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Exclusive: Why Hong Kong political artist Kacey Wong is optimistic despite the looming threat of censorship

In an exclusive live interview with HKFP, artist Kacey Wong has said that the future of Hong Kong dissident art will be new, alternative platforms, adding that the national security law will only galvanise creativity in Hong Kong. The Cornell-educated artist – who describes himself as a “cultural fireman” – is known for his political […]

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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 […]

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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong returns to jail after court hears Umbrella Movement appeal

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong returned to prison on Thursday after he sought to appeal a court case relating to the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. However, the appeal judge shortened the sentence from three months to two. Wong was among several protesters who failed to comply with an injunction to clear the Umbrella Movement protest camp in […]

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Convicted Umbrella Movement activists Tanya Chan and Shiu Ka-chun in recovery after medical procedures

Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan has completed a surgical procedure to remove a life-threatening tumour from her brain. Her office announced the news on Tuesday afternoon, but gave no specifics on Chan’s condition except to say she was resting. “Tanya has always wanted to receive treatment in a low-profile way, to avoid causing pressure to […]

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Hong Kong Umbrella Movement activist Tommy Cheung appeals for public support on eve of sentencing

Former student leader Tommy Cheung has made a last-minute call for the public to submit letters to the court on his behalf – a decision he arrived at after much internal conflict, he said. Cheung was among nine leading Umbrella Movement activists that were convicted of public nuisance charges earlier this month. The nine will […]

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New identity forged in Hong Kong’s protests will outlive the current ‘crisis’

As Hong Kong ushers in a new year (and a new strain of deadly coronavirus with accompanying paranoia), it seems appropriate to pause and take stock of the current state of the city’s embattled protesters, who continue to face sustained, uncompromising resistance from the Hong Kong government. Authorities have so far proven unwilling to recognise the […]

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In Full: ‘Don’t get used to the dark’ – Shiu Ka-chun’s Umbrella Movement speech ahead of sentencing

Shiu Ka-chun 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. Hong Kong Free Press has translated the speech from its Cantonese original. A statement by Shiu Ka-chun On […]

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In Full: ‘Hong Kong citizens will not be discouraged’ – Lee Wing-tat’s Umbrella Movement speech ahead of sentencing

Lee Wing-tat was among nine leading Umbrella Movement activists found guilty of public nuisance for their involvement in the 2014 pro-democracy protests on Tuesday. His legal team have shared Lee’s final submission to the court ahead of his sentencing. He read out a Chinese version in court on Wednesday morning. A mitigation statement by Lee Wing-tat. His Honour […]