening stance

MORE PROTESTS. Police fire tear gas during a protest in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on August 3, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kongers protesting 'triad' attack

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Hong Kong hospital authorities say 9 people are injured, with 5 in serious condition, as rubber bullets are fired to disperse remaining protesters

TEAR GAS. Crowds of Hong Kong protesters defied a police ban and began gathering in a town close to the Chinese border to rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators there last weekend. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong police ban 'anti-triad' protest

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Protest organizers have vowed to go ahead with their march despite the police denying their request

PROTEST BANNED. This picture taken on July 22, 2019 shows a general view of Castle Peak Road in the Yuen Long district in the New Territories of Hong Kong, a rural region bordering China where many villagers are staunchly pro-Beijing. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong's expat police become focus of protester rage

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Hong Kong protesters are singling out for specific retribution a small group of expatriates who were some of the police commanding officers on the front lines during clashes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019, the Police insignia is covered in egg splatter thrown by protesters at the police headquarters in Hong Kong. A peculiar legacy of Hong Kong's colonial past has emerged as a focal point of rage for anti-government protesters: a dwindling band of expat police officers now vilified for doing the bidding of the city's pro-Beijing leaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

UK warns China of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration' signed with former colonial ruler Britain, says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hong Kong's colonial flag (C) is held up during a protest march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. China's President Xi Jinping warned July 1 that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong grapples with protest aftermath; China demands criminal probe

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The semi-autonomous financial hub is thrown into crisis by weeks of demonstrations over a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, with the issue becoming a lightning rod for resentment towards Beijing

Posters, including one featuring Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, are seen on the floor outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 2, 2019, a day after protesters broke into the building. Hong Kong's leader on July 2 condemned "the extreme use of violence" by masked protesters who stormed and ransacked the city's legislature in an unprecedented challenge to Beijing's authority. Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

Hong Kong police retake parliament from anti-government protesters

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Just after midnight, police officers move in from several directions, firing tear gas and wielding batons as they charged – and sending plumes of smoke drifting across Hong Kong

Police fire tear gas at protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 2, 2019. Riot police fired tear gas as they attempted to dislodge anti-government protesters in the early hours of the morning of July 2 in chaotic scenes in the heart of Hong Kong. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Protesters ransack Hong Kong parliament on China handover anniversary

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:02 PM

(5th UPDATE) Anti-government demonstrators breach the complex after hours of attempting to smash into the building, using a metal cart as a battering ram and wielding steel poles to prize open gaps in the reinforced windows

PROTEST. Protesters try to push a metal cart through a closed entrance at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Confrontations after rally to support Hong Kong police

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:46 PM

As the pro-government supporters head home, many turn on small groups of anti-government opponents who keep a small camp outside the parliament

PROTEST. A pro-police demonstrator L) is held back by police as he yells insults at anti-extradition protesters (C) at a rally in support of police outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 30, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

UK demands probe into Hong Kong police action

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also suspends export licenses for crowd control equipment of Hong Kong police force

Police cover graffiti sprayed on a wall by protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 22, 2019. Hong Kong police on June 22 slammed anti-government protesters for besieging their headquarters, calling the demonstration "illegal and irrational" as they vowed to pursue the ringleaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong police vow to pursue HQ siege protesters

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Protest leaders plan to hold another huge rally on July 1

Police arrive to negotiate with protesters to clear a road in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019. - Chinese state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)