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Trial of Umbrella Movement activists enters final stretch as prosecution makes argument for public nuisance

Hong Kong prosecutors made their concluding arguments on Tuesday as part of the ongoing trial against nine activists involved in the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests. Director of Public Prosecutions David Leung told the court that protesters can exercise their right to peaceful demonstration, but the 2014 demonstrations occupied public roads and became an “unreasonable obstruction.” Leung […]

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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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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises over extradition row, as crowds occupy roads demanding her resignation

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has apologised to Hong Kong people saying she promises to accept criticism as thousands occupy roads in another mass protest against the postponed extradition bill. The government said in a statement on Sunday that the city’s leader has accepted responsibility for recent clashes that broke out between police and protesters opposing the controversial […]

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Student protester in restored Tiananmen Massacre video identified as Hong Kong activist

A student protester who appeared in a restored video of the Tiananmen Massacre has been identified as Hong Kong lawyer Kenneth Lam, HKFP has learned. Canadian journalist Arthur Kent released his 13-minute film Black Night In June last month, which documents the bloody crackdown firsthand. The film pauses on a young couple in the square hours after the People’s […]

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‘Community spaces are the future’: political artist Sampson Wong finds inspiration and solace in ‘deteriorating’ Hong Kong

Sampson Wong has a knack for finding dramatic places to display his art: he once used the side of the city’s tallest skyscraper as a canvas and – in 2014 – he made use of the wall of the government headquarters whilst thousands of Hongkongers outside clamoured for democracy. These days, however, a humble storefront […]

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Hongkongers’ lack of sovereignty does not equal lack of dignity

Last month, the Chinese government decided to unilaterally insert national security law into Hong Kong’s Basic Law, bypassing our own legislature. The draft version has been approved by the National People’s Congress and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who said she will cooperate when the competed version is prepared. This act by China is, […]

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Gun control is America’s blind spot, but we also have things we would rather not see

With 59 confirmed deaths and over 500 wounded, the Las Vegas mass shooting is the deadliest one in modern American history. Places like Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, Sandy Hook, Orlando—and now Sin City—are forever associated with carnage and death tolls. Not a week goes by in America without a horrific gun attack in a shopping mall, […]

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Three years on, the Umbrella Movement fallout determines Hong Kong politics today

The rise of localism; a nascent self-determination movement; candidates disqualified on political grounds from running for Legislative Council seats; Umbrella Movement leaders and grassroots activists getting elected to Legco… and then six of them getting disqualified; the elaborate charade of the Chief Executive “election”; prosecutions and jailings…. This does not look like a stable, legitimate […]