Hong Kong protest - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Hong Kong protest


China appoints hardliner to Hong Kong office

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The reshuffle comes after months of political unrest – the starkest challenge to Beijing since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997

Hong Kong file photo from Shutterstock

Dip in Hong Kong protests raises questions on movement's future

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'For those of us who have been fighting at the front lines, we feel we have not achieved anything,' says one frequent protestor

PROTEST. People are detained by police during a clearance operation after a demonstration against parallel trading in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong on January 5, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The rating downgrade is a major blow to Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, who has struggled to end more than 7 months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests

DOWNGRADE. Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating. AFP file photo

Officers beaten after police disband Hong Kong democracy rally

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:49 PM

'Such appalling acts are not to be condoned,' the police force says

HK POLICE. Riot police stand before a protest backdrop after police dispersed a crowd gathered for the 'universal siege on communists' rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on January 19, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Security officials are called in multiple times to force out pro-democracy lawmakers who shouted slogans and held placards, including one that portrayed the city's chief executive Carrie Lam as a vampire with bat wings

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki holds a sign as he is removed from the legislature during a question and answer session with Hong Kong’s Cheif Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) in Hong Kong on January 16, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The president of Hong Kong's Professional Teachers' Union says the government is trying to silence teachers

Teachers and pro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a rally to support teachers at Edinburgh Place in the Central district of Hong Kong on January 3, 2020. Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of unrest -- its biggest political crisis in decades -- which has seen millions come out on the streets demanding greater democratic freedoms. Philip FONG / AFP

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colors

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:39 PM

Pro-democracy protesters reward shops and restaurants that support their cause, tagging them 'yellow'. Pro-government and pro-China businesses are tagged 'blue' and frequent targets for vandalism or boycotts.

In this picture taken on January 8, 2020 shows stickers of Pepe the frog and other protest related animals at the entrance of a cafe in North Point area in Hong Kong. Seven months of unrest have taken a heavy toll on many Hong Kong businesses, but pro-democracy protesters are now seeking to reward shops and restaurants that support their cause by building a "yellow" economy. Philip FONG / AFP

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong’s hangover for 2020

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The very fact that the protests are still ongoing suggests an acceptance by the populace. Yet, Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government hold most of the cards in finding real practical solutions, much to Hongkongers' frustration

Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD – study

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'One in 5 adults now report probable depression or suspected PTSD, which is comparable to those experiencing armed conflicts, large-scale disasters, or terrorist attacks,' the study says

SMOKE. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. (Photo by Philip Fong/AFP)

Wedding bells on hold for Hong Kong protester, policeman couple

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:04 PM

May, who has regularly attended rallies as a peaceful protester, has seen violence firsthand. But she doesn't believe that her future husband – a frontline riot officer – would hurt anyone.

ON HOLD. A couple pose for wedding photos in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 8, 2018. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Dozens held after shopping protest at Hong Kong border town

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:26 PM

The marchers are protesting against parallel trading which sees thousands of mainlanders cross the border every day to bulk-buy goods such as infant formula to sell at a profit in China

China replaces top envoy to crisis-hit Hong Kong

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Luo Huining replaces Wang Zhimin as the head of Hong Kong's Liaison Office

DEMOCRACY. Office workers and protesters gather during a pro-democracy demonstration in the Central district in Hong Kong on December 20, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

LVMH to shut store amid Hong Kong protests – report

Jan 04, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Louis Vuitton plans to shut its shop in the financial hub's Times Square mall

LOUIS VUITTON. Staff members are seen in a Louis Vuitton store in the Times Square shopping mall in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on January 4, 2020. The luxury brand is closing the store which is located in an area often targeted by protesters, local media reported. Photo by Philip FONG/ AFP

Massive Hong Kong pro-democracy rally ends in police clashes

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) After a peaceful start, violence erupts near the march within hours, with police and masked protesters facing off in several neighborhoods on the city's main island

[OPINION] Asia's Winners and Losers in 2019: From K-Pop sensation BTS to the beleaguered people of Hong Kong

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:42 AM

So, who was up and who was down in the Indo-Pacific region in 2019? Here’s our assessment.

