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China National Day: Hong Kong police deploy in force, dozens arrested, as hundreds defy protest ban

Hong Kong police deployed in force across the city on Thursday in anticipation of unauthorised pro-democracy gatherings on the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. There was a heavy police presence in Causeway Bay outside of the SOGO shopping centre from the early afternoon, as officers stopped and searched members […]

National Day: Hong Kong police deploy livestream ‘presenters’ at protest sites after tightening controls on media

The Hong Kong Police Force has deployed live “presenters” during their Facebook live-streams at protest sites after tightening media recognition rules last week. Thousands of police officers were deployed in anticipation of city-wide demonstrations on Thursday – China National Day. Some riot police officers were spotted with GoPro action cameras, whilst Police Public Relations Branch […]

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‘We have done what we need to do’: Activist-scholar Benny Tai reflects on Hong Kong’s democracy movement on Occupy anniversary

Six years ago this Monday, tens of thousands of protesters poured onto a major road in Admiralty – the heart of Hong Kong – as police fired volleys of tear gas. It was the start of a 79-day blockade of major roads, with tents replacing traffic, which sparked international awareness and interest in Hong Kong’s […]

Hong Kong’s rainbow ‘fashion masks’ fly off the shelves to ease pandemic gloom

Amid the coronavirus gloom afflicting many Hong Kong retailers, one business is bucking the trend – by offering colourful individualised facemasks to cheer up customers in a fashion-obsessed city. Masklab, a Hong Kong-based mask production company, opened a bricks-and-mortar store in Jordan district last Saturday. Since then, thousands of people have flocked to the pop-up […]

8 key protest moments captured by freelance and student journalists

Hong Kong police announced a controversial decision on Tuesday to redefine “media representatives” as government-registered and “internationally recognised” agencies, newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations. Press cards issued by local journalist groups would no longer be accepted as valid accreditation. The force said the proposed change to the Police General Orders would help facilitate frontline […]

Hong Kong protesters see Mulan as freedom fighter tarnished by Disney, but whose side was she really on?

By Sebastian Skov Andersen and Philip Naudus For months leading up to its release, protesters in Hong Kong urged the world to #BoycottMulan, Disney’s new live action movie adaptation of the millennium-old Chinese folk tale.  The calls quickly spread to other Asian destinations such as Thailand and Taiwan, where activists are fighting to introduce or […]

Protest anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ will survive despite tough new security law and ban in schools, composer says

Glory to Hong Kong – a song which won fame worldwide as the anthem of the city’s pro-democracy protest movement – is one year old. And its composer believes it will always resonate with Hongkongers, despite an outright ban in schools following the enactment of a sweeping national security law. On September 8 last year, […]

In Pictures: Hong Kong’s June 4 Museum will continue to preserve ‘historical truth’, says veteran activist Lee Cheuk-yan

Hong Kong’s museum commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre has reopened after a two-month shutdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Veteran activist Lee Cheuk-yan has told HKFP that it will continue to preserve “historical truth” despite shifting red lines under the Beijing-enacted national security law. Operated by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic […]

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Asian activists boycott Disney’s ‘Mulan’ citing China’s nationalist propaganda, censorship and police brutality

By Oiwan Lam Activists from a number of Asian countries are calling for the boycott of the film “Mulan,” released by Disney on September 4, on the grounds that production’s lead actor, Liu Yi Fei, has publicly expressed support for the police crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong. The latest release from Disney, “Mulan” is an […]

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