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Ex-US consul-general says Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong serves as a warning to Taiwan

Former US consul-general Stephen Young has said that any promises Beijing makes to Taiwan under One Country, Two Systems “are not worth the paper they are written on.” In an op-ed for the Taipei Times last week, he wrote that young Hong Kong activists had inherited false promises of freedom under the Handover agreement formulated […]

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HKFP Lens: ‘We’ll be back’ – The clearance of the Occupy Admiralty camp, Part 1 of 2

During the final days of the pro-democracy Occupy protests in 2014, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying predicted that authorities would see “furious resistance” from protesters during the Admiralty clear-out operation. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam warned that “some radical elements” had infiltrated the protest camp. Click here for part two. However, the clear-out operation was peaceful throughout. Fifty […]

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to hold primaries ahead of legislative elections

Pro-democracy activists have launched a platform to hold primaries for candidates running in Hong Kong’s upcoming legislative election. Co-founder of the 2014 Occupy protests Benny Tai, Power for Democracy convener Andrew Chiu and several district council chairs revealed at a press conference on Tuesday that they plan to hold primaries among five directly-elected geographical constituencies, […]

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Soothing the anniversary blues, 5 years on: Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement was a lesson in civic engagement

There are dates on the calendar that bring back uncomfortable, distressing or even painful memories—of natural disasters, of gun violence, of bloody government crackdowns.  They give us what pop psychologists call “anniversary blues.” Today is one of those days. Five years ago, on September 28, 2014, what began as a mass protest morphed into an […]

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Hong Kong’s top court rejects activist Raphael Wong’s appeal against Umbrella Movement jail sentence

Hong Kong’s top court on Tuesday rejected an activist’s bid to overturn his contempt of court conviction, as judges said he unquestionably intended to block court bailiffs from clearing a pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protest site in 2014. The League of Social Democrats vice-chair was among 20 protesters jailed in 2014 after failing to comply with an injunction […]

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Hong Kong cancels National Day fireworks on Oct 1 as protests continue

Hong Kong’s government has cancelled an annual October 1 fireworks display to mark National Day citing public safety concerns. “In view of the latest situation and having regard to public safety, the National Day Fireworks Display originally scheduled to take place at Victoria Harbour in the evening of October 1 (Tuesday) will be cancelled,” the […]

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Amnesty International decries ‘chilling effect’ of Hong Kong’s prosecution of pro-democracy figures

NGO Amnesty International has decried the “chilling effect” of the Hong Kong government’s recent public order-related prosecutions upon freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in the city. In its annual State of the World’s Human Rights Report released on Thursday, Amnesty’s Hong Kong Director Mabel Au said that the use of vague charges in […]

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Trial ends for nine Umbrella Movement activists, judgment expected in April

The trial of activists involved in the 2014 Umbrella Movement ended on Friday, with the court’s judgment expected to come out April 9 next year. The 20-day trial came after the biggest pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong history, which saw thousands occupying Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay for 79 days. Nine activists and politicians […]