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Police fire tear gas as Hong Kong rings in New Year

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong police retaliate after protesters in the Mong Kong district set fire to barricades just after midnight

Hong Kong police arrest 15 in fresh shopping mall protests

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Riot police charge into the mall to reinforce the officers, and use pepper spray to disperse a crowd of residents who gathered to protest against the arrests

MALL PROTEST. Plainclothes police officers (with batons) clash with pro-democracy protesters during a rally inside a shopping mall in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong on December 28, 2019. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

3rd day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:41 PM

(UPDATED) Protest groups say they have been left with little choice but to return to the streets because Beijing and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam continue to dig their heels in

CHRISTMAS PROTESTS. A man with a Santa hat stands in front of riot police during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on December 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Police, protesters clash as Hong Kong celebrates Christmas

Dec 25, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Police use pepper spray and tear gas as activists held small flashmob protests in malls and multiple districts across the city

CHRISTMAS CLASHES. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall protests and clashes

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Riot police use pepper spray and batons to beat back angry crowds after plainclothes officers made arrests inside a luxury mall in Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong police say suspect fired shot during protest-related arrest

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Authorities say a subsequent search of a nearby flat uncovered an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and more than 250 rounds of ammunition

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says phone hacked by police

Dec 19, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'It's utterly alarming,' says Joshua Wong, who claims police even presented text messages from his seized iPhone as evidence

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP)

China's Xi gives Hong Kong leader 'unwavering support'

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Protesters have called for the unpopular Carrie Lam to stand down as leader, but she receives the backing of China's leadership during a visit to Beijing on Monday, December 16

LAM IN BEIJING. This handout photograph taken and released by the Hong Kong Government on December 16, 2019 shows Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during her annual duty visit, in Hong Kong Hall at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT

Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Flashmob protests and vandalism break out in multiple locations, prompting riot police to use pepper spray and make arrests in at least two shopping centers as members of the public heckled the officers

MALL PROTESTS. A photojournalist (C) argues with police during a protest at the New Town Plaza shopping mall in Shatin in Hong Kong on December 15, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

5 held over man's death in Hong Kong protests

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) The 3 males and two females aged 15 to 18 are arrested on suspicion of murder, rioting and wounding, and have been detained pending further investigation, says police

PROTESTS. This photo taken on December 12, 2019 shows protesters waving black flags reading in Chinese 'liberate Hong Kong revolution of our times' on a roof during a rally to mark 6 months since the June 12 protest, at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong. Photo by Alastair Pike/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

WATCH: 800,000 people mark 6 months of Hong Kong protests

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The 800,000-strong protest march on Sunday, December 8, is largely incident-free

800,000 Hong Kongers take to the streets to mark 6 months of protest in their city. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP 800,000 Hong Kongers take to the streets to mark 6 months of protest in their city. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP  800,000 Hong Kongers take to the streets to mark 6 months of protest in their city. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/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

Pepe and protest pig: Internet memes come to life at Hong Kong rally

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'In the face of police brutality and tyranny, we want Hong Kong people to carry on with humor, confidence and positive thinking,' says the stunt's brainchild

MEMES. People wearing masks depicting 'LIHKG Pig' (C) and Pepe the Frog (R), a character used by pro-democracy activists as a symbol of their struggle, gather before the 'Human Rights Day' rally from Victoria Park to Chater Road in Hong Kong on December 8, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/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

Hong Kong protesters vow weekend rally and 'last chance' for leader

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Activists say anger is building once more after chief executive Carrie Lam and Beijing ruled out any further concessions despite the pro-establishment drubbing

LAST CHANCE? In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, protesters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. File photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

6 months of sacrifice: Hong Kong's protesters remain defiant

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters say they aren't backing down

