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

Hong Kong police have no plans to ban use of chokeholds despite global controversy

Hong Kong’s security chief has said the city’s police force has no current plans to stop officers from using chokeholds when arresting people. It came amid a worldwide controversy over such practices following the death of African-American man George Floyd in US police custody in May. Lawmaker Eddie Chu submitted questions regarding two Hongkongers who […]

No-one in Hong Kong schools should ‘hold any activities to express their political stance,’ says education chief, as protest song banned

Hong Kong Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung has said that no one in schools should “hold any activities to express their political stance,” and schools must not allow students to play, sing or broadcast the protest song Glory to Hong Kong on campuses. In a written reply to lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen’s questions regarding students’ freedom […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

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 […]

FEATURES

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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FRONTLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

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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