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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

Hong Kong elections showed 'great spirit', says dissident artist

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:49 AM

'I think that great spirit was shown.... That's how powerful democracy is,' says Badiucao, an Australia-based Chinese dissident artist

Chinese state media urge Hong Kongers to 'vote to end violence'

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The big turnout is widely expected to benefit democratic forces

An anti-government protester uses a blanket as he walks to ambulances outside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) after being barricaded inside for days, in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 20, 2019. Dozens of pro-democracy protesters remained holed up inside the besieged Hong Kong university campus for a fourth straight day on November 20 as supporters took up online calls to disrupt the city’s train network in a bid to distract police. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Protests drive record poll turnout in Hong Kong

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The selection of 452 councillors – handling community-level concerns such as bus routes and garbage collection – takes on new significance following months of political unrest

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong protests: No firm leadership leading to no end

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Undoubtedly, police are stretched and protester numbers on the frontline are smaller. But the demonstrations are at a stage that gives you a shudder.

Photos by Tommy Walker

Hong Kong protests slacken ahead of closely watched poll

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Postings by pro-democracy users on the internet urge voters to go to polling stations early and for supporters 'not to jeopardize the election'

Student shot by Hong Kong police urges voter turnout

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Chow Pak-kwan says he hopes 'Hong Kong people can cast their votes to earn more democracy in a peaceful way'

First-aid workers slam medic arrests at Hong Kong campus

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:19 PM

'If you saw ambulancemen, kneeling with their hands behind their back, and zip-ties around their wrists, you would be rightfully outraged,' city doctor Darren Mann tells the press

MEDICS. A medic leads a demonstrator to a waiting ambulance outside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where dozens of pro-democracy protesters remain holed up inside, in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

WATCH: Protesters hold out at Hong Kong PolyU

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Resistance continues in this part of the city despite the arrest of some protesters

WATCH: Hong Kong PolyU chaos spills into Kowloon district

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Protesters pushed the police back from different angles, with a barrage of Molotov cocktails and projectiles as their weapons

Singapore deports Hong Konger over protest discussion

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:17 AM

'Singapore has always been clear that foreigners should not advocate their political causes in Singapore, through public assemblies, and other prohibited means,' says a police statement

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. A dwindling core of hardline protesters held their ground November 21 at a Hong Kong university besieged for days by police, as the US passed a bill lauding the city's pro-democracy movement, setting up a likely clash between Washington and Beijing.  Philip FONG / AFP

Hong Kong rights bill clears US Congress, heads to Trump

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:13 AM

The White House says US President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure

People are detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze November 18 to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons.  DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Sewer campus escape bid by Hong Kong protesters ends in arrest

Nov 21, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Dozens of diehard pro-democracy protesters are believed to still be inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, running out of supplies and options to avoid the police cordon around the campus

An anti-government protester uses a blanket as he walks to ambulances outside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) after being barricaded inside for days, in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 20, 2019. Dozens of pro-democracy protesters remained holed up inside the besieged Hong Kong university campus for a fourth straight day on November 20 as supporters took up online calls to disrupt the city’s train network in a bid to distract police. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Diehards hold out at Hong Kong campus as foreign pressure rises

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:19 PM

The standoff between demonstrators and police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University ripples overseas, with the UN's human rights office urging a peaceful resolution

NEEDING WARMTH. Protesters covered with blankets and thermal blankets are helped out from the campus by medics inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after being barricaded inside for days in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Fake news amplifies fear and confusion in Hong Kong

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Using half-truths, carefully-edited video, and selective reporting, both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps push their own protest narrative

ON THE STREETS. People clear up debris from along a street in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on November 19, 2019, near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where students remain after days of protests. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATED) China shoots back that it would 'have to take strong countermeasures to defend our national sovereignty, security and development interests' if the US carried on making 'wrong decisions'

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

Hong Kong university protesters defy surrender warnings

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Fearing arrest or being shot at by police, a dwindling number of protesters remain huddle inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University as night fell

SUPPORT. People hold placards and mobile phones as they gather to pray for the students who are barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University at Salisbury garden in Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on November 19, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

China says only it can rule on Hong Kong constitution

Nov 19, 2019 - 4:00 PM

On Twitter, democracy activist Joshua Wong sees the NPC statement as a warning it would reinterpret Hong Kong's constitution. 'When the state loses, she changes the rules of game,' Wong says.

Hong Kong leader says campus protesters must surrender

Nov 19, 2019 - 12:54 PM

In her first public comments on the siege at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Carrie Lam says she believed around 100 people remained at the campus, surrounded by police who were trying to quell the unrest

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on November 19, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong university protesters defy surrender warnings

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:29 AM

(UPDATED) The stand-off is the most intense and prolonged of Hong Kong's pro-democracy crisis, which has seen millions take to the streets since June to voice anger at China eroding the territory's freedoms

ESCAPE. A protester lowers himself down a rope from a bridge to a highway, to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus and from police, in Hung Hom district in Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong anti-mask law 'unconstitutional' – High court

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The restrictions it imposes on fundamental rights... go further than is reasonably necessary... and therefore fail to meet the proportionality test,' the court says, according to a press summary

DEFIANCE. Pro-democracy protesters participate in a rally as they march through Hong Kong's Wanchai district on November 2, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

Hong Kong police officer hit by arrow as protesters dig in at campus

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:42 PM

(4th UPDATE) Demonstrators vow online to continue their 'Blossom Everywhere' campaign of blockades and vandalism across the semi-autonomous financial hub

ON CAMPUS. A protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by police at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 17, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Chinese soldiers leave Hong Kong barracks in rare clean-up cameo

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Political analyst Dixon Sing says the rare appearance could be a 'hint' to protesters that China can still use the People's Liberation Army in a 'more naked manner' at the rallies

CHINA ARMY. A member of China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) stands guard inside Osborn Barracks in Kowloon Tong in Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Gov't supporters march in Hong Kong after week of chaos

Nov 16, 2019 - 5:39 PM

A group of around 500 people, mostly middle-aged and senior citizens, rally outside the Hong Kong government's headquarters to show support for the police

Supporters of the Hong Kong Police Force participate in a pro-law enforcement rally outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. China's President Xi Jinping warned November 14 that protests in Hong Kong threaten the "one country, two systems" principle governing the semi-autonomous city that has tipped into worsening violence with two dead in a week. Ye Aung THU / AFP

DFA: No need to evacuate Filipinos in Hong kong 'at this time'

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs assures the public that Filipinos 'remain safe and largely unaffected' by the Hong Kong protests

5 MONTHS AND COUNTING. Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in Hong Kong early on November 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

Hong Kong: 5 months of unrest

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

In a week when the crisis entered a new phase of worsening violence, here is a recap of 5 months of unrest

A man carries a miniature statue as protesters and supporters gather outside the entrance to the West Kowloon Court in Hong Kong on October 2, 2019, where some 96 protesters arrested and charged with rioting during clashes with police on September 29 were to make an appearance in court. - Spontaneous flash-mob rallies broke out in Hong Kong on October 2 as anger mounted over police shooting a teenage protester who attacked officers in a dramatic escalation of the violent unrest that has engulfed the territory for months. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)