(FILES) In this file photo taken on early July 1, 2019, a protester waves a "Black Bauhinia" flag as others set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong before the flag raising ceremony to mark the 22nd anniversary of handover to China. Some of them have lost their jobs, suffered life-changing injuries and even been forced into exile. But six months into Hong Kong's demonstrations, pro-democracy protesters say they aren't backing down. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

Wedding bells on hold for Hong Kong protester, policeman

Dec 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Upheaval in Hong Kong stands in the way of the star-crossed lovers

WEDDING ON HOLD. In this picture taken on November 23, 2019, Hong Kong protester May, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym, walks down the stairs in a park in Hong Kong. Photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

Rappler Talk: Emily Lau on the future of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Dec 03, 2019 - 2:00 PM

On Tuesday, December 3, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with former Hong Kong politician Emily Lau to discuss how different the pro-democracy movement is now from before and how she sees the current protests ending

Hong Kong deports Indonesian worker who reported on protests

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Award-winning writer Yuli Riswatiis held for 28 days after failing to extend her visa and is put on a flight to Surabaya on Monday afternoon

DEPORTED. Screen grab of the Twitter account of the International Domestic Workers Federation based in Hong Kong.

Protests send Hong Kongers to Taiwan in search of new lives

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:06 PM

'In Taiwan, freedom of speech is in the present tense. People can elect the president and lawmakers – rights that Hong Kongers don't have and I don't see any chance of ever having,' says a Hong Kong resident who moved to Kaohsiung

REFUGEES. This picture taken on November 13, 2019 shows Chow Chung-ming,41, a former computer programmer in Hong Kong and his wife So Kit-sum 48 working at their coffee shop in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Rappler Talk: Arnold Chung on impact of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, December 2, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to activist Arnold Chung to discuss what Hong Kong's election results mean to the pro-democracy movement

'Still angry': Hong Kong protesters return to the streets

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) 'Never forget why you started,' reads a banner carried by protesters taking part in the march

MORE RALLIES. People attend a lunchtime flash mob rally in the Cheung Sha Wan district in Hong Kong on November 29, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China accuses U.N. rights chief of 'inapppropriate' inteference

Dec 01, 2019 - 11:14 AM

China condemns United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet after she called for probes into alleged police violence in Hong Kong

SLAMMED. UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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 set for fresh weekend protests as police end university siege

Nov 29, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Renewed calls to hit the streets come after Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam refuse further political concessions despite a landslide victory for pro-democracy parties in local elections last weekend

FLASH MOB. People attend 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 enter ransacked campus after protest siege

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Riot police in tactical gear gather hundreds of discarded petrol bombs and bottles of chemicals that had been looted from the university laboratories, as well as archery bows

POLICE IN POLY U. Hong Kong Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD) personnel search for explosives and chemicals at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 28, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China summons U.S. envoy, urges not to implement Hong Kong law

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodges a 'strong protest' with US Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signs the law supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The US president at first seemed reluctant to sign the bill, but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he has little political room to maneuver

FREE. Grafitti which reads 'Free HK' is seen on the ground at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 27, 2019, over a week after police surrounded the building while protesters were still barricaded inside. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong police plan to enter ransacked campus on November 28

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The announcement comes as university leaders called for police to lift their siege given the sprawling facility appeared to be deserted

SEARCHING FOR PROTESTERS. A team including Poly U management, security guards, councilors and the Hong Kong Red Cross walk through a canteen kitchen in search of any remaining protesters hiding at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 26, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong gov't drops case vs OFW arrested near protest site

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the Hong Kong government dropped its case of unlawful assembly against a Filipino national who was arrested by police after passing a protest site in August

UNREST. Hong Kong has been gripped by continuing protests now in its 5th month. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

[OPINION] The voters of Hong Kong have spoken

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The protest must now be seen not as a young people’s movement, but as a grassroots rejection of Beijing’s rule

Background photo from AFP

China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by  Philip Fong / AFP