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In Full: ‘I have no regrets, we do not give up’ – Reverend Chu’s Umbrella Movement speech ahead of sentencing

On Tuesday, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming was among nine leading Umbrella Movement activists found guilty of public nuisance for their involvement in the 2014 pro-democracy protests. His legal team have shared Chu’s final submission to the court ahead of his sentencing. He read out a Chinese version in court on Tuesday afternoon. Confessions of a Bell […]

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District Council elections: will we see a dramatic upheaval, or will officials fix it?

Hong Kong has had two major protest election cycles and pro-democracy partisans did better than expected in both.  The first was in 2003-04, the second in 2015-16.  A third will begin next month, and everyone is either hoping, or bracing, for a similar result. Contending forces remain as before: pro-democracy and pro-establishment, with multiple shades […]

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Hong Kong’s top court rejects final appeal by retired cop Frankly Chu over Occupy pedestrian assault

Hong Kong’s top court has rejected a final appeal application from retired police officer Frankly Chu. Video evidence showed Chu hitting a pedestrian with a baton without prior warning during the Umbrella Movement protests in 2014. Chu was convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm in December 2017 and was first sentenced to three months’ imprisonment by a magistrate. He was allowed to […]

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Retired police officer convicted of assaulting pedestrian requests conditional release

Lawyers for retired police officer Frankly Chu have asked a judge for his conditional release after he was convicted of assaulting a pedestrian in 2014. Chu is appealing his sentence and conviction for assault occasioning bodily harm handed down last December. Videos taken on November 26, 2014 during the pro-democracy Occupy protests appear to show Chu striking pedestrians with […]

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Views from behind bars: can Hong Kong’s imprisoned activists make their voices heard?

Officials are no doubt trying to think what else they can do to eliminate his influence. But even though political life has now been reduced to a mere shadow of what Hongkongers once hoped it might be under Chinese post-colonial rule, Beijing’s “one-country, two-systems” formula is still making a difference. If Professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting, […]

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Ex-Hong Kong police commander who oversaw 2014 Umbrella Movement returns to handle protests

Hong Kong’s police force has brought a senior officer out of retirement to serve as a temporary second-in-command tasked with handling the ongoing anti-government protests and the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China celebrations. Alan Lau, who served as deputy commissioner of police before retiring at the end of last year, has been […]

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Jailed Hong Kong democracy leader Benny Tai sent to solitary confinement over strike action

A leading activist jailed over the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement has been transferred to solitary confinement after he joined Monday’s general strike while in prison. Legal scholar Benny Tai, one of the original proponents of the 2014 street occupation protests, was sentenced to 16 months in jail in April over public nuisance charges. Pro-democracy lawmaker […]

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7 protesters to plead guilty to criminal contempt over Mong Kok Umbrella Movement camp clearance

Seven protesters plan to plead guilty to criminal contempt of court in relation to the clearance of the pro-democracy Occupy protest site in Mong Kok. In total, 15 remain accused of failing to comply with a court injunction to clear the Umbrella Movement site in November 2014. During a pre-trial review at the High Court on Monday, […]

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‘I will never give up’: Law professor Benny Tai takes the stand in trial of 2014 pro-democracy activists

Occupy Central co-founder and law professor Benny Tai made an emotional paean to civil disobedience and democracy on Wednesday as the trial of nine pro-democracy activists approaches an end. Tai told the court that the intent of the 2014 occupy movement was to arouse public concern for Hong Kong’s democratic deficit, not to cause unreasonable […]