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Clashes as Hong Kong marks 5 years since 'Umbrella' protests

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Protesters mark 5 years since the Umbrella movement, the failed pro-democracy campaign launched by Hong Kong citizens, mostly youth, in 2014

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

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

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

May 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Wong, who was 17 when the Umbrella Movement protests began, is ordered to return to jail to serve a reduced sentence of two months

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / 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 leaders convicted in Umbrella Movement trial

Apr 09, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Nine activists are all convicted of at least one charge in a prosecution that deployed rarely-used colonial-era public nuisance laws over their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests

THE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming (R), law professor Benny Tai (L) and sociology professor Chan Kin-man (C) react as they enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Netflix renews 'Umbrella Academy' for season 2

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The Hargreeves fam is back!

WATCH: Mary J Blige records ‘Stay With Me’ for ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:33 PM

If you loved Mary J Blige’s cover of the song, this is how you can listen to it over and over again

VILLAIN. In 'The Umbrella Academy,' Mary J Blige plays time-traveling assassin Cha Cha. Screenshot from Netflix Philippines' YouTube channel

‘The Umbrella Academy’ shines when they’re together

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:30 PM

‘The Umbrella Academy’ works best when it frees itself from uninteresting drama and lets its characters lean into their weirdness

WATCH: A dysfunctional superhero family in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ first trailer

Jan 25, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'The Umbrella Academy' premieres on Netflix in February

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. The upcoming series, based on the comic by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, follows a group of superheroes adopted by a billionaire. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Macau denies entry to Hong Kong former activist leader

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Macau refuses the entry of Yvonne Leung, describing her as a 'public security' threat. The 25-year-old Leung was a prominent student leader of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement in 2014.

Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (L-R) Yvonne Leung, Nathan Law, Alex Chow, Lester Shum and Eason Chung arrive for talks with Hong Kong authorities, aimed at ending weeks of rallies, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms, in Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. The crucial talks began just hours after Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said open elections would result in the largest sector of society -- the city's poor -- dominating the electoral process, adding that free elections were impossible. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

Hong Kong democrats 'furious' over new election ban

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Popular lawmaker Eddie Chu is barred from standing in a local election after being accused of supporting independence from China

'DEATH THREATS'. New anti-establishment lawmaker Eddie Chu (L) arrives to make a report to the police at Wan Chai police station in Hong Kong on September 8, 2016. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial

Nov 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai, and Chu Yiu-ming are among 9 activists all facing 'public nuisance' charges for their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests

FOR DEMOCRACY. Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners face trial Monday over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Protest in Hong Kong over activist's election ban

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The ban on Agnes Chow, who was at the forefront of mass 2014 Umbrella Movement, is the latest blow for the democracy camp and another sign that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city

BANNED. Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow shouts slogans on stage during a protest outside Central Government Complex in Hong Kong on Januray 28, 2018. 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

Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The Hong Kong government says the previous custodial terms given to the 3 young activists were too light and did not serve as a deterrent

Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement leaders jailed

Aug 17, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The sentences handed down by the city s Court of Appeal come as fears grow that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi autonomous city and that rule of law is being compromised

PRISON VAN. Police and supporters surround a prison van transporting Joshua Wong, a leader of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', after his sentencing at the High Court in Hong Kong on August 17, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/ 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

Android app Umbrella trains users in digital and physical security

Jun 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Umbrella is a risk encyclopedia that helps teach activists human rights defenders journalists and others how to stay safe online and offline

Police arrest 9 more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED The spate of arrests come ahead of an expected visit by China s President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city by Britain back to China in 1997 on July 1

PROTEST SIGN. 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

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

Post-'Umbrella' Hong Kong opens explosive political chapter

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Hong Kong is entering uncharted political territory as former protesters prepare to take office advocating a possible split from China

Nathan Law (C) speaks at a rally with Jousha Wong (centre L) and supporters in Causeway bay following Nathan Law's win in the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong on September 5, 2016. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong protest leaders escape jail time for rally

Aug 15, 2016 - 5:46 AM

UPDATED The court says it will not base sentencing on the heated political atmosphere in the city

In this file photo, Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong speaks to the media as fellow activists Albert Chan (top L) Raphael Wong (red shirt) and Nathan Law (2nd R) look on outside the Eastern Law Court after being acquitted over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict, in Hong Kong on June 7, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong student leader Wong convicted for protests

Jul 21, 2016 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Joshua Wong is convicted for taking part in an unlawful assembly after he and other students climbed into Hong Kong s Civic Square on September 26 2014

In this file photo, student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong pro-democracy protester tells court of police 'assault'

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Ken Tsang testifies for the first time against 7 cops who allegedly assaulted him during the height of pro democracy rallies in 2014

epa05339418 Hong Kong Police officers on trial arrive the Wanchai District Court on the first day of the trial in Hong Kong, China, 01 June 2016. The policemen were arrested after television footage showed several plainclothes officers kicking and punching the handcuffed Civic Party member Ken Tsang, after he was arrested following clashes between the police and pro-democracy protesters during the Umbrella Revolution protests in 2014. The officers are on trial for 'causing grievous bodily harm with intent'. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Hong Kong student leader Wong acquitted over anti-China protest

Jun 07, 2016 - 12:56 PM

UPDATED His acquittal comes as tensions remain high in the semi autonomous city with fears growing that Beijing is tightening its grip

Student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong democracy protester given 5 weeks for police assault

May 30, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Ken Tsang vows to appeal the sentence saying he will never give up

epa05337101 Pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang (C) speaks to members of the media after his trial at the Kowloon City Magistrates Court in Hong Kong, China, 30 May 2016. Tsang was found guilty for resisting arrest and assaulting police officers during the Occupy Central Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong in 2014. Tsang was sentenced to five weeks in prison but he was released on bail after he said he wanted to appeal against his conviction. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Hong Kong pro-democracy protester guilty of assaulting police

