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Video: Hong Kong Chief Exec. Carrie Lam faces protests during Lingnan graduation ceremony

Students from Lingnan University shouted protest slogans during their graduation ceremony as Chief Executive Carrie Lam sat on stage last week. Around ten students, who were from a master’s programme in cultural studies, staged protests as they were called on stage last Thursday. They said they opposed Lam’s proposal to build 1,700-hectare artificial islands near […]

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The organisation and future of Hong Kong’s ‘open source’ anti-extradition law movement

By Oiwan Lam In the wake of the 2019 anti-extradition protests that swept Hong Kong, local cafe Brew Note hosted a public salon to discuss the new generation of protesters on the island. The guest speaker was Professor Francis Li, director of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who […]

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‘We were always willing to be sacrificed’: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders go on trial

Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners face trial Monday over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China. Rights groups have urged authorities to drop what Amnesty International called the “chilling prosecution” of nine activists — the pioneering trio, lawmakers, student leaders […]

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Violence condemned, but storming of Hong Kong’s legislature has not dispelled public sympathy for protesters

By Kenneth Ng The consistently peaceful mass demonstrations for democracy in Hong Kong have won international acclaim. But this record was somewhat tarnished by the storming of the legislature by protesters in the evening of July 1. Nevertheless, public opinion in Hong Kong society remains divided. Condemnations of violence went parallel with sympathy for the […]

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‘The gov’t has no shame’: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement democracy trio prepare for trial

by Elaine Yu & Yan Zhao Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners go on trial next week over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China. The justice department has prosecuted leading activists from the 2014 protests, with some also barred from standing […]

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Amnesty International decries ‘chilling effect’ of Hong Kong’s prosecution of pro-democracy figures

NGO Amnesty International has decried the “chilling effect” of the Hong Kong government’s recent public order-related prosecutions upon freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in the city. In its annual State of the World’s Human Rights Report released on Thursday, Amnesty’s Hong Kong Director Mabel Au said that the use of vague charges in […]

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‘We have done what we need to do’: Activist-scholar Benny Tai reflects on Hong Kong’s democracy movement on Occupy anniversary

Six years ago this Monday, tens of thousands of protesters poured onto a major road in Admiralty – the heart of Hong Kong – as police fired volleys of tear gas. It was the start of a 79-day blockade of major roads, with tents replacing traffic, which sparked international awareness and interest in Hong Kong’s […]

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Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters occupy roads at gov’t and police HQ after vowing ‘escalation’

Hong Kong anti-extradition law protesters flocked to the city’s legislature on Friday morning, blocking roads around the government complex before surrounding police headquarters in Wan Chai as some moved east to Revenue Tower. Student groups had vowed to escalate their actions if authorities did not answer to their demands by 5pm on Thursday. Clad in black, many stayed […]

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What will Hong Kong’s ‘leaderless’ anti-extradition law protesters do next?

By Elaine Yu and Jacques Clement Hong Kong’s “leaderless” demonstrations brought millions of people onto the streets and forced the city’s pro-Beijing leadership into a rare climbdown. But with no one directing the action, where does the movement go now? The unpopular bill that sparked the protests and would have allowed extradition to mainland China has […]