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.


Activists in UK seek private prosecution of British expatriate cops over Hong Kong protest ‘torture’

UK-based activists are seeking to fund a private prosecution against British expatriate police officers over allegations of torture during the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Watch activist Luke de Pulford and pro-democracy activist Nathan Law previously launched an investigation into British senior police officers in the Hong Kong force. Specialist private prosecution […]

US to sanction Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam citing curtailment of freedoms – report

The US is set to impose sanctions against Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam citing the curtailment of freedoms in the city, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Citing three sources familiar with the matter, the US outlet reported that US President Donald Trump is expected to take action as soon as Friday. Other Communist Party officials […]


When That Day Comes: South Korea’s 1987 triumph can give Hong Kong hope

This June, our nation mourned the one-year anniversary of the death of a protester who lost his life during the still on-going resistance movement in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, South Koreans commemorated the 33rd anniversary of their triumphant democratisation movement.   Despite police suppression and intimidation, tens of thousands of Hongkongers queued up for hours on […]

UK MP Stewart McDonald: Britain must resist China’s repression in Hong Kong

By Stewart McDonald We stand at a crossroads in history, where the clarion call post-pandemic is to readdress our relations with China and reaffirm our commitment to Hong Kong. The pandemic – like lightning in the dark of the night – illuminates the sinister workings of the Chinese Communist Party that have always existed but […]


From ‘violent attack’ to ‘gang fight’: How the official account of the Yuen Long mob attack changed over a year

Exactly a year ago on July 21, over 100 rod-wielding men – with connections to triad members – stormed the Yuen Long MTR station, indiscriminately attacking civilians. Among the 45 people injured were journalists, protesters, commuters and Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting. Several other beatings took place in the area, as white-clad men with sticks […]

Students shocked as prestigious art college SCAD closes Hong Kong campus

By Samantha Chan Just a ten-minute walk from the buzzing flea market and working-class neighbourhood in Sham Shui Po, there stands the Hong Kong campus of the US private art school Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). On a regular Wednesday afternoon, the artistic haven is usually flooded with soft chattering and muffled voices […]

Explainer: From ‘five demands’ to ‘independence’ – the evolution of Hong Kong’s protest slogans

What began as a handful of familiar chants against an extradition agreement with China escalated into calls for democratic reform and, eventually, independence. HKFP looks at how a year-long stream of protest slogans evolved to reflect changing protester attitudes. The near-ubiquitous rallying cry “liberate Hong Kong; the revolution of our times” was first coined in […]


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HKFP Lens: Photojournalist Dominic Chiu’s Hong Kong protest juxtapositions

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests which erupted last June over an ill-fated extradition bill. Photojournalist Dominic Chiu captured significant moments over the past year where words and pictures met, often creating accidental and intentional juxtapositions. “A year of unrest has passed for Hong Kong,” Chiu told HKFP. “During […]


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