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Plan to take back Fanling farmland halted as villagers occupy machinery

Henderson Land Development temporarily halted action to clear community farmland in Fanling as villagers took over an excavator and a crane in the area on Tuesday. Protesters managed to break into a fenced off area and hung a banner, which read: “The city and countryside should coexist, [we] oppose forcing villagers from the land,” on the excavator. Only a small number […]

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Occupation of community farm continues as Henderson suspends takeover for another day

Protesters continued to occupy a community farm in Fanling on Thursday as Henderson Land suspended its efforts to take over the farmland for another day. Around 70 security guards were deployed by the developer in the morning as welders moved into the area. Henderson previously acquired the land in Ma Shi Po but the remaining villagers refused to […]

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HKFP Person of the Month, August 2017: Social activist and politician Raphael Wong

A Hong Kong newsmaker is chosen each month by HKFP. Click here to view previous nominees. Raphael Wong, jailed social activist and vice-chairperson of the League of Social Democrats, is selected as our Person of the Month for August 2017. League of Social Democrats’ (LSD) Vice-chairman Raphael Wong was jailed on August 15 along with 12 other […]

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Supporters of jailed Hong Kong activists stage solidarity protests in London and Taiwan

Days after tens of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets to oppose the imprisonment of 16 pro-democracy and land rights activists, groups of protesters organised solidarity actions outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London and in Taiwan. Last Thursday, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow were given six to eight months in jail for […]

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CY Leung rejects accusation of nepotism after appointing ally Paul Chan to senior position

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has denied accusations that he has shown favoritism to allies after he appointed Paul Chan Mo-po to replace former finance secretary John Tsang. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan Ka-keung was acting finance secretary following Tsang’s resignation last month, but he was replaced by Paul Chan on Monday to become […]

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The defence of Wang Chau: Barricades are up, but villagers still hope for talks

On Tuesday, officials from the Lands Department entered the three villages of Wang Chau in the New Territories. Escorted by dozens of police officers, they put up notices announcing that the government would requisition the private-owned greenbelt land within three months. Villagers would thus be evicted by early August. This act caught the villagers by surprise, […]

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Last two protesters leave community farm as development company moves to repossess land

The last two protesters staying on a parcel of farmland in Ma Shi Po, Fanling left the premises on Monday afternoon. The land is set to be repossessed by Henderson Land Development Company Limited. Protesters and villagers have been attempting to prevent the repossession of the land for nearly two months. Henderson said in a press release that […]

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Interview: Veteran ‘post-80s’ activist Yip Po-lam looks back on a decade of social movements in Hong Kong

These days, many young people in their late teens or early 20s may cite the 2012 anti-national education demonstrations or the 2014 Occupy protests as their moment of political enlightenment, with activists such as Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow at the forefront. But a decade ago, it was a wave of resistance against the government that […]

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Tears, arrests as Henderson Land takes back farmland for development

Four people were arrested on Monday as Henderson Land evicted the occupants of a community farm in Fanling. The land will be part of a redevelopment plan in the North Eastern New Territories. A group of 60 security guards hired by Henderson Land Development fenced off the Mapopo Community Farm located in the Ma Shi Po village with […]