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.



Cross currents in politics and history: Hong Kong democrats’ support for Donald Trump

Expressions of shock and dismay flew through cyberspace after Lee Yee, one of Apple Daily’s favourite columnists, published an opinion piece proclaiming his preference for United States President Donald Trump, who at the time was campaigning for a second term.  Apple Daily’s owner, Jimmy Lai, also declared himself unequivocally for Trump, saying that his dealings […]

How new US president can lead the free world in the pushback against China

We got there eventually. Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Despite a nail-biting election night, last Saturday Pennsylvania put the former-Vice President into the White House. Of course, by Friday we had figured that Biden would, in all likelihood, be the 46th President. Yet in order to avoid the ire of […]


Interview: University of Hong Kong student union chief says academic freedom can’t survive without institutional autonomy

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has seen numerous controversies in recent months, ranging from the firing of Umbrella Movement leader and law professor Benny Tai to the controversial appointment of two mainland Chinese scholars as vice-presidents. Student union chair Edy Jeh, who won a seat on HKU’s governing Council as an undergraduate representative earlier […]

In Pictures: Hong Kong PolyU ‘still besieged’ a year after violent campus protests

A former student of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) says the school is “still besieged” a year after violent clashes erupted on its campus during last year’s citywide protests. The Hung Hom-based university turned into one of the most brutal battlefields between police and pro-democracy demonstrators last November, leaving more than 300 people hospitalised […]

Taiwan escape room organisers apologise after outcry over game based on Hong Kong police protest ‘siege’ of PolyU campus

The organisers of an escape room game in Taiwan which is based on the Hong Kong Polytechnic siege – one of the most brutal episodes of last year’s protests – have apologised and closed it down after sparking an online outcry for “re-traumatising” Hongkongers. The activity was part of an exhibition about the unrest and […]


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HKFP Lens: Kiran Ridley’s photos on Hong Kong protests win top prize in the International Photography Awards

Photographer Kiran Ridley’s photo series on the protests that broke out in Hong Kong last year has won the top prize at the 2020 International Photography Awards in the editorial and press category. Based between Paris and London, Ridley previously covered the Gilets Jaunes protests in France, as well as the Australian bush fires last […]


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