Protests erupted in June 2019 across Hong Kong over a now-axed extradition bill. They escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment.


Families of Hongkong fugitives jailed on mainland are finally allowed to visit

Family members of two of the ten Hong Kong pro-democracy activists jailed in mainland China have been allowed to visit them for the first time since the group was arrested at sea last August while trying to escape to Taiwan by speedboat. The families of Li Tsz-yin and Kwok Tsz-lun completed their coronavirus quarantine on Monday […]

Hong Kong police arrest former student union president and 2 others over CUHK campus security protest

Hong Kong police have arrested three students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and searched three dormitories after a campus protest this month in which a security guard was taken to hospital. The arrests were made on Monday evening following the incident earlier this month during which masked individuals pushed down metal fences […]


When friends fall out: The messages that fuel mutual mistrust in Hong Kong

Last year, as the height of the Hong Kong protests, I received a message from an old friend in Hong Kong. For 20 years we had played tennis together and our families had always got on well. He forwarded to me a message alleging the Americans were behind the “riots’ and that key people in […]

Covid or covert? How Beijing concocted an election delay to reshape Hong Kong’s legislature

When Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the postponement of Hong Kong’s 2020 Legislative Council election, she cited the health risks posed by Covid-19. She made the announcement in late July, just as campaigning was about to get underway for the scheduled September 6 poll. The council is a local law-making body but since Hong Kong […]


Skin in the game: Hong Kong protesters facing security law see banned slogan tattoos as ‘last inch of freedom’

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters Eugene and Hong are determined to keep their tattoos depicting the now-illegal slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” They see their skin as the “last inch of freedom” remaining under the Beijing-enacted national security law. When Eugene carefully takes off his hoodie, a striking tattoo featuring the slogan and […]

Hong Kong District Councillor series: Security law soured gov’t attitude towards democrats says Beatrice Chu

Beatrice Chu, a pro-democracy district councillor for more than eight years, says Hong Kong’s new national security law has brought a marked change in official attitudes towards the councils, with some government bodies becoming increasingly unhelpful and condescending. Chu was elected to Tuen Mun District Council in 2012, after losing her first bid in 2008 […]

Hong Kong District Councillor series: Leticia Wong says she will do the most she can amid fears of ousting and arrests targeting democrats

Just over a year since she and hundreds of other democrats swept the board in Hong Kong’s district council elections, Leticia Wong is gloomy about the future — and unsure whether she can even escape arrest. Many see the November 2019 polls, in which democrats took control of 17 out of 18 councils, as Hong […]


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HKFP Lens: ‘The Nature of Water’ captures intense and intimate photojournalism from Hong Kong’s 2019 demos

The Nature of Water, a historic photojournalism and commentary book, captures the people, places and culture that shaped the 2019 anti-extradition law protests and the ultimate fate of Hong Kong. The title refers to the protesters’ self-proclaimed philosophy in the face of police action, inspired by the Bruce Lee quote – ”Be Water.” Over 50 photographers contributed to the book. “With intense and intimate photojournalism, protest artwork created by […]


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