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HK journalists faced 'unprecedented' assaults during protests – watchdog

Jul 12, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Hong Kong Journalists Association: It was a range of assaults from getting hit by water bottles to being punched and kicked Some have got their cameras pushed down and dragged onto the floor

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. Alex Hofford/EPA

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 leader assails 'uncivilized' critics

Apr 23, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The election proposal triggers a backlash from pro democracy lawmakers and student leaders and is slammed by Human Rights Watch

Hong Kong Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary, Raymond Tam (2L), Hong Kong Chief Secretary, Carrie Lam (L), Hong Kong Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying (R) and Hong Kong Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen (2R) are seen at a press conference to announce the launch of the Hong Kong government's political reform package, Hong Kong, China, April 22, 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

HK govt unveils vote plan, no concessions to pro-democrats

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:54 AM

UPDATED Deputy leader Carrie Lam says the first ever public vote for the post of chief executive in 2017 will be held in strict compliance with a ruling by China s National People s Congress last August

In this file photo, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's Secretary for Administration, speaks at a press conference to promote the Hong Kong government's controversial second round of public consultation on the method for selecting the Chief Executive of Hong Kong by universal suffrage, Hong Kong, China, January 7, 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Britain says Hong Kong may yet take 'meaningful' step to democracy

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Philip Hammond says Beijing s August decision is clearly more restrictive than anticipated but echoes the Hong Kong government s stance that a restricted vote is better than no vote at all

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, 15 August 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Protests blamed as Hong Kong misses growth targets

Feb 25, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Finance secretary John Tsang says local industries had been damaged by more than two months of pro democracy protests

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, 15 August 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

HK delegates to China's parliament seek mainland security laws

Feb 22, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Two Hong Kong delegates to China s parliament are pushing to implement mainland security laws months after pro democracy protesters shut down major parts of the Chinese controlled city

BACK IN THE STREETS. Protesters from Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement march through the streets calling for genuine universal suffrage, Hong Kong, China, 01 February 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong 'wolf' tells people to be 'like sheep' after year of protests

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Leung Chun ying: In the coming year I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong s future

In this file photo, Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong

Feb 01, 2015 - 10:18 AM

UPDATED Organizer: Today s protest wasn t a small one It was smaller than we expected but it s wrong to say Hong Kongers have given in to fake democracy

BACK IN THE STREETS. Protesters from Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement march through the streets calling for genuine universal suffrage, Hong Kong, China, 01 February 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders arrested

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Occupy Central founder Benny Tai and 2 protest leaders are later released after 3 hours without charge Some call the ongoing police probe into mass protests as harrassment

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong on October 26, 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong protest 'graffiti teen' allowed to stay with family

Jan 19, 2015 - 12:40 PM

Authorities have been seeking a care and protection order for the teenager which could have seen her taken away from her deaf father in a case which has sparked concern over the targeting of minors by the authorities

A general view of the Admiralty camp, occupied by pro-democracy supporters for over two months, in Hong Kong, China, in this file photo taken December 10 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

HK protest leader accuses gov't of harassment with arrests

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:43 PM

Several protest leaders have been summoned in recent days over offences relating to the mass protests that shut down parts of the city late 2014 only to be released in what lawyers have condemned as a potential abuse of process

TENSIONS. In this file photo, government officials (center R) cut down a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 15, 2014. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong student leaders arrested, released without charge

Jan 16, 2015 - 5:09 PM

Hong Kong student leaders including the teenage face of the pro democracy movement Joshua Wong were arrested on charges relating to mass protests but were released without charges

In this file photo, Hong Kong student leaders Joshua Wong (C) and Alex Chow (R) attend a press conference at a pro-democracy protest site next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 4, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

Hong Kong leader takes hard line on public vote in key speech

Jan 14, 2015 - 3:26 PM

CY Leung makes no concessions to protesters and questioned their understanding of the intricacies of politics in the semi autonomous Chinese city

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung delivers his annual policy address to the city's Legislative Council, Hong Kong, China, 14 January 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong campaigners announce major democracy rally

Jan 12, 2015 - 7:41 PM

The Civil Human Rights Front – an alliance of groups from political parties to student protesters – says Monday that it will organize a march on February 1 through the city center

File photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong law enforcement does it Beijing’s way

Jan 08, 2015 - 3:02 PM

Disturbing cases indicate SAR’s leaders are looking north too much for guidance

A general view of the Admiralty camp, occupied by pro-democracy supporters for over two months, in Hong Kong, China, December 10 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong takes next step on political reform

