The national anthem law, which criminalises insulting March of the Volunteers, was approved by China’s legislative body in 2017. Violators in China face detention of up to 15 days by police, or criminal prosecution. It is also set to be rolled out in Hong Kong.


Hong Kong police arrest 3 pro-democracy ex-lawmakers in connection with throwing foul-smelling objects in legislature

Three former pro-democracy lawmakers – Eddie Chu, Ray Chan and Ted Hui – were arrested on Wednesday morning in connection with throwing foul-smelling objects in the legislature in May and June. According to Hui’s Facebook page, the Democratic Party member was apprehended on suspicion of contempt under the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance and […]

Exclusive: RTHK Radio 3 to play Chinese national anthem daily from mid-Nov

Hong Kong’s RTHK Radio 3 is to start playing the Chinese national anthem every morning at 8 am, HKFP has learned. The embattled public broadcaster will play March of the Volunteers daily from November 16, three sources familiar with the matter have confirmed. In June, a new government-appointed board of advisers said that RTHK needs […]


Progress and radical hope: reflecting on a year of Hong Kong’s anti-authoritarian struggle

June 12 this year marks the one-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition law movement. A year ago that day, thousands of protesters surrounded the Legislative Council Complex to oppose the extradition bill. Later that evening, a group of young activists stormed the building. They were met with rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray. Since […]

Beijing’s national security law dilemma: Transparency… with Hongkongers?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) convened the Central Committee in Beijing in late October 2019. The committee endorsed a decision that apparently has great significance for governance in Hong Kong and the future of One Country, Two Systems. At a press conference on November 1, party leaders let the world know that the Central Committee […]


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