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Hong Kong’s director of public prosecutions David Leung resigns over differences with justice secretary

Hong Kong’s Director of Public Prosecutions David Leung has resigned from his role, citing differences with the Secretary for Justice (SJ) Teresa Cheng. “It is most unfortunate that I do not see eye to eye with the SJ on the running of the PD [Prosecutions Division], and the situation has not improved with the passage […]

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The Occupy 9 trial shows Hong Kong’s judicial standards are out of line with the rest of the world’s

Well, the Umbrella Movement legal saga grinds on. Basically, these are the people who in disciplinary circles would be labelled “ringleaders.” The charges were some interesting legal antiques involving “inciting to commit a public nuisance,” and even “inciting to incite a public nuisance.” All this has been much commented on. Having been convicted, the defendants made […]

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In Full: ‘I believe we will be reborn’ – Eason Chung’s Umbrella Movement speech ahead of sentencing

Eason Chung was one of the nine leading Umbrella Movement activists found guilty of public nuisance for their involvement in the 2014 pro-democracy protests on Tuesday. He read a statement in court on Wednesday morning ahead of his sentencing. He has kindly assisted Hong Kong Free Press with the translation of his speech, from the original in […]

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Video: Accusations of political persecution unfounded, says Chief Exec. Carrie Lam after Umbrella Movement convictions

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed accusations that Hong Kong has been using judicial means to politically persecute Umbrella Movement activists. Nine leading activists of the 2014 pro-democracy movement were found guilty of public nuisance charges on Tuesday. They each face up to seven years in prison. Lam said on Wednesday afternoon that she had noticed […]

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Police round up protesters on Hong Kong Island after rally, as fight breaks out at pro-democracy message board

Masked men attacked onlookers in Fortress Hill in the early hours of Sunday as they tried to tear down a neighbourhood pro-democracy “Lennon Wall” message board. Meanwhile, police conducted stop-and-search operations in multiple districts following a protest on Saturday evening which turned violent. At around 12:30am, around five men ripped up messages posted on a […]

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‘Hongkongers are very quick learners’: Cantopop star-activist Denise Ho on walking shoulder to shoulder with protesters

Cantopop star turned activist Denise Ho has spent the past six years protesting against Hong Kong’s political system but she still has faith in its potential to reform. “I do think that in order to change the system you have to do it internally and also externally,” she told HKFP last week. “To try all […]

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Two Hong Kong cops freed over activist Ken Tsang assault case, five others have jail terms reduced

Two Hong Kong police officers walked free on Friday after the Court of Appeal overturned their convictions on the assault of activist Ken Tsang in 2014. Of the seven officers involved in the case, appeal judges on Friday found two of them not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Their two-year jail sentences were quashed […]

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The bill is dead? Chief Exec. Carrie Lam is throwing dust in Hongkongers’ eyes – democracy is the only solution

On Tuesday morning, Chief Executive Carrie Lam appeared at a much-anticipated conference. Not only has she merely hinted at the potential withdrawal of the Extradition Bill (“the bill is dead”)—thus falling short of agreeing to any of the Anti-Extradition protesters’ many demands—her statement only reiterated the same platitudes the SAR government has been spouting for […]

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Sing Hallelujah to the Lord: How the church is reminding Hong Kong’s gov’t to listen to the people

Every day after the first march against the government’s extradition bill on June 9, there was a group of Christians singing and praying outside the Legislative Council building. What were they praying for and what has it got to do with the proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Bill? At the second big march on June […]

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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong released from prison, calls on Chief Exec. Carrie Lam to resign

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been released from prison, telling reporters that Chief Executive Carrie Lam must resign amid mass protests over the controversial extradition law. Wong served the remaining part of his two months sentence, as he completed part of it last year before being bailed pending an appeal. He was jailed again […]