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

National security police arrest 2 Hong Kong men for allegedly publishing seditious social media posts

Two men have been arrested by police officers from Hong Kong’s National Security Department on suspicion of “doing an act or acts with seditious intention,” police have said. The pair, aged 18 and 29, were apprehended in Kwai Tsing and Sham Shui Po, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities searched their homes and seized electronic communication…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

What John Lee as chief executive might mean for Hong Kong

Pro-establishment voices have indicated that the central government prefers a one-candidate race for chief executive, and that Chief Secretary John Lee fits the bill. Lee’s loyalty has been battle-tested. Choosing him signals that the Chinese Communist Party is not confident about security in Hong Kong. It also lets us know that the central government continues…

Beijing, Britain, pan-democrats or localists: Who is to blame for the death of Hong Kong’s democracy movement?

Beijing must surely be held responsible for the death sentence imposed on Hong Kong’s democracy movement in 2020. That year, the national security law was promulgated by the central government on June 30 and went into effect immediately. Its letter and spirit have since been used by the local authorities – government, police, and the…

FEATURES

Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 25

In July, Hong Kong’s last active pro-democracy protest group came under fire. Activists who had been in hiding for almost two years were arrested. Former leaders of a defunct pro-democracy group pleaded not guilty to charges under the national security law. An independent book fair was axed. A UN committee urged Hong Kong to scrap…

The Hong Kong returnees who want to leave again

It is rare for an education-obsessed Asian mother to let her child drop out of classes in the middle of a school year. But in April, Pauline Choy took her 14-year-old daughter out of secondary school and let her stay home. The teenager is enjoying an extra-long summer holiday before leaving Hong Kong to study…

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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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