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‘It’s never easy to fight for what we believe in’, says democracy activist Agnes Chow

By Claire Provost Agnes Chow was still a teenager in September 2014, when she joined thousands of other young people on the streets of Hong Kong, in a historic pro-democracy protest lasting 79 days that became known as the “umbrella movement.” Last week Chow travelled to Strasbourg, France, to attend the Council of Europe’s 2017 World […]

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HKFP Lens: ‘We’ll be back’ – The clearance of the Occupy Admiralty camp, Part 1 of 2

During the final days of the pro-democracy Occupy protests in 2014, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying predicted that authorities would see “furious resistance” from protesters during the Admiralty clear-out operation. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam warned that “some radical elements” had infiltrated the protest camp. Click here for part two. However, the clear-out operation was peaceful throughout. Fifty […]

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‘You are not alone’: Hongkongers abroad mobilise to oppose extradition law changes

Hongkongers around the world are mobilising to protest against the controversial extradition bill, which is set for its second reading at the legislature next week. The bill, if passed, will allow Hong Kong to transfer fugitives to jurisdictions with which it has no existing rendition deal – most notably China. The bill has been criticised […]

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Lawfare waged by the Hong Kong government is crushing the hopes of democrats

Law is being used to silence the democracy movement in Hong Kong. One in three pro-democracy legislators have been prosecuted by the government since the Umbrella Movement of 2014. More than a hundred democracy activists and protestors have been prosecuted. The Secretary of Justice has constantly sought to maximise sentencing, slapping years of jail time […]

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Video: Domestic workers express solidarity at Hong Kong’s march against democracy activist jailings

Hong Kong’s domestic worker community participated in a protest against the imprisonment of 16 local democracy and land rights activists on Sunday. Last Thursday, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced to six to eight months in jail for their role in a protest that sparked the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. Earlier in the week, 13 activists were […]

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Video: UK concerned about Hong Kong’s China extradition bill, urges preservation of ‘One Country Two Systems’

Britain’s Minister for Asia has raised concerns over the plan to amend Hong Kong’s extradition laws, saying it is in China’s interests to maintain the city’s status as an international financial centre and preserve the One Country Two Systems model. At a regular parliamentary session on Tuesday, Mark Field responded to a question posed by MP […]

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After 1,103 days we’re still waiting: Where is CY Leung’s ‘Occupy was a foreign plot’ evidence?

Three years ago this week, Occupy Central was in full swing. It was also around this time, in October 2014, that the then-Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying declared that he was fully convinced that foreign forces had been meddling in the city’s politics. When asked to put forward some proof of this, he told us all […]

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‘Free Hong Kong’ flash mob in Poland shows support for jailed Umbrella Movement activists

Dozens of people in Poland have signalled their support for Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement activists, four of whom were jailed last month. A video of the event was published on Tuesday, showing about 80 people standing in a line and passing a piece of paper that said “#FreeHongKong!” The video also included the slogan, “Say […]