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Coronavirus sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong

by Su Xinqi After a coronavirus-fuelled wave of panic-buying briefly left Hong Kong’s supermarket shelves bare, residents are turning to local producers for fresh food in a city almost entirely reliant on imports. COVID-19 has threatened global supply chains as countries impose lockdowns and border restrictions, but for Hong Kong’s dwindling farming community, the pandemic […]

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Interview: Veteran ‘post-80s’ activist Yip Po-lam looks back on a decade of social movements in Hong Kong

These days, many young people in their late teens or early 20s may cite the 2012 anti-national education demonstrations or the 2014 Occupy protests as their moment of political enlightenment, with activists such as Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow at the forefront. But a decade ago, it was a wave of resistance against the government that […]

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HKFP Person of the Month, August 2017: Social activist and politician Raphael Wong

A Hong Kong newsmaker is chosen each month by HKFP. Click here to view previous nominees. Raphael Wong, jailed social activist and vice-chairperson of the League of Social Democrats, is selected as our Person of the Month for August 2017. League of Social Democrats’ (LSD) Vice-chairman Raphael Wong was jailed on August 15 along with 12 other […]

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Supporters of jailed Hong Kong activists stage solidarity protests in London and Taiwan

Days after tens of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets to oppose the imprisonment of 16 pro-democracy and land rights activists, groups of protesters organised solidarity actions outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London and in Taiwan. Last Thursday, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow were given six to eight months in jail for […]

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Hong Kong gov’t appeals sentences for protesters who opposed New Territories development plan

The Department of Justice has appealed against the sentencing of 13 protesters who stormed the Legislative Council to oppose the development of Northeast New Territories in 2014, saying that community service punishment was “too light.” The defendants include League of Social Democrats (LSD) Vice-Chairman Raphael Wong, Land Justice League convener Willis Ho and activist Billy Chiu. Last February, […]

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The defence of Wang Chau: Barricades are up, but villagers still hope for talks

On Tuesday, officials from the Lands Department entered the three villages of Wang Chau in the New Territories. Escorted by dozens of police officers, they put up notices announcing that the government would requisition the private-owned greenbelt land within three months. Villagers would thus be evicted by early August. This act caught the villagers by surprise, […]

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Suspected arson attack at Fanling farmland at centre of dispute between villagers and property developer

A fire swept through an empty tin house at the Ma Shi Po farmland in the Northeast New Territories at noon on Tuesday, in a suspected case of arson. The farmland is at the centre of a long-running repossession and redevelopment saga. A government development plan from 2013 controversially allowed majority landowner Henderson Land Development to “exchange” the status of the […]

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CY Leung rejects accusation of nepotism after appointing ally Paul Chan to senior position

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has denied accusations that he has shown favoritism to allies after he appointed Paul Chan Mo-po to replace former finance secretary John Tsang. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan Ka-keung was acting finance secretary following Tsang’s resignation last month, but he was replaced by Paul Chan on Monday to become […]