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Hong Kongers scrub social media history in face of security law

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Despite assurances from Beijing that political freedoms would not be hindered, many Hong Kongers delete digital references of their opposition to China's ruling Communist Party

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Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

'I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,' Law says in a short English message to journalists, declining to say which country he has gone to

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: Thousands defy protest ban as HK security law takes effect

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Thousands of protesters defy restrictions and take to the streets, even under Hong Kong's newly passed national security law

Hong Kong Bar Association 'gravely concerned' by security law

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The group says offenses 'are capable of being applied in a manner that is arbitrary, and that disproportionately interferes with fundamental rights, including the freedom of conscience, expression and assembly'

CRACKDOWN. Riot police detain a man as they clear protesters taking part in a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

EU says 'essential' that freedoms be protected in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Hong Kong police say they arrested at least 180 people on Wednesday, July 1 – including 7 under a new national security law – as thousands of protesters defy a ban to rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China

PROTESTS. Riot police (L) deploy pepper spray toward journalists (R) as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

U.S. Senate approves sanctions bill over Hong Kong

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The vote comes as China presses forward with a security law that would enforce punishment over subversion and other perceived threats in Hong Kong

A protester (C) holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. - Thousands of Hong Kongers sang a protest anthem and chanted slogans across the city on June 12 as they marked the one-year anniversary of major clashes between police and pro-democracy demonstrators. (Photo by DALE DE LA REY / AFP)

Hong Kong satirists say self-censorship already blunting dissent

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Ridicule of the powerful is ingrained in Hong Kong's culture, aided by Cantonese, a language often riotously colorful in its insults. But that is something Hong Kongers believe Beijing is determined to stamp out.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2020 shows Hong Kong actors Ng Chi-sum (L) and Tsang Chi-ho performing a scene in the long-running political satirical television show "Headliner", which will be suspended by the public broadcaster after it received a government reprimand for insulting the Hong Kong police force. - Hong Kong satirists, cartoonists and journalists say self-censorship has already begun blunting voices and pulling punches as fears crescendo over Beijing's plan to impose a sweeping anti-subversion law on the restless city. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-HongKong-politics-censorship,FOCUS by Su Xinqi

EU urges China to reconsider Hong Kong security law

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:32 AM

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says she had warned the Chinese leaders that Hong Kong owes its economic success to its autonomy from Beijing

Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

China to set up 'national security agency' in Hong Kong – state media

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Chinese state media Xinhua says the eventual law would criminalize 'secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces' that endanger security.

CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT. A protester (C) holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Taiwan to open new office to assist Hongkongers

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Tsai's government will cover 'necessary expenses' for those who come to Taiwan because their freedom and safety are under threat, says Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council

NEW OFFICE. Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a press conference in Taipei on January 22, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China moves closer to passing Hong Kong security law

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:12 PM

A draft of the controversial national security bill is submitted to the country's top lawmaking body and could be approved as soon as Saturday, June 20

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading 'Bad laws of China's national security' during a protest outside the Hong Kong's Taipei office on May 28, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hongkongers sing protest anthem 1 year after major clashes

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:04 AM

Thousands answer online calls to gather at 8:00 pm in local malls and neighborhoods to chant pro-democracy slogans and sing 'Glory to Hong Kong' – a protest anthem that became hugely popular during the turmoil

PROTEST. A protester holds a flag that reads 'Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now' as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Fearful Hong Kongers rush to secure limited British passports

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Some 2.9 million people – anyone born before 1997 – are eligible for BN(O) status and Britain has said any citizenship plan will also include them

Riot police detain a group of people during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. - Hong Kong police placed a dragnet around the financial hub's legislature on May 27 and fired pepper-ball rounds in the commercial district as they tried to stamp out protests against a bill banning insults to China's national anthem. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Hong Kong prosecutors add riot charges over legislature siege

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Prosecutors add rioting – a colonial-era law that carries up to 10 years in prison – to existing charges against prominent pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Protesters break into 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

Anniversary protests as Hong Kong democracy movement faces triple threat

Jun 09, 2020 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) A year later, protesters are on the back foot with Beijing planning to impose a sweeping law banning subversion, secession, terrorism, and foreign interference