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED While the government bills the reform process as historic campaigners brand it fake democracy and hold little hope for meaningful changes

CLOCK TICKING. Pro-democracy activists release yellow balloons on New Year's Eve in front of the Times Square shopping mall, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China, 31 December 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong leader warns against protests ahead of reform talks

Jan 06, 2015 - 1:39 PM

Pro democracy campaigners are pessimistic that any meaningful proposals will be on the table

In this file photo, Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong protest teen sent to children's home

Dec 30, 2014 - 6:44 PM

The girl is detained by police for chalking a flower on the Lennon Wall a staircase at the main Admiralty protest site which became plastered with brightly coloured notes of support for the democracy 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

Hong Kong police arrest democracy protesters after clash

Dec 25, 2014 - 12:58 PM

A dozen of pro democracy protesters are arrested by the Hong Kong police after a night of clashes

FOR DEMOCRACY. Pro-democracy protesters flash lights during a rally to protest the violence seen in Mong Kok, in Hong Kong, China, 04 October 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has called on pro-democracy protesters to end their blockade of major roads by 06 October adding that the government will take 'all necessary measures to restore social order.' The ultimatum came as pro-democracy protesters and their opponents skirmished after a night of clashes that reportedly injured at least eighteen people. Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

HK leader declares Occupy protest 'over' as last site cleared

Dec 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED Demonstrators feel their lengthy occupation has put the democracy movement on the map with Beijing and the local administration

TORN DOWN. Government officials (center R) cut down a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 15, 2014. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong police dismantle protest site

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:24 AM

UPDATED Hundreds of police move in from all sides of the Admiralty camp in the heart of the business district as a few hundred remain in the center despite being ordered to leave or face arrest

DISPERSAL TIME. This general view shows the remaining tents and pro-democracy protesters at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 11, 2014. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

HK protesters say 'we'll be back' as police swoop looms

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:23 PM

Police will clear the Admiralty camp on Thursday December 11 opening traffic once more on a multi lane highway through the heart of the business district

STREET VIGIL. A pro-democracy student sits in his tent at the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong camp as people walk past in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China, December 9, 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

Police prepare to clear Hong Kong protest sites

Dec 09, 2014 - 11:26 AM

A High Court ruling published Tuesday morning calls for the clearance of three sections of the main Admiralty protest site in the heart of Hong Kong s business district

OUT SOON? A pro-democracy student sits outside his tent at the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong camp in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China, 03 December 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

Hong Kong protest leader: Block government, not roads

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Benny Tai says the movement has now run its course and warns that protesters now risk further violent clashes with police if they stay in their camps

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders turn themselves in to police

Dec 03, 2014 - 3:22 PM

2ND UPDATE But student protesters who have launched a hunger strike vow they will continue suffering pain for justice

Pro-democracy activists Benny Tai (C) holds hands with Chan Kin-man (L) and Chu Yiu-ming (R) at the end of a press conference in Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hong Kong protest founders to 'surrender', urge students to retreat

Dec 02, 2014 - 3:31 PM

UPDATED As we prepare to surrender we three urge the students to retreat – to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

British MPs have 'every right' to visit Hong Kong

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:35 AM

The British parliament will now hold an emergency debate on the incident on Tuesday December 2 further marring efforts to reset relations between Britain and China

FORCE. Pro-democracy protesters lift barricade reinforcements up onto an escalator near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 1, 2014. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong students on hunger strike want government to talk

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Joshua Wong: We are hoping that after the hunger strike we have a chance to speak with government officials openly

Pro-democracy leaders (L-R) Benny Tai, Joshua Wong and Alan Leong arrive at a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

China defends block on British MPs' Hong Kong trip

Dec 01, 2014 - 6:45 PM

China s foreign ministry says the situation in the city falls within China s domestic affairs and insists foreign countries had no right to interfere

Police move in to clear pro-democracy protesters from Lung Wo Road, next to the Hong Kong Chief Executive's Office, part of the Central Government Office complex that the protesters are trying to surround, in Hong Kong, China, 1 December 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong leader says protests 'in vain' after violent clashes

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:46 PM

CY Leung: Now the public demand for police clearance is increasing From now on police will enforce the law without hesitation

In this file photo, Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong students face pepper spray, police batons

Dec 01, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Police say they have no other choice as students storm government HQ; Demonstrators now fear that police will try to clear Admiralty where hundreds of tents block a multi lane highway through the heart of the financial district