May 26, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Supporters of activist Ken Tsang denounce the verdict as political persecution

epa05329744 Pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang arrives at Kowloon City Magistrates Court for his trial over charges of assaulting police officers, Hong Kong, China, 26 May 2016. Pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang was found guilty for resisting arrest during the Occupy Central / Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong in 2014. He will be sentenced on 30 May. EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

Hong Kong pro-democracy protester stands trial

Apr 11, 2016 - 4:23 PM

UPDATED Political activist Ken Tsang is accused of splashing liquid on cops during the 2014 protests – the same night as he was beaten in an attack

In this file photo, pro-democracy protesters gather outside the Hong Kong government headquarters, on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Central District, Hong Kong, China, September 29, 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' leaders seek closer ties with Taiwan

Jan 17, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Whether it is the issue of Taiwan s sovereignty or the future of Hong Kong we both face the China factor says Joshua Wong the teenage face of the Umbrella Movement

UMBRELLA. In this file photo, pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong's civil disobedience 'Umbrella Movement' sing Christmas carols in the street in defiance of the Hong Kong police who claim the protesters are breaking the law by committing 'unlawful assembly', Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China, 24 December 2014. Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

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

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'Umbrella Soldiers' take seats in Hong Kong elections

Nov 23, 2015 - 1:35 PM

While a new generation of pro democracy campaigners unexpectedly won a handful of seats the balance of power remained largely the same

VOTE HERE. A Civil Aid Service officer standing guard outside a polling station in Tai Kok Tsui South in Yau Tsim Mong District during Hong Kong's District Council elections, Ping Shek Estate, East Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, November 22, 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong goes to polls in first vote since democracy protests

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:28 AM

Last year thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding fully free elections for the city s next leader in what became known as the Umbrella Movement

FOR DEMOCRACY. Mong Kok in Hong Kong has seen clashes between police and protesters in the past few months. File Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

Tensions flare in Hong Kong, a year since mass rallies

Sep 28, 2015 - 9:31 PM

Frustrated activists now say they must regroup and come up with new strategies conceding that changing the minds of Beijing and the Hong Kong government is currently a hopeless task

Policemen block the way to a road as pro-democracy demonstrators and activists gather outside the government headquarters building to mark one year since the start of mass pro-democracy rallies calling for fully free leadership elections in the semi-autonomous city, in Hong Kong on September 28, 2015. The 2014 Occupy protests began after China's central government claimed it was offering a compromise of sorts by allowing a popular vote for the Hong Kong leader in 2017 but insisted candidates were vetted. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Showdown in Hong Kong ahead of key reform vote

Jun 17, 2015 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers are set to vote on a divisive reform package and tensions are high over an alleged explosives plot that police said was linked to a radical group

DIVIDED CITY. In a picture taken on June 13, 2015, a woman stands in front of yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the pro-democracy movement, stuck on a tent outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong democracy groups rally as key vote looms

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED The controversial electoral roadmap which lays out how Hong Kong s next leader should be chosen goes for debate at the legislature on June 17

UMBRELLAS OUT. Supporters of real universal suffrage in Hong Kong march through the city streets for the last time, ahead of a crucial vote on political reform in the city's Legislative Council, due to take place on 17 or 18 June, in Hong Kong, China, 14 June 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong student leader Wong barred from Malaysia

May 26, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The official declines to say why Wong was denied entry into Malaysia

TURNED AWAY. Student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, 16 January 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

2014: Worst year in Asia?

Jan 06, 2015 - 8:11 AM

2014 was clearly a not so good year for democracy in Asia

China praises Hong Kong for not giving in to protesters

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED This year under your leadership the overall stability [of Hong Kong] was preserved China s Xi Jinping tells Hong Kong s embattled leader Leung Chun ying

Protesters take part in a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong, China, 01 July 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

Dec 20, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong and Macau against a misguided approach

Hong Kong protest leaders request formal meeting with Beijing

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Fruitless talks with the Hong Kong government two weeks ago have led to an impasse and protest leaders now want to bypass the unpopular local administration altogether

PROTEST LEADERS. Hong Kong student leaders and one of the co-conveners of Occupy Central speak at a press briefing. Photo from EPA

Hong Kong activists mark one month of ‘Umbrella Movement’

Oct 28, 2014 - 2:03 PM

The protests are at something of an impasse The Chinese government shows no sign of backing down and protest leaders are unsure of how to achieve their goals

RE-LIVING SEPTMBER 28. In an evening rally planned for October 28 in Hong Kong, protesters are urged to wear the same masks and carry the same umbrellas they carried exactly a month earlier, when riot police shot volleys of tear gas at them. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP PHOTO

Botswana president re-elected despite opposition challenge

Oct 26, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Botswana President Ian Khama wins his second term after securing a majority vote for his party at the polls

HK's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover

Oct 25, 2014 - 11:26 AM

The game puts players on a protester barricade as it is charged by lines of police officers triad thugs angry locals and even the city s leader Leung Chun ying dressed as a wolf

Screengrab from YouTube

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Oct 21, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#OccupyCentral: The kids are alright

Oct 06, 2014 - 1:14 AM

The youth the main drivers of the movement seem ready to buckle down for the long haul even as anti Occupy sentiments threaten to destabilize the calm

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Oct 02, 2014 - 8:04 PM

6 out of 10 Filipinos say no to a second term for President Aquino Police chief Purisima says his Nueva Ecija property is not a mansion Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy government offices

'Show trial' of anti-government protesters begins in Turkey

Jun 12, 2014 - 9:43 PM

Around 26 members of the Taksim Solidarity umbrella group face lengthy prison terms for their part in leading the protests a year ago