In June, Beijing enacted laws to prevent, stop and punish behaviour in Hong Kong that it deemed a threat to national security. The legislation was inserted into the city’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – following a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalised subversion, secession, foreign interference and inference with transportation and other infrastructure. The move – which gave police sweeping new powers – alarmed democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China.


‘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 anti-graft body probes district councillor over refusal to assist supporters of Article 23 security law

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption body has investigated a pro-democracy district councillor after he vowed to refuse assistance to citizens who support the enactment of the Article 23 national security law, the politician revealed in a Facebook post. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) staff questioned Islands District Council member Wong Chun-yeung on Wednesday about his Facebook […]


Hong Kong academic freedom – is it ‘safe’ or ‘dead’ under the national security law?

Since the arrival of the so-called national security law on June 30, the issue of academic freedom in Hong Kong has occupied the minds of many – is it safe or is it dead? Academic freedom is not as straightforward a matter as one might think. Professor Peter Baehr of Lingnan University wrote in HKFP: “Academic freedom […]

Back to the beginning: Is there still space in Hong Kong for a moderate middle way?

The national security law was promulgated by Beijing and went into effect here on June 30.  The demolition of Hong Kong’s democracy movement began soon afterwards, with the political vetting and disqualification of virtually all the top-tier democrats who had planned to contest the Legislative Council election originally scheduled for September 6. Many activists have […]


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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