When the opposition camp swept the board in the 2019 District Council elections, Hong Kong’s then-leader said she respected the result. Now, officials say the advisory bodies provided a platform to advocates of “black riots.”
As part of its Shifting Narratives series, HKFP examines how the local government went from apologies and denials that the 2019 protests were a “colour revolution,” to deeming the months-long unrest a “pro-independence” riot.
Hong Kong’s police chief warned of imminent action against now-defunct Civil Human Rights Front — even though it cooperated with the force to organise all of its protests in the past. One chief executive even referred to it as a “friend.”