AFTER ONE YEAR. Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[OPINION] We can’t breathe

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Today, we are breathless, but we cannot be breathless for too long, for we may not have anything left to fight for and anything left to fight with'

Hong Kong protesters seek sanctuary overseas as noose tightens

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:59 PM

The current trickle of those leaving Hong Kong could become an exodus after Beijing announces plans to impose a sweeping national security law here in response to the protests

ARRESTED. Police drag a protester along a road after they detained her during as attempt to escape the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

White House says China's Tiananmen Square 'slaughter' not forgotten

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Open discussion of the brutal suppression, in which hundreds if not thousands are believed to have been killed, is forbidden in mainland China

MAO. Chinese President Xi Jinping (7th L)) attends a military parade with former presidents Hu Jintao (6th L) and Jiang Zemin (8th L) in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Hong Kong protesters defy ban, rally to remember Tiananmen

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:24 PM

(UPDATED) Police arrest some demonstrators in one shopping area, in scenes reminiscent of 7 months of violent protests in 2019, although they allow the main rally to proceed

VIGIL. Activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong legislature votes for law banning national anthem insults

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers approve the bill with 41 in favor and one against, but the 75-seat chamber's pro-democracy faction refuses to vote and instead shouts slogans denouncing the law

NATIONAL ANTHEM. This file photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows pro-China supporters singing the national anthem inside a shopping mall in the Kowloon Bay district of Hong Kong. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen crackdown despite virus vigil ban

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) This year's service is banned on public health grounds because of the coronavirus pandemic, with barricades surrounding Victoria Park, the traditional ceremony venue, and police patrolling nearby

BANNED. This general view shows a barricaded entrance to Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil which traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will 'backfire'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The United States and Britain have enraged Beijing with their criticism of planned national security legislation that critics fear would destroy the semi-autonomous city's limited freedoms

WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

UK talks to 'Five Eyes' allies about potential Hong Kong exodus

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:39 PM

In parliament, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says he has reached out to intelligence-sharing allies Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada about contingency plans

Pro-democracy party Demosisto member Joshua Wong holds a placard urging European leaders to act against a national security law during a press conference outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 3, 2020. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong leader accuses U.S. of 'double standards' over protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials seize on the unrest gripping the US in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans

CARRIE. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong police ban Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Police reject permission for this year's rally saying it would 'constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public'

FIRST IN 30 YEARS. This file photo taken on June 4, 2019, shows people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Trump strips Hong Kong privileges, restricts entry of some Chinese students

May 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The US president attacks China over its treatment of the former British colony, saying it was 'diminishing the city's longstanding and proud status'

STUDENTS. File photo of students in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. revocation on Hong Kong: Big symbolism, less certain effect

May 29, 2020 - 10:29 AM

At the most drastic, Trump could abolish all special commercial privileges and treat the financial hub as any other Chinese city

LOCALS. Residents in Hong Kong wearing masks, May 10 2020, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

Hong Kong courts groan under weight of protest trials

May 28, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Hong Kong police say nearly 9,000 people have been arrested since the often violent protests kicked off last June with 1,600 proceeding to trial so far

SILENT PROTEST. Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading "Bad laws of China's national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong's Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party's fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,' Washington's UN mission says

BLACK FLAG. In this file photo taken on 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. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

U.S. revokes Hong Kong's special status as anger grows over China law

May 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTESTS. Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan leader vows 'action plan' for Hong Kong protesters

May 27, 2020 - 9:43 PM

'The cabinet will come up with a Hong Kong humanitarian assistance action plan...to provide complete planning for Hong Kong people's residency, accommodation and care,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen

'ACTION PLAN.' Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests

May 27, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement police say they 'respect the right of residents to express their views peacefully, but it must be carried out legally'

READY. Riot police stand guard outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

May 27, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Trump promises a 'very interesting' US response within days

FREE HONG KONG. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: In Hong Kong, clashes erupt over proposed security law

May 26, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Pro-democracy activists say China's proposed national security law spells the end of the one country, two system agreement

Hong Kong leader tries to reassure investors rattled by China law

May 26, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Beijing wants to enact legislation banning 'seccession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference' in the international finance hub after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year

ARREST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China threatens U.S. countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law

May 25, 2020 - 9:16 PM

China plans to impose a national security law on the city's financial hub, with the Hong Kong security chief backing it as needed in defeating 'terrorism'

Hong Kong police embrace China's security law plan

May 25, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The statement is part of a flurry of coordinated messages from the city's different security services embracing the law

HONG KONG POLICE. A man (C) leans out from a shop as police conduct a clearance operation in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 24, 2020, during protests against a proposal to enact new security legislation in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

May 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say at least 180 people were arrested on Sunday, May 24, majority in Causeway Bay and Wan Chai districts

PROTESTS. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

May 22, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) '#HongKong has been the safe harbor for dissent; it's the light, the conscience, the voice that speaks truth to an increasingly powerful China,' tweets Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch

THE END. Pro-democracy protesters display a banner calling for the city's independence at a shopping mall in the town of Shatin in Hong Kong on May 1, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong risks new unrest with China anthem bill – opposition

May 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan says the city is now in a 'very delicate and sensitive situation'

NEW UNREST? In this file photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan answers the questions from media outside Hong Kong's High Court on October 31, 2019. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

230 arrested in Hong Kong's 1st major protests since virus began

May 11, 2020 - 10:27 PM

Police say 230 people between the ages of 12 and 65 were arrested on various charges including unlawful assembly, assaulting a police officer, and failing to produce identity documents

IN PROTEST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/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)

Balcony banners, e-rallies as pandemic curbs May Day demos

May 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Except for arrests and a riot in some places, most gatherings on this unusual Labor Day were small and without incident

Pro-democracy protesters wear face masks, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they display a banner calling for the city’s independence at a shopping mall in the town of Shatin in Hong Kong on May 1, 2020. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on May 1 after democracy activists threatened to defy a ban on gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic -- but the streets remained largely calm. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Police on alert in Hong Kong ahead of planned democracy rallies

May 01, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Small protests have bubbled up in the past week and activists are hoping to use May Day to muster numbers once more

Pro-democracy protesters (front) observe social distancing measures in groups of four or less as they gather at a shopping mall during a ‘Lunch With You’ rally in Hong Kong on April 29, 2020. After four months of calm, protests are cropping up in Hong Kong once more, even as the city hunkers down to beat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

How Beijing is reigniting Hong Kong's protests

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The pro-democracy camp wants to stop a bill that criminalizes disrespecting China's national anthem

PROTEST. A pro-democracy protester (L) holds up a placard as he and others (top) observe social distancing measures while gathered in groups of 4 or less at a shopping mall during a ‘Lunch With You’ rally in Hong Kong on April 29, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong dissident reopens bookshop in Taiwan, defying Beijing

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Lam Wing-kee is 1 of 5 booksellers from Causeway Bay Books publishing salacious titles about China's leaders. Lam vanished and then resurfaced in custody on the mainland in 2015.

UNBOWED. Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller from Hong Kong who in 2015 was detained in China for allegedly bringing banned books into the mainland, waves to the press during the launch of the 'Causeway Bay Books' bookstore in Taipei on April 25, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong political crisis deepens despite protest lull during virus

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Police arrest 15 prominent activists on charges linked to last year's demonstrations. Those detained were not masked protesters who often violently clashed with police, but rather some of the city's best-known moderates.

LEE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020, former lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Martin Lee (C) gestures as he leaves the Central District police station in Hong Kong, after being arrested and accused of organizing and taking part in an unlawful assembly in August last year. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong activists arrested over last year's democracy rallies

Apr 18, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Among those arrested is media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of anti-establishment tabloid Apple Daily

Hong Kong media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily newspaper Jimmy Lai (C) leaves the Kowloon City police station in Hong Kong on February 28, 2020, after being arrested on the suspicion of taking part in an unauthorised assembly on August 31 last year. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, a high profile critic of Beijing, was arrested on February 28 for taking part in last year's pro-democracy protests that rocked the city for seven months.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested over pro-democracy rally

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Hong Kong police say they also arrested and charged along with Lai, veteran pro-democracy activists Lee Cheuk Yan and Yeung Sum

ARRESTED. This photograph taken on June 19, 2015 shows media tycoon Jimmy Lai gesturing during an interview in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

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

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