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

Brick roadblocks used in Hong Kong protests win design award

Improvised roadblocks composed of three bricks stacked into an arch were ubiquitous during Hong Kong’s 2019 anti-government protests and have now won an award in the People’s Choice category at the Beazley Design of the Year 2020 Awards. The simple design prevents the advance of vehicles as the brick on top of the structure falls […]

How Hong Kong’s government sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind

Growing up, I was a shy and withdrawn child and avoided crossing any lines. During my school  years I did not once receive a detention. The people I was drawn to were mostly quiet like  me. We did not smoke. We enjoyed reading, playing sports and building model kits. An exciting  night out was to […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

A Hong Kong law against fake news begs the question: who gets to decide what is false?

The new-look legislature, without opposition, without pan-Democrats and without the limited democratic legitimacy which surrounded its predecessor, is now with us, and will remain with us until September at the earliest. Further postponements of the elections cannot be ruled out. Our Imperial Big Brother does not love elections. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam, timed her […]

Clubhouse app brought a brief flowering of détente – until Beijing clamped down

For about a week in early February, there was a burst of excitement about Clubhouse, an invitation-only app offering audio chats. Chinese-language salons involved thousands of people from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan discussing political and other topics. Sadly, but not surprisingly, this came to an end on February 8 when Clubhouse was banned in […]

FEATURES

How letter campaigns are giving Hong Kong’s jailed protesters courage to carry on

As he prepared for prison, Hing’s boyfriend Kwan was fearful of becoming isolated from the world while in custody awaiting trial for a protest-related offence. The couple decided to set up an Instagram account in which Hing would share excerpts from Kwan’s letters with friends, so they could learn about his life behind bars through […]

‘He really loves his country, I really love my city’: When former protesters from Hong Kong’s 1967 and 2019 unrest met

By Teele Rebane Anna is a 15-year-old who often found herself on the frontlines of the 2019 pro-democracy protests and unrest. Peter Tsang Yu-hung, now a 70-year-old retiree, was arrested for illegal assembly in 1967 when he was 16 and sentenced to a year behind bars.  Over the past half-century Hong Kong has gone from […]

‘Here to help’: Hong Kong exiles strive to win hearts and minds in Taiwan

After a cold snap sent temperatures plunging across Taiwan in January, contributing to the death of over 100 mostly elderly people, a group of Taipei-based Hongkongers came together to distribute supplies to help the local community keep warm. On the steps of the September Cha Chaan Teng, a “yellow” Hong Kong-style diner in central Taipei […]

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FRONTLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

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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