VIOLENCE. Police use batons against pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 1, 2014. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Tensions soar after clashes in Hong Kong

Nov 30, 2014 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED Tearful protesters are forced from the government site and roads are cleared for traffic but government offices remain closed with the de facto parliament suspended

Demonstrators attend a pro-democracy rally in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on November 30, 2014. Protesters want free elections in 2017 for Hong Kong's leader, whom Beijing says must be vetted through a loyalist committee. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Amnesty warns against 'excessive force' by HK police

Nov 29, 2014 - 9:28 AM

Amnesty International says the clearing operation in a major protest site earlier this week had seen unjustifiable force against protesters bystanders and journalists

EXCESSIVE FORCE? Hong Kong police officers form a line in the street before arresting pro-democracy protesters after an injunction was enforced to clear a part of the occupy Mong Kong protest zone, Hong Kong, China, November 25, 2014. File photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

HK police reopen main road after clearing protest camp

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:49 AM

2ND UPDATE Hong Kong police reopen Nathan Road in Mongkok district after completing their clearing operations

READY. A member of the police (C) holds a pepper spray hose as he and his colleagues take part in the clearance of a major pro-democracy protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 26, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hong Kong police arrest 80, spray protesters at site

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:49 PM

UPDATED A police spokeswoman says the arrests in Mongkok district are made for criminal contempt of a court order requiring the clearing of the street for assaulting police and for unlawful assembly

DISPERSING DEMONSTRATORS. Police move forward to disperse demonstrators at a pro-democracy protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 25, 2014. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hong Kong authorities start clearing Mongkok protest site

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Dozens of bailiffs backed by more than 100 police officers stand guard as workers clear makeshift barriers obstructing part of a busy shopping street in Mongkok

Bailiffs (white hats) remove barricades set up by pro-democracy protesters, under a court injunction in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 25, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters attempt parliament break-in

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED Around 100 police used pepper spray and batons as they battled hundreds of protesters some in helmets and waving umbrellas in an angry confrontation that broke out in the early hours

Pro-democracy protesters face police on November 19, 2014 outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Alex Ogle/AFP

H.K. protest leaders stopped from flying to Beijing

Nov 15, 2014 - 5:40 PM

The Hong Kong democracy protest leaders hope to bring their demands for political reforms to Chinese authories

Pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong and Alex Chow march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, China on November 9, 2014. Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong authorities plan to take action at protest sites

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:49 PM

Deputy leader Carrie Lam warns there is currently no room for negotiations between the authorities and protesters

Pro-democracy demonstrators give a thumb down to pro-China supporters during march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Sheung Wan district, Hong Kong, China, 09 November 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters march to China office

Nov 09, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Protest leaders are also mulling a trip to Beijing to press Chinese officials more directly

Pro-democracy demonstrators give a thumb down to pro-China supporters during march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Sheung Wan district, Hong Kong, China, 09 November 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

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

'Times have changed' China tells Hong Kong's last British governor

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:47 PM

Chris Patten who oversaw the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule in 1997 says Beijing was wrong to insist the situation in the territory was nothing to do with London

File photo of Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, by Georgi Likovski/ EPA

Anger in Hong Kong as protesters compared to slaves

Nov 01, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Laura Cha a prominent businesswoman compares Hong Kong protesters to African American slaves and asks why they cannot wait for a while to win the freedoms they are seeking

Pro-democracy protesters open their umbrellas for 87 seconds, marking the 87 rounds of tear gas that were fired by the Hong Kong police at unarmed student protesters in exactly the same location one month ago (28 October 2014). Photo by Alex Hofford/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

Hong Kong protest vote on next steps halted

Oct 26, 2014 - 5:24 PM

With Beijing insisting that candidates for the 2017 vote must be vetted by a loyalist committee – an arrangement the protesters deride as fake democracy – there is no end to the stalemate in sight

HOND KONG. 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

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

Hong Kong protesters to hold street vote

Oct 24, 2014 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED The purpose of the poll is to provide a way for the participants of the umbrella movement to respond to suggestions provided by the government and to pressure the authorities

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

UN watchdog faults Hong Kong on reforms

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:47 AM

The UN Human Rights Committee criticizes the lack of a clear plan to institute universal suffrage and to ensure the right of all persons to vote and to stand for election without unreasonable limitations

Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with riot policeman during an Occupy Central demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 18 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA