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.


In Pictures: Hongkongers commemorate Tiananmen Massacre at solidarity rally for detained protesters

Pro-democracy protesters gathered outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on Wednesday night, where demonstrators arrested in connection with Hong Kong’s almost year-long anti-extradition law movement are being detained. The crowd lit candles and sang songs to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, where the military’s intervention against a student-led movement in Beijing resulted in hundreds, […]


Is yellow the new black? Why Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters targeted I.T fashion group

Last Sunday, protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since plans for a new national security law were announced. They targeted I.T, one of Hong Kong’s most established multi-brand fashion stores and retail conglomerates, and specifically its Comme des Garçons and Bathing Ape outlet in Causeway Bay. Protesters weren’t retaliating […]

How Beijing’s plan to alter Hong Kong’s Basic Law will alter Sino-American relations

China’s single-party legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), has announced it will modify Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which can be seen as the city’s constitution. The draft legislation came at a time where protests were set to resume, and the Hong Kong Legislative Council was in the process of forcing similar legislation to a vote. […]


Exclusive: Cartoonist Badiucao says satire is the ‘temporary aspirin’ that can heal Hong Kong’s protest trauma

Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao has told HKFP that the power of political satire comes from deconstructing authority and it can act as a “temporary painkiller” for Hongkongers traumatised by the ongoing pro-democracy protests. In an exclusive live-streamed interview, the cartoonist shared his thoughts on the role of art in social movements and spoke of how humour […]

Exclusive: ‘Strategic positivity’ needed to confront Beijing on world stage, says rights law expert Sharon Hom

Human rights law expert Sharon Hom has told HKFP that “strategic positivity” is needed to confront Beijing on the world stage, and activists should not give up on imperfect platforms such the UN. In an exclusive interview live-streamed on Facebook, the executive director of Human Rights in China said that the global Covid-19 pandemic had […]

Canadian universities face student backlash over Hong Kong police job ads

Job postings for the Hong Kong Police Force have appeared on student job boards of three Canadian universities, according to pro-democracy student groups who have tried to get the postings removed. Hogan Lam, an active member of the University of Toronto Hong Kong Extradition Law Awareness Group, said the job posting “doesn’t make sense” as […]


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HKFP Lens: Hong Kong police round up hundreds of youngsters in protest crackdown

Hong Kong police fired pepper pellets in the central business district and arrested almost 300 people in Causeway Bay, Central and Mong Kok on Wednesday after protesters gathered in opposition to the national anthem law and national security law. The day began with a stop-and-search security operation at the legislature in Admiralty – HKFP’s May James was […]

HKFP Lens: Defiance & voices – frontline photography from the Hong Kong protests

Large-scale protests erupted last June over a now-axed extradition bill that would have enabled fugitive transfers to mainland China. For the entirety of the unrest — from the early, vast marches to the violent police arrests to the vandalism and the eventual ballot box victory — some of the world’s best local and international photographers […]


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