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In Pictures: Hundreds mark third anniversary of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Hundreds gathered outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the third anniversary of mass pro-democracy rallies known as the Umbrella Movement, as fears grow over Beijing’s tightening grip on the city. Tens of thousands blocked major thoroughfares in the city for 79 days starting September 28, 2014 to call for fully free leadership elections in […]

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Woman accused of taking photos inside Hong Kong courtroom during Mong Kok Occupy trial

A woman has been accused of taking photos inside a courtroom during a hearing related to the clearance of the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protest site in Mong Kok. The court was handling the cases of Siew Yun-long, Man For-on, Yung Yiu-sing, Chan Pak-tao and Lou Tit-man, who pleaded not guilty to contempt of court charges. But during […]

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In full: Civil disobedience is not a defence, says judge as Umbrella Movement activists await sentencing

Civil disobedience is not a defence for a criminal charge, District Court Judge Johnny Chan said in his verdict against nine leading Umbrella Movement activists on Tuesday. Each of the activists was found guilty of public nuisance charges in relation to the 79-day protests in 2014, and could now face up to seven years behind […]

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Hong Kong democracy leaders await Umbrella Movement verdict

Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners will find out if they face jail Tuesday for their involvement in mass rallies, with their trial sparking renewed alarm over shrinking political freedoms under an assertive China. They are among nine activists facing rarely used colonial-era public nuisance charges for their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests calling […]

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Exclusive offer: Receive Kong Tsung-gan’s new book on post-Occupy Hong Kong with a HK$200 donation to HKFP

Writer and HKFP columnist Kong Tsung-gan’s seminal Umbrella: A Political Tale from Hong Kong was the most comprehensive account of the 2014 Umbrella Movement. His new book, As Long As There Is Resistance, There Is Hope, picks up where Umbrella left off, chronicling the post-Occupy era in 28 essays published from 2014 through 2018. Exclusive […]

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Retired cop who assaulted pedestrian during 2014 Occupy protests returns to jail after court dismisses appeal

Retired police officer Frankly Chu was remanded in custody after the High Court dismissed his appeal on Friday. Chu was convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm last December for striking a pedestrian in Mong Kok during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. Videos taken on November 26, 2014 appeared to show him hitting pedestrians with a baton without prior warning. Chu […]

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3 Hong Kong activists incl. Joshua Wong remanded in custody over 2019 demo, sentencing next Wed

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow have been remanded in custody on unauthorised assembly charges linked to the siege of the police headquarters in Wan Chai last June. The trio will face sentencing next Wednesday. At the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Monday, Wong admitted to inciting and organising an […]

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In Pictures: ‘Give back hope’ – Thousands join protest after Hong Kong jails pro-democracy figures

Thousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement rallies, were sentenced to six to eight months in jail Thursday for their role in a protest that sparked the months-long demonstrations calling for democratic […]