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.

LATEST NEWS & VIEWS ON THE 2019 PROTEST MOVEMENT

Former Hong Kong lawmaker’s disclosure of probe into police officer over 2019 Yuen Long attacks was not illegal – defence

Former lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting did not break the law with his comments about a senior police officer’s role in the July 2019 Yuen Long mob attack, his lawyer told a court, saying Lam has no case to answer over charges of disclosing a probe by Hong Kong’s anti-graft body. The democrat, 44, in April denied…

Education sector polls hopeful backs amnesty for minors convicted over Hong Kong’s 2019 protests

A candidate running for the seat on the Legislative Council (LegCo) reserved for the education sector has said she would support granting amnesty to minors convicted of charges related to the 2019 protests and unrest. And four of the five hopefuls in the sector said they would object to installing surveillance cameras in classrooms to…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Taiwan is on the frontline of confrontation with China, but will Beijing ever wage war?

China’s dramatic rise over the last several decades has ramifications for the world in almost every conceivable area, from economic globalisation and climate change to human rights, democracy and national security. Few places are more susceptible to China’s newfound power and associated ambitions than Taiwan, the democratically ruled society that Beijing considers to be a…

How Hong Kong’s finance chief joined the chorus on painting the 2019 uprising as a US plot

Since Beijing officials have described Hong Kong as first and foremost an “economic city,” it follows that the local official responsible for such matters should present the follow-up case with local detail. Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po issued his Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environment in tandem with Beijing’s September 24 Fact Sheet,…

FEATURES

Exclusive: Hongkongers are on the right side of history, says artist Ai Weiwei – ‘I am very proud of them’

Hong Kong artists can still find ways to express themselves despite the challenges posed by growing political censorship, leading Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei believes. After years of delay, the city is set to open its M+ museum, touted as Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, on November 12 as part of the…

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FRONTLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

HKFP Lens: Hong Kong press group announces winners of news photo contest

The Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA) announced the winners of its annual news photo contest “Focus at the Frontline” on Sunday. Ming Pao Weekly’s Tan Chi-wing won Photo of the Year award with a picture of the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon, with what appeared to be stars projected on the building exterior,…

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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