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 independence activist Edward Leung released after serving 4 years in jail

Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung has been released from prison on Lantau Island, after spending four years at a top security facility for taking part in a riot in 2016. The 30-year-old activist’s release comes as over 150 have been arrested under the Beijing-imposed national security law, enacted in 2020, which criminalises acts and…

Hong Kong fitness coach given suspended 21-day sentence for posts wishing death upon police officer during 2019 protests

A 35-year-old man has been handed a suspended sentence by a Hong Kong court over two online posts he made during the 2019 protests, in which he referred to police as “bastards” and wished death upon them. Edward Sung, a fitness coach, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating a court injunction that bans the posting…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Taiwan is on the frontline of confrontation with China, but will Beijing ever wage war?

China’s dramatic rise over the last several decades has ramifications for the world in almost every conceivable area, from economic globalisation and climate change to human rights, democracy and national security. Few places are more susceptible to China’s newfound power and associated ambitions than Taiwan, the democratically ruled society that Beijing considers to be a…

How Hong Kong’s finance chief joined the chorus on painting the 2019 uprising as a US plot

Since Beijing officials have described Hong Kong as first and foremost an “economic city,” it follows that the local official responsible for such matters should present the follow-up case with local detail. Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po issued his Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environment in tandem with Beijing’s September 24 Fact Sheet,…

FEATURES

Interview: Nixie Lam stands firm for ‘One Country’ in Hong Kong’s first ‘patriots-only’ election

As one of only a few pro-Beijing figures in Hong Kong to have spoken in the august halls of the United Nations, Nixie Lam, a hopeful in Hong Kong’s first “patriots-only” election, is seen by many of her supporters as their “international spokesperson.” “It’s because I know English and I’m willing to speak English,” the…

Interview: Kiwi Chow sees his Cannes protest doc as an ’emotional vent’ for Hongkongers

Hong Kong director Kiwi Chow, who startled the city by premiering protest documentary Revolution of Our Times at the Cannes Festival last month, said he wants his film to act as an “emotional vent” for Hongkongers amid “trauma” from the 2019 unrests and fears arising from the national security law. The 152-minute documentary, which chronicled…